Bribie Island Birdwatching Report
Brisbane awoke to heavy rain but arriving at Buckley’s Waterhole, Bribie Island we were pleasantly surprised to find no rain had fallen. 28 people signed in including 7 non-members. A walk around the waterhole rewarded us with many different birds. On the main beach, no birds could be seen but many dogs were running the beach. 37 bird species sighted plus 7 birds heard.
Our next site was Bibimulya Wetlands. We walked the perimeter of the Lagoon and 22 birds were sighted and 1 bird heard. The bird numbers were far fewer than those sighted the previous year.
Late morning tea was enjoyed at Kakadu Beach in a shelter shed out of the hot sun. Nearing the top of the high tide the wader birds had congregated on their exclusive use sand dune. The public and dogs are banned from using this bird only area. Like last year, members of the wader group were undertaking a census of the birds. A noticeable number of fewer birds than last year. We observed these waders until well after the top of the tide before having lunch and heading home. 14 bird species sighted.
In keeping with the new Queensland Government’s COVID 19 directive, all nominations must be via the NPAQ website completing all fields or contact the leader who will do the electronic registration for you. Handwritten nominations are not allowed on the day.
Note! This date is one week later than our normal bird outing day due to suitable tides.
We will meet at the Bird Hide, Buckleys Hole Conservation Park, UBD 63 F4. This is The Boulevarde (south) adjacent to the intersection of Gregory and Tully Streets. From here we can walk to the nearby Bird Hide. We will then drive further south to Red Beach Rd, UBD 63 G5, to access Red Beach. Following morning tea we will visit Bibimulya Wetlands UBD52 Q10, adjacent to No 45 Bibimulya Street, Bellara. The next stop will be Kakadu Beach, Banksia Beach. This is a restricted water bird area. A bird hide gives good views of the birds on the dunes during the midday high tide. UBD52 J4, opposite No 3 Solander Esp.
Bring: Hat, sunglasses, sunburn cream, personal first aid kit, enclosed shoes, binoculars, camera, chair, insect repellent, soap, hand sanitizer, face mask, morning tea, lunch, and any other necessary personal items.
This activity will be conducted in keeping with health department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue/area at the time of the activity. It may be necessary for the leader to make changes to the activity, the number of participants or the venue in keeping with these directions.
Please do not attend this activity if you are feeling unwell on the day, or may have had contact with covid-19 in the 14 days prior to the activity.