BIEPA’s 1994 publication “Birds of Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage and Environs” was edited by
Beverley M. Durrant and Ian C. MacRae. (Writers and Major Contributors were: Frank Bigg, Greg
Czechura, Beverley Durrant, Ian MacRae, Michael Strong, Jean Tilly; Photographers were: Ivan Fien,
Neville Male, Brian O’Leary, Ray Viljoen.) It presented a survey of the birds of Bribie Island,
Pumicestone Passage, offshore waters of the Coral Sea and the adjacent mainland west to Caboolture,
covering an area of approximately 1176 square kilometres. The total number of bird species recorded
was 348, an impressive number, but this included records from the mainland, some of them
When producing this new book, Bribie Birds, author, Trevor Ford, included only species that had
been seen on or around Bribie Island. To establish a definitive bird list for Bribie Island, records from
the original publication, as well as records held in the fauna database of the Department of
Environment and Resource Management, were examined for their location and authenticity, and the
credibility of all recent records was assessed. The total number of species currently accepted for
inclusion in the list now stands at 326, a figure which is indicative of just how exceptional and unique
Bribie Island’s habitat is for supporting a diversity of birds – resident and migratory. Bribie Island is a
bird watchers paradise.
The next task was to decide which of these species were the most commonly encountered on the
Island and to try to find photographs of those species. The number of species arrived at was 150.
Photographers then had to be found, who had photographs of these species in their collections and
who were willing to donate them freely, as the budget only covered the author. Several excellent
photographers were prepared to share their wonderful photographs for such a good cause.
The quality of the text of the book reflects the scrutiny and high standards set by the author and
experts involved as well as from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Moreton Bay Regional
Council (who supplied the maps).
Thanks go to the patient, hard-working and diligent graphic designer who is recognized along with all
persons and organizations involved in the production of Bribie Birds in the Acknowledgements
section of the book.