|Birds Queensland outing to Bribie 2019
To view a few photos from the day, please use ‘control click’ on the title above. When the photos come up, you can click on the first one to enlarge it and then click on the ‘i’ icon at the top right of the screen to view my titles. I hope that I haven’t made any mistakes!
Members of Birds Queensland have visited Bribie 35 times since 1975. They go to a wide variety of habitats on the island to take a census of the birds: Buckley’s Hole, Red Beach, the road to the sewage works (off First Avenue), Kakadu bird hide, Wright’s Creek, White Patch, Star Marina and Bibimulya. It is a matter of honour for them to be able to see over 100 different species in a day. This year and last, BIEPA has been invited to participate and I have gone along, last year with only one other member, this year with several. They make us very welcome and even supply us with good quality binoculars for the day.
I am enormously impressed by the ability of members of the group to spot birds that I would never have found by myself. Believe me, it is amazing! Sometimes, they identify the calls first and then find the birds. Often, I can’t even see them when they are pointed out to me. This year, over 90 different species were identified in the first three hours and 121 during the day, with 6 others heard but not seen.
The highlight for many people was the Common Sandpiper that was spotted at Star Marina towards the end of the day. This is not at all a common bird here, despite its name. Of course, this was one of the birds that I failed to see, despite the earnest attempts of other people to point it out to me, so, sadly, I can’t include a photo of it.
It was a very rewarding and busy day but one doesn’t have to stay for all of it, one can ‘slope off’ at any time. Do come along next year, it is a great day out.
28th October 2019