Sunday 10 October 7.00 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank
Sunday 17 October 2021 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 7.15am (for 7.30am ferry) - Lamb Island, Southern Moreton Bay
Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.00am - Golds Scrub Lane, Lake Samsonvale
Sunday 28 November 2021 6:30am - Eagleby Wetlands

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 10 October 7.00 am - J C Trotter Memorial Park, Burbank

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

Description: The Tingalpa trail passes through eucalypt woodland dotted with scribbly gums and an understory typically rich in grass trees and banksias and a good day here can show up 50+ species, so we’ll hope for a good day. The Tingalpa Reservoir can be viewed along one side of the trail and with a bit of luck there’ll be a reasonable number of waterbirds in attendance here on the day.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities here and insect repellent and sun block are recommended.

There is some limited seating adjacent to the sites carpark but please bring your chairs, sunscreen, hand sanitiser, and morning tea as usual for bird count

Directions: Entrance off Cherbon Street, Burbank

UBD Map Reference: 203 K8

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Sunday 17 October 2021 7.00 am - Bribie Island Outing

Leader: Paul Marty
Phone: 0418 899 967
Grade: 2

Description: This will be BQ’s 37th outing to the island since 1970, and will be a full day outing visiting a number of areas on the island. The Island is a wonderful place to see a large variety of bird species and currently boasts an impressive list of around 336 species recorded there. Last year we were rewarded with a massive total of 18 nesting species and a further 3 species with fledged young. The outing produced 111 species seen with a further 6 heard, please come along to help us keep the >100 tally intact this year. The large number is due to the variety of habitats the island supports. We will re-visit the sites we have been to before, giving us a comparison for the database on species recorded from previous outings.

We will meet at 7.00 am at Buckley’s Hole and have a brief look at the waterbirds in the lagoon before we leave early (7.15 am) to walk along The Boulevarde and down Red Beach Road while the birds are still calling. The tide will be relatively high so only those prepared to get wet should return along the beach. Everyone else will return along the road to the lagoon for an extended morning tea to allow time to check out the waterbirds and the bird-hide. Other areas we will cover include the road approaching the sewerage works, Banksia Beach (where we will lunch), Wright’s Creek, White Patch, the entrance to the National Park, Star Marina (if time permits) and finish at the lagoons in Bellara (Bibimulya).

The whole outing is easy walking and suitable for all ages although it is a very full day for those who stay to the end around 4pm. Bring morning & afternoon tea, lunch, chair, scope if you have one, slip, slap, slop and insect repellent.

Directions: Meet at 7am at Buckley’s Hole - the corner of McDonald St. and The Boulevarde, Bongaree .

The outing will be subject to the government COVID-19 restrictions in force at the time. Please try to arrive a little earlier than usual to help us start on time after we do the extra paperwork involved with the COVID-19 safe practices

UBD Map Reference 63 E4

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 7.15am (for 7.30am ferry) - Lamb Island, Southern Moreton Bay

Leader: David Niland
Phone: 0477 481 331
Grade: 2

Directions: We will meet at the Redland Bay Marina, Platform 4, for the ferry which departs at 7:30am for Lamb and other islands. You may need to be early in case there is any difficulty finding a car park, and the cost of the ferry ride can be paid with a Go Card (concessions apply).

Description: The actual walk starts about 8am when we meet up with our hosts, the Lamb Island Residents Association, and follows a similar route to a previous visit in June 2019. It is about 2 kms to cover the island (one way) and takes about 2-3 hours. They are arranging morning tea near the centre of the island after the walk, and then members are welcome to stay on through the day if interested.

The walk is fairly level and includes a variety of habitats from thicker scrub to marine foreshores. Our previous visit found 46 of the island’s total of 80 species, and that was in the quieter month.

Please let me know if you are planning to come to assist with our host’s planning

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Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.00am - Golds Scrub Lane, Lake Samsonvale

Leader: Alan Boardman
Phone: 0423 549 518
Grade: 2

Description: Lake Samsonvale is the property of Seqwater the local water authority. The lake is situated north west of Brisbane in the Samford / Dayboro area and has various good birding spots. Golds Scrub Lane is one of the better known locations and highly productive in number of species.

The walk will commence at the car park next to the cemetery, end of Gold’s Scrub Lane at 07:00 am. Wednesday 17 November 2021. We have a BQ members Access Deed allowing access to Seqwater catchment at Lake Samsonvale. The water in the lake has decreased in recent months, but there still remains a variety of waterbirds; Little Black Cormorants fishing, Black Swans and Great Crested Grebes seen recently. In bushland expect to catch a view of honeyeaters, fairy wrens and whistlers. Several species of Raptor can be observed at Samsonvale. King Quail are possible if we are lucky.

Directions: From Brisbane, take the Samford Road through Ferny Grove onto Samford Village. At the roundabout before the village turn right into Main Street then follow Mount Samson Road for about 13 km. Turn right into Gold’s Scrub Lane. Bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and please wear walking boots or trainers as the grass can be thick and wet, the tracks rough and the residents venomous. Social Distancing and any other Covid 19 requirements at the time will be required. Nearest toilet facilities are in Main Street Samford.

UBD Map Reference 86 F 11

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Sunday 28 November 2021 6:30am - Eagleby Wetlands

Leader: George Chapman
Phone: 0432 975 825
Grade: 2

Description: 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. Last year there were 78 species seen and 9 heard. It is less than 45 minutes from the CBD by car!

Directions: From the north, exit the Pacific Motorway at Junction 34 and take the second exit at the roundabout (Saverin Rd). Follow this road into Logan St, through the traffic lights and 1.5km later turn left into Oliver Sports complex (the access road is only marked in recent editions of the UBD). After 200m turn right and right again into the car park.

We meet there at 6.30am. There are toilet facilities on the complex. As always, bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hand santiser, a chair, and morning refreshments.

UBD Map Reference 264 N18

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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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