Sunday 25 November 6.45am - Eagleby Wetlands
Tuesday 27 November 7.00 am - Tarcoola Street, St Lucia
Sunday 9 December 6.30 am - Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Cleveland, QLD 4163
Wednesday 12 December 6.45 am - Kedron Brook Wetlands

Outings elsewhere

General information

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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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Sunday 25 November 6.45am - Eagleby Wetlands

Leader: George Chapman Phone: 3459 2321 Mobile: 0423 965 002

This has become a regular annual outing in November. Eagleby Wetlands consists of lagoons and bushland bordered by the Oliver Sports Complex, Albert River, and the local sewage treatment works. It has a great variety of bush and water birds in an area easily covered without too much exertion. For the past 5 years we have averaged more than 80 birds at each outing, including two years ago, when the lagoons were dry. And it is less than 45 minutes from the CBD by car!

Directions: From the north, exit the Pacifc Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffc lights and 1.5km later turn left into Oliver Sports Complex. After 200m turn right and right again into the car park. We meet there at 6:45am. There are toilet facilities on the complex. As always, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a chair and morning refreshments.

Map Reference: UBD 264 N18

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Tuesday 27 November 7.00 am - Tarcoola Street, St Lucia

Leader: Lyn Cole Mobile: 0427 599 890

This weekday walk will follow the path along the Brisbane River, beside the golf club from the junction of Tarcoola Street and The Esplanade. We return along the same track which is close to the mangroves, moving through regenerated forest. We can expect to see water birds, wrens, raptors, and a range of forest birds. Kingfshers nest in termite mounds, and Orioles have used a range of nesting sites around Sandy Creek.

A limited amount of parking is available on the Esplanade, and other spaces are available on the 'down' branch of Tarcoola St, which runs down from Hawken Drive.

There are no toilets available close by. Please come covered in insect repellent, bring cold drink, and a chair.

Map reference: UBD 179 D7

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Sunday 9 December 6.30 am - Henry Ziegenfusz Park, Cleveland, QLD 4163

Leader: Frank Burch Mobile: 0427 886 636

To help beat the heat we'll start promptly at 6.30am from the cricket club car park off Fitzroy Street, Cleveland - please access Fitzroy Street via either Ocean Street or Beach Street to ensure you get to the correct end of this split Fitzroy Street road.

The area to be covered is an approximate 5km (2.5km each way) coastal fringe return walk, taking in parkland, mangroves, and bush boardwalks. Walking is easy though please note that at the end of the Goleby Esplanade section where there is access through the mangroves to the open shoreline at lower tides this can be wet underfoot, so waterproof footwear is recommended here if you choose to walk through the mangroves to the waterfront. The last walk here in December 2017 had over 60 bird species identified.

Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a chair, and refreshments as usual. There are toilet facilities here at the car park entrance.

Map reference: UBD 205 Q3

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Wednesday 12 December 6.45 am - Kedron Brook Wetlands

Leader: Vernon Kretschmann Mobile: 0488 211 277

This morning walk will be at the Kedron Brook Wetlands where we will follow the walking/cycling path along Kedron Brook and the adjacent wetland area. The walking track winds its way through grassland, some mangrove areas, and the wetlands. The mix of habitat should provide a good range of bush birds, water birds and waders. The tracks are well maintained and provide for easy walking.

Bring morning tea, a chair and insect repellent. There are toilet facilities in the park at the end of Hedley Avenue and also some covered areas where we can have morning tea.

Directions: We will meet at the car park located at the end of Hedley Avenue, Toombul.

Map reference: UBD 140 Q4

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Outings Elsewhere

As part of a greater effort to connect with the various bird groups around Queensland, we are alerting you to other places and times where you will be welcome to join the local birders:

Bell Birdwatching Group

This is a very active 'Outing and Information Session' with Bernice Seton (Honorary Life Member of Birds Qld). The group meets every third Friday of the month and travels to various places around the Bell district (at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains). They produce a monthly newsletter of their ventures. For further information contact Bernice Seton 0427 631080

BirdLife Gold Coast

A local outing every Thursday starting at 7.00 a.m. in summer and 7.30am in winter. Contact: Colin Collins on 07 5535 5499, Beth Hall on 07 5534 2049 or Jan Clogan on 07 5563 1754 for details on the next outing (where to start and places to be visited).

BirdLife Northern Rivers

Covering the Tweed valley to Byron Bay area in northern NSW, with outings on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Linda Brannian or view details on the website which is currently http://tweedbirdobservers.wordpress.com

Birdlife Southern Queensland

Use the following link to discover the outings and other activities offered by this group. http://www.birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-queensland/

Cairns Birding.

Holds regular walks each month- first Sunday at Centenary Lakes, third Sunday a field trip to various locations, and last Friday to the Crocodile Farm. Contact John Seale on 4052 1195 or check their website at www.cairnsbirding.blogspot.com.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

Another local group with regular weekly walks. Contact John Knight at 4125 2372 for details of the next outing.

Noosa Parks Association - Bird Observers Group

Every second month an interpretive walk takes place before their Friday Forum with a guest speaker. Meet in the Environment Centre car park, Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville, beside the library, at 8.30am. Contact Valda McLean 5476 2123 for details.

Sunshine Coast Bird Outings

Every LAST Wednesday of the month at Fairhills Native Plant Nursery at Fairehill Rd. Yandina & every 2nd Thursday of the month at 371 Kureelpa Falls Rd. Kureelpa. Starting at 7am every month except May, June, July & August when we start at 8am. Contact Lionel & Brenda Findlay 0754912316 or John & Lyla Hansen 0754417971 or you may just 'turn up'.

Toowoomba Bird Observers

A very active group with regular outings - Contact: Kay Williams at 4659 5475 or mob. 0429 465 954.

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