Outings

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS ON THIS PAGE

2021

Sunday 13 Jun 7:30am - Lockyer Valley Day Outing
Wed June 23 7:30am - Kumbartcho Sanctuary
Sunday July 18th 7:00 am - Mookin-Bah Reserve, Ransome
Tues 20th July 7:30 am - Dan Stiller Reserve

Outings elsewhere

General information

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Rainbow Bee-eaters
A. Parmiter

Birds Queensland has two main outings each month, one on a weekend, and the other in mid-week. The Photogroup usually has an outing each month on the weekend, mostly in the morning, though the tide influences the timing if waders are the target. Details for these outings over the next few months are recorded on this page below.

In addition, there are Easy Start walks for new members, on the fourth Sunday of each month (except December). Interested persons should contact Dawn Muir by telephone 3870 8076 or by for details of locations and timing.

The Queensland Waders Study Group usually has a monthly outing (for Wader counts and other wader related activities), timed to suit the tide on a Sunday early in each month. Details are given on their web page.

Outings organized by the Noosa Parks Association are included here for those who would like to participate. Please contact the organizers if you intend to participate in these activities.

The details of some of the following outings listed may need to be confirmed, and additional outings may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here at least each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the nominated Leader for more precise directions. It is also important to notify the Leader to confirm your attendance. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Noisy Friarbird M. Gilpin

Walking Track Grading system

Birds Queensland uses a Walking Track Grading System, which is based on Queensland National Parks grading system.

Walk leaders are asked to identify a grade level for their walks in the announcements. Walk participants are asked to consider which walks suit them best.

Grade 1:
Flat, well-formed track, no steps. Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
Grade 2:
Formed track. May have gentle hills and some steps. No bushwalking experience required.
Grade 3:
Formed track, some obstacles. May have short steep hills and many steps. Bushwalking experience and a moderate fitness level recommended.
Grade 4:
Rough track. May be long and very steep; for experienced, fit bushwalkers.

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Sunday 13 Jun 7:30am - Lockyer Valley Day Outing

Leaders: Rae Clark, Paul Marty, Scott Fox
To book: phone 3391 1642, or
mobile - on the day only:
      0418 899 967 - Paul Marty, or
      0479 178 766 - Scott Fox
Grade: 2

Description: It is 3 years since Birds Queensland had an outing to the Lockyer Valley. The area has some interesting birds and a variety of birds of prey could be seen.

This will be a full day outing and participants will be limited to 40 so please book by emailing or phoning Rae Clark.

There has been some recent rain in the Lockyer Valley but currently some of the water areas, including Lake Clarendon, remain low. However, good birds continue to be seen including Cockatiel, Red-rumped Parrot, Grey-crowned Babbler, Ground Cuckoo Shrike, Plumed Whistling Duck and a variety of raptors.

Our starting point will be Atkinsons Dam, Somerset and we will then move on to Adare Road (Redbank Creek), with an option via Lake Clarendon to see if the Grey-crowned Babblers are at home, before having lunch at Lake Apex, Gatton. After lunch, we will visit Pechey’s Lagoon, Lower Tenthill and finish up at Lake Galletly, University of Queensland Gatton campus where we hope to see Red-rumped Parrots.

For those interested in the birds which could be seen at the various sites, eBird links are as follows:

Atkinsons Dam:
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784
Lake Clarendon: optional stop
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784
Adare Road (Redbank Creek):
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784
Lake Apex:
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784
Pechey’s Lagoon:
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784
Lake Galletly:
https://ebird.org/australia/hotspot/L959784

Car Pooling: We strongly encourage people to carpool for:

  • environmental benefits,
  • to save people fuel/money,
  • to decrease the size of the convoy, which will improve road safety.

When booking for this outing, could you please advise if you would like to carpool and whether you can take others with you or would like to get a lift. We will try and link up people from the same area or who will/can travel via a common route. Pick up/drop off points can be arranged once arrangements have been made.

Directions: We will meet in the car park at Atkinsons Dam at 7.30 a.m. Atkinson’s Dam can be accessed via the Coominya Connection Road off the Brisbane Valley Highway or Forest Hill-Fernvale Road off the Warrego Highway. A limited supply of the Bird Places of Lockyer Valley will be available, sufficient for one for each car, to help you find your way to the various sites on the day. For those who would like a brochure of their own, you can pick one up at the Visitor Information Centre at Lake Apex in Gatton which will be our lunch stop. Please bring morning tea, lunch, water and a chair plus sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and a hat. It can be cooler in the Lockyer Valley than in Brisbane so you may want to put in an extra pullover or jacket, just in case. Also please bring 2 way radios if you have them to assist with communication when in convoy.

UBD Map Reference Atkinson's dam is outside Brisbane UBD map coverage.
GPS for the car park at the dam is -27.421543, 152.450092.

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Wed June 23 7:30am - Kumbartcho Sanctuary

Leader: Sue Lee
Phone: 0419 789 168
Grade: 2

Description: Kumbartcho is a council owned Flora & Fauna Sanctuary that adjoins the South Pine River at Eatons Hill. There are remnants of riverine rainforest next to the river that existed when European Settlers first came to the area.

In the past 15 years a group of South Pine River Warriors have planted approximately 140,000 trees & other plants making this reserve the perfect habitat for what now has a wonderful list of 163 species of birds over the past 8 years or so of birding there – per eBird.

The track along the river is an easy walk of approximately 1.5kms (each way) after walking down a set of stairs from the carparks & dam.

The walk will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours dependant on our pace. As usual please wear hat, sunscreen & insect repellent, and bring hand sanitizer. We will have morning tea & bird call somewhere at the facility between the 2 car parks chosen when we finish the walk. There are toilets at the complex & please also bring a chair. For anyone interested, there is a plant nursery for any gardening enthusiasts

Directions: 2nd car park, Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill, Brisbane northside.

UBD Map Reference 107 M16

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Sunday 18th July 7:00 am - Mookin-Bah Reserve, Ransome

Leader: Frank Burch
Phone: 0427 886 636 or
Grade: 2

Description: This lovely reserve intersected by the Lota Creek includes woodland, wetland and grassland areas and a very good variety of birds. Walking is easy on flat pathways and tracks, though some of the grassed area directly alongside the Lota Creek can at times be soft underfoot so appropriate footwear is advised.

No promises, but fifty + observed species is not uncommon at this location. The walk begins at 7.00am sharp and we will take between 3-4 hours depending on avian activity, followed by morning tea and bird call. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser, a chair and refreshments as usual.

Directions:

From Rickertt Road turn north into Chelsea Road and the signposted entrance to the Mookin-Bah Reserve is on the left between private acreage properties approximately half way along this stretch of road.

Parking is easy though please note that there are no toilet facilities at this site.

UBD Map Reference 163 M16

GPS Reference 27.481S,153.1819E

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Tues 20th July 7:30 am - Dan Stiller Reserve

Leader: David Niland
Phone: 3379 2344 or
Grade: 2

Description: This combined walk will start and finish at the new Warril Park area of Dan Stiller Reserve, . Parking, picnic and toilets are available and the walk will be in two sections, leading west and north from this starting place.

The smaller loop will be through tall open forest and the longer walk will be north past various small waterbodies to the Sea-Eagle lookout near the Logan Motorway and back. There is a pleasant picnic facility beside a small lagoon for morning tea.

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 40 people, so please advise David Niland if you wish to attend. Use contact details above.

Directions: The starting point is Warril Parkland. Car park is just off Paradise Road near its the southern end (1059 Paradise Road), Larapinta (south of the Logan Motorway)

UBD Map Reference 239 F12

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Outings Elsewhere

To connect with other bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be very welcome to join a local group:

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed Valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, BirdLife Northern NSW advertises its outings on http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-northern-nsw/. If you are attending for the first time or have any questions about the group's outings, please contact Anne Jones on 0418 244 262 or email Anne at jones.oz@gmail.com.

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.30 a.m. Contact Beth Hall 5534 2049 or Jim Lucas 5580 0013 for details on the next week's outing.

Birdlife Southern Queensland – other branches

Using the following link, discover outings which may be arranged by other BSQ branches http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with monthly outings. Contact the president, Sandy Robertson, on 4697 2133 or 0415 277 145.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

This local group has regular weekly walks – every Wednesday from 7 a.m. in summer and 7.30 a.m. in winter. They select a different venue the week before so contact John Knight on 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens, 114-132 Fairhill Road, Ninderry and every second Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Road, Kureelpa. Starting time is 7 a.m. every month except May, June, July and August when we start at 8 a.m. Contact Lionel and Brenda Findlay on 07 5491 2316 or John and Lyla Hansen or 07 54417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Noosa Parks Association Inc Bird Observers Group

An interpretive bird walk takes place every Friday, except Public Holidays, before the Friday Environment Forum (FEF). Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the library at 8.30 a.m. Contact the coordinator – Valda McLean 5476 2123 braelochen@bigpond.com The program is on the Noosa Parks website www.noosaparks.org.au and will be updated as necessary.

Cairns Birding

A regular bird walk is held at Centenary Lakes, Cairns on the first Sunday of the month. Field trips are organised for every Sunday in the Cairns, Tablelands or Innisfail areas. Please contact Andy Anderson on 0476 167 713 for details if you are interested in attending a walk.

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Queensland). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). The Group produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information, contact Bernice Seton 0427 631 080.


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