Sunday, 18 February 2018

FEBRUARY 24 2018

Hello all,

Please join us for our first Saturday 24 February Club Outing at the SC Council’s Scarffe Road Reserve at Glenview. Please meet at 7am and join Ken Cross & John Birbeck who will lead the walk.

One of the Council’s new reserves - Scarffe Road Glenview. This reserve is fenced off and not open to the public, it includes a large quarried lake including adjoining maintenance roadways and is surrounded by riparian rainforest. It also adjoins existing Mooloolah River Esplanade Reserves. The entrance gates are located at the end of Scarffe Road before the bridge (private property), there is plenty of parking along Scarffe Road.

To get there:
Enter Mooloolah Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way, then enter Scarffe Road (WHICH IS NOT SIGNPOSTED) off Mooloolah Connection Road at Glenview. Scarffe Road is the first road on your right. If you have reached Stevens Road you have gone approximately 300 metres too far. Public toilets are located about 1.3 kilometres down Mooloolah Connection Road at Ewen Maddock Dam Reserve.

As usual please remember to bring a chair, cuppa etc for the bird list post walk. And remember to be sun safe.

Saturday, 10 February 2018


Dear all
Just a quick note about upcoming events.

MIDWEEK WALK – WEDNESDAY 14 February, 2018 - Kureelpa Falls Walk with John Kooistra
Kureelpa Falls track: Meet at the very end of Kureelpa Falls Rd for a 7.00 am start.
Park along the road verge and leave space at end of road for cars to turn around. There is also a private driveway here, we do not want to block access. There are no toilets. Closest facilities are at Kanyana Park near Dulong Lookout.
Please bring chair, water, thermos etc for post walk bird call.

Thursday evening the 22 February – Please email your interest in participating in this survey to Ken at ASAP. Please remember that access to this Unity Water Property is only with approved surveys conducted by Birdlife Australia. Priority will be given to those members who have attended the workshop.

This weekend away is being held on the 22 – 24 June however it is being filled now as to ensure our group can be accommodated at the same motel. Below are the 14 people who have signed up;
Ken & Megan Cross, Steve & Carol Popple, Ray Devine, Jamie Walker, Michelle Grant, Alison Skelhorn, Marilyn Shrapnel, Bernadette Jeffrey, Vince Lee, John Kooistra, Tom Corrigan and Russell McGregor.
We have room for only two more – if you would like to join this trip please email Ken at ASAP.

Our bird walks at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve continue. These are free for Birdlife members. The schedule is below;
17/02/18 Saturday – Steve Grainger
21/02/18 Wednesday – Russ Lamb, Robyn Combes
March - 03/03/18 Saturday – Maggie Overend, Robyn Combes
07/03/18 Wednesday – Jamie Walker, Robyn Combes
17/03/18 Saturday – Robyn Combes
21/03/18 Wednesday – John Malings
31/03/18 Saturday - Robyn Combes
Many thanks to all of those people listed above who have given their time to lead these walks. Please assist in publicising these walks to friends and family. The booking page is

MINI CONGRESS – MAY 26, 2018 - Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden – Arts and Ecology Centre – MORE DETAILS VERY SOON…..


Cheers now and any questions, comments, complaints, suggestions or praise please email me,

Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103         |                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881

Monday, 29 January 2018


Hello all,
I appreciate that this is a long way in the future however I would like to try to sort it out now and secure accommodation for our first weekend away in 2018 to Hervey Bay so I need people to commit ASAP. It is guaranteed to be an interesting weekend away visiting some fascinating new sites and some good birds as well!

The dates and schedule are as follows;
Friday June 22nd 2018 – depart Nambour at 5-30pm [perhaps for Northern dwellers we can arrange some highway pick ups? 
  • Fast food dinner enroute at Maryborough before
  • O/n Hervey Bay
Saturday June 23rd – Full day birding in and around Hervey Bay [exact itinerary in prep]
  • BBQ dinner at accommodation [we will self cater]
Sunday June 24th – morning birding in and around Hervey Bay before travelling back to Nambour
  • Arriving c. 4pm in Nambour

The exact cost will need to be worked out but it will obviously be a similar ball park figure to previous trips. In our bus we can take only a maximum of 16, including me to ensure enough space for lunches and luggage.

The bad news? I will need a $100 buck per person with your booking to confirm and hold accommodation. With a cancellation this will only be refundable if someone can be found to take your place.  


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Outings for February 2018.

Dear all,
A quick email to advise of our first outings for February 2018.
On this coming Saturday, the 3rd of February, members have a choice of outings. Both outings will meet at 7am.

The first option is to join Ken Cross and Robyn Combes at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve [MCSR] for a walk there. This walk is also open to members of the public and continues our commitment to Sunshine Coast Council and the MCSR. Please RSVP to me at if you plan to attend the MCSR outing.

The second option is to join John Malings and, no doubt others, at the Maleny Golf Course for a walk around the Maleny Precinct. Meet at the car park adjacent to Pattermore House [opposite the Maleny Golf Course]. If you are attending this outing no RSVP is necessary.

Further outings are planned throughout February [all meet at 7am] ;
MCSR – Wednesday the 7th – Steve Grainger and John & Julie Eley
Kureelpa Falls Track – Wednesday the 14th – Vince Lee and John Kooistra
MCSR – Saturday the 17th – Steve Grainger [if anyone else is keen to assist Steve please email me!]
MCSR – Wednesday the 21st – Russ Lamb and Robyn Combes
Scarfe Road Reserve at Glenview – Saturday the 24th – Ken Cross and John Birbeck

More information will be provided on these outings as they approach.

If you could assist with guiding MCSR outings in March please contact me. One outing currently has no one and Robyn Combes if flying solo for many. The dates are as follows;

03/03/18 Saturday – Ken Cross, Maggie Overend, Robyn Combes
07/03/18 Wednesday –  Robyn Combes
17/03/18 Saturday – Robyn Combes
21/03/18 Wednesday –
31/03/18 Saturday - Robyn Combes

In addition, and I appreciate that this is a fair way out we need a leader for a mid-week May 16 outing to Ferntree Creek National Park as both John Kooistra and Vincent Lee will be away. Again, if you could assist please email me.

Cheers for now,

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Walk

Rufous Fantail - a very common spp at MCSR
Russet tailed Thrush
As part of an arrangement with Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Sunshine Coast Council, Birdlife Australia has organised a series of morning bird walks. The first one was held on the 27 December, 2017. We had two mothers and their children who were guided around the reserve by Robyn Combes and a group of 8 adults who were herded around by myself and Paul Fraser. It was, I believe, a very good beginning.

Southern Logrunner

The following species were recorded from our first walks [either by sight or sound]. The list is an amalgam of the two groups’ records.

Pale Yellow Robin
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Wonga Pigeon
Bar-shouldered Dove
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian King-Parrot
Little Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Little Shrike thrush
Green Catbird
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Scrubwren - nesting
Large-billed Scrubwren
Brown Gerygone - nesting
Australian Logrunner
Eastern Whipbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong - nesting
Varied Triller
Common Cicadabird
Spectacled Monarch
Little Shrikethrush
Golden Whistler
Australasian Figbird
Spangled Drongo
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Monarch
Red legged Pademelon
Spectacled Monarch
Torresian Crow
Paradise Riflebird
Pale-yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Russet-tailed Thrush

Red legged Pademelons

Grey headed Flying Fox

Grey headed Flying Foxes

Brown Gerygone nest
nesting Pied Currawongs
All pictures by Paul Fraser and Vince Lee.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Tin Can Bay Weekend Away

Tin Can Bay Weekend
[All pictures by Vince Lee]

Bruce Zimmer Wayne Kroll 
Ken Cross Russell McGregor
Jan England and Ros Munro and Lesley Eagles
Michele Grant and Allison
Steve and Carol  Popple to drive up.
John Seebeck and Glenis Ayling
Jean and Peter Tulloch to drive up.
Geoff and Robyn Combes
Ray Devine and Vince Lee

The plan for the weekend….Please bring scopes if possible as we will have some emphasis on migrant waders.

Friday 24 November
Please arrive by 5-15 pm to depart Nambour 5-30pm from the carpark behind the Council Chambers in Nambour
– Arrive Tin Can Bay Sleepy Lagoons Motel  – c. 7-30pm [fast food enroute]

Saturday 25 November
Birding 6-30am – 8 am birding 

Depart TCB – 9-30 am for Boonooroo  - birding here for waders and bush birds

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7pm – Golf Course for Dinner [Chinese?]

Sunday 26 November
7am [post breakfast] depart for Rainbow Beach

Birding at Inskipp Point
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Carlos Point
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Depart c. 1pm.  Birding enroute? I plan to be back in Nambour by 4pm.
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Saturday, 16 December 2017

2018 Birdlife Australia – Sunshine Coast Programme

Saturday 6 January Club Outing – Mary Cairncross SR - Ken Cross
Wednesday 24 January Club OutingMary Cairncross SR - John Maling

Saturday 3 February Club Outing – Maleny Options – 1. Mary Cairncross SR - Ken Cross
                                                                                                 2. Maleny Golf Course Walk – John Malings 
Wednesday 14 February Club Outing – Kureelpa Falls Track - John Kooistra? Vincent Lee?
Saturday 24 February Club Outing - (New Reserve) Scarffe Road Reserve at Glenview - Ken Cross & John Birbeck

Saturday 3 March Club Outing – [new northern sections] of Mary Cairncross SR - Ken Cross and John Birbeck
Saturday 10 March Club Outing (New Reserve) Annie Hehir Road Environmental Reserve, River Road Peachester – Ken Cross & John Birbeck
Wednesday 14 March Club Outing – Toorbul [high tide c 8am]- John Kooistra? Vincent Lee?

Wednesday 18 April Club Outing Lake Mc Donald and Noosa Trail 7 [Hamilton Road] – Russ Lamb
Saturday 21 April Club Outing - (New Reserve) ) Tuan Environmental Reserve, Chinaman Creek Road, Cambroon - Ken Cross & John Birbeck

Saturday 12 May Club Outing (New Reserve) Brannocks Ecological Reserve (new section) opposite go-cart track Steve Irwin Way - Ken Cross & John Birbeck
Wednesday 16 May Club Outing – Ferntree NP - John Kooistra? Vincent Lee?
***Saturday 26 May – Birder’s Congress*** - details TBA

Saturday 9 June - Spotlighting Outing – details TBA – Ken Cross et el
Wednesday 13 June Club Outing – Kenilworth Area - details TBA John Kooistra? Vincent Lee?
***Weekend Away – 22 – 24 June – Maryborough / Hervey Bay  – Ken Cross***

***Nambour Garden Expo – July 13, 14, 15 – Birdlife Displays*** - Robyn Combes et el
Wednesday 18 July Club Outing and Beginner’s Bird Walk – Wappa Dam and surrounds – Vince Lee and John Kooistra?
Saturday 21 July Club Outing  (New Reserve) Kawana Forest Bushland Reserve/Ring Tank, Rainforest Drive, Meridan Plains – wetlands - Ken Cross & John Birbeck

Saturday 4 August Club Outing (New Reserve) Malones Road Eudlo Flats Road Eudlo Creek, Kiels Mountain – Ken Cross & John Birbeck
Wednesday 15 August Club Outing – Mapleton Falls   - Burnie Collins?
***Weekend Away – 17 – 19 -  August – Brisbane North west – Ken Cross***

Saturday 8 September Club Outing Toorbul and Bribie Island – Ken Cross
Wednesday September Club Outing – Park Lakes + extension to Finland Road – Paul Jensen

Saturday 13 October Club Outing –  Peachester Reserves + Stanmore area – Ken Cross
Wednesday 17 October Club Outing – Jabiru Park/Fearnley Birdhide + Cooroy STW – Russ Lamb
***National Bird Week  – 22 – 28 October – Aussie Backyard Bird Count***

Saturday 3 November Club Outing (New Reserve) Triunia Environmental Reserve Curruthers Road Rainforest/ open eucalypt forest – Ken Cross & John Birbeck
Wednesday 14 November Club Outing – Tewantin Area Birding Cooroibah section of Cooloola NP and Cooloothin Creek, Ringtail SF (Noosa Bird Trails 1 & 9) – Russ  Lamb

Saturday 1 December Club Outing & breakup TBA – suggestions?
Wednesday 12 December Club Outing – Buderim Forest Park – John Malings