Saturday 24 March - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour
Sunday 25 March 7.00am - Pimpama Conservation Area, Green Meadows Road (near Jacobs Well) Qld 4208
Sunday 15 April 6.45am - Eprapah Environmental Centre, Victoria Point, 4165
Tuesday 17 April 7:00am - Oxley Creek Common Sherwood Road, Rocklea Q 4106

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

Saturday 24 March - Wader ID Days and Outings: Manly Harbour

Leaders: Arthur and Sheryl Keates Phone: 3843 1874, Mobile: 0410 960 955

Meeting time 2:00pm

Tide: 1.74 m high tide at 14.36

This is your chance to access the wader roost at Manly Harbour. Meet at the end of Davenport Dr, south of the Royal Queensland Yacht Clubhouse, Manly.

QWSG has an access agreement for the wader roost. Under the conditions of the agreement, participants in this feld trip will be required to sign a form acknowledging responsibility for their own health and safety, including:

  • wearing protective clothing at all times (eg. hat, shoes, sunglasses) and using sunscreen
  • drinking water to avoid dehydration
  • using insect repellant if necessary
  • telling a group leader about any health issues that may affect taking part in the feld trip
  • if feeling unwell, or concerned about someone else being unwell, immediately telling a group leader or another participant
  • immediately telling a group leader or another participant about any injury suffered (including a slip, trip, fall and snake bite) or hazard that may cause injury to someone.

Participants must wear enclosed footwear, have drinking water and, because the site is exposed and the likelihood of a westerly wind, a jacket is advisable.

Anyone who does not comply with these conditions will not be allowed to enter the site or asked to leave.

The gate will be locked after we enter the site and late arrivals will not be able to enter.

Participation in this feld trip is strictly limited to those who have registered with the leaders. Please do not just turn up on the day without registering.

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Sunday 25 March 7.00am - Pimpama Conservation Area, Green Meadows Road (near Jacobs Well) Qld 4208

Leader: Frank Burch Phone: 0427 886 636

This is a lovely conservation area on the northern Gold Coast bordering the sugar cane felds and not previously visited by a BQ walk group.

There are no facilities here, though the quaint seaside village of Jacobs Well is close by where all facilities and café's etc are available, and we can easily drive the short distance into Jacobs Well for bird call & morning tea on completion of the walk if this was preferred.

The walking is flat and easy and well defned; initially skirting the Pimpama River and en-route taking in salt-pan, wetland, mangrove, bushland and grassland areas. Walking distance around the conservation area would be estimated at around 4-5kms and there are typically good and varied raptor sightings in this area.

Directions: We'll park and meet at 7.00AM at the entrance of Green Meadows Road (off Kerkin Road) and walk in from there. UBD page 307, grid J20.

Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat are absolutely necessary and please bring a chair for morning tea and bird call.

Following the walk and bird call completion I'd be happy to show anyone interested to a few other typically good birding sites in this general locality.

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Sunday 15 April 6.45am - Eprapah Environmental Centre, Victoria Point, 4165

Leader: Frank Burch Mobile: 0427 886 636

The area to be covered is the Eprapah Environmental Centre (owned by the Qld Scouts Association). It is amongst the best locations for birding in the Redlands district and always has a good variety of birds within an easily traversed site. Azure kingfshers are often in attendance and both Crested Shrike-tits and Noisy pitta have been observed here in recent times.

From Cleveland-Redland Bay Road turn into Colburn Avenue at Victoria Point. Approximately 500 metres down Colburn Avenue and directly opposite the Sharks Sports Club there is a well formed dirt road off to the left. Follow this dirt road down to the end (UBD 226 G1) where there is ample parking and a pleasant small park with toilet facilities.

We meet here at 6.45am and please bring morning tea, sunscreen, insect repellent and a chair.

Following bird call and morning tea I'd be happy to explore with anyone who may be interested the directly adjoining & lovely Victoria Point parklands area, which can very typically reveal many different bird species to those seen in the Eprapah Environmental Centre.

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Tuesday 17 April 7:00am - Oxley Creek Common Sherwood Road, Rocklea Q 4106

Leader: Lynda Litz-Tyne Phone: 3379 5230

Despite its proximity to the city, this area boasts a good bird list due to its variety of habitats which include riparian scrub, open forest, grassland, mangroves, dense forest, ephemeral wetlands and a lake.

The track is mainly even ground and the ant-bed surfacing underfoot affords an undemanding ramble. Native tree plantings on both sides of the walking track over the past decade or so now provide an avenue and fltered shade for the frst 1.5 km.

The main part of the track follows the creek line so on that side there is a wooded bank. Much clearing of weed species and replanting of indigenous trees, shrubs and ground covers undertaken as part of the “Urban riparian corridor restoration” project by Friends of Oxley Creek Common and The Oxley Creek Catchment Association has enhanced the quality of bird habitat. On the other side are grassy paddocks where a strip of land has been reclaimed for planting of experimental plots, now in various stages of development.

The track branching off to the left after about 1.5 km, leads down through open felds to ephemeral wetlands mainly on the right and Pelican Lagoon at the end on the left. The original path back at the junction affords less cover than the frst part of the track and leads up to a Hoop Pine Forest. (just over 2 km from The Red Shed).

We will meet at The Red Shed picnic shelter at Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Rocklea at 7:00am where there are good facilities and toilets. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent and morning tea.

UBD 179 B20

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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:

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 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).

Toowoomba Bird Observers

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

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.

Bird Watchers of Hervey Bay

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

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.

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/

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