Saturday, 30 August 2014


September 6th   Maroochydore Bushland Botanical Gardens
Meet at 7am. From Forest Glen drive past the Forest Glen Holiday Park and follow the signs to the Botanical Gardens. Road goes under the highway.
Referdex Map 77 18N
From their website;

About the Garden

The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is located in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast. The garden showcases plants native to the Sunshine Coast region. These local plants are perfectly adapted to the coast's climate and conditions.
The magnificent 82 hectare garden supports native plants and wildlife, and has a magic and spirit that affects all who visit. The garden include a mix of eucalypt and creek-side rainforest, featuring lagoons, rocky and palm filled gullies, and the headwaters of Mountain Creek.
While the forest is old, the garden is new. Council encourages you to visit often, and watch as plants grow, mosses spread on rocks, birds nest, frogs spawn, and new events and activities are held.
Directions from Forest Glen to Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden


Below is the introduction to our latest SE Qld newsletter; The Warbler. You can click on the link below to download the full newsletter.

Welcome to the September 2014 issue of Warbler, the
quarterly newsletter of BirdLife Southern Queensland,
your local branch of BirdLife Australia.
Where has your birding taken you in the last quarter?
I have changed my professional role and relocated to
Mackay. I must admit that a part of the decision was the new
birding opportunities that would be available in the Mackay
I have therefore had a fairly quiet birding quarter, except for
one tour, as I went through the recruitment and relocation
We are again pleased to present in this Warbler edition a
variety of interesting and informative articles. There should
be something for all readers.
Our Convenor, Judith Hoyle, provides a summary of current
events that are important to the organisation and therefore
to members.
In The Green Corner Sheena Gillman writes on a variety of
activities and issues of concern including the Eastern
Bristlebird surveys, a review of the book ‘Wildlife Tourism: A
handbook for tour guides, eco-lodgers, students and start-up
businesses‘, Glossy Black-cockatoo annual census, Crediton
State Forest surveys, Protect the Bush Alliance activities and
the October Camp Out.
As usual Sheena covers a variety of interesting and relevant
issues. My first, and only, sighting of Glossy Blacks was at
South Ballina and encourage everyone to participate in this
important census of a little seen bird. I participated in a
recent Crediton State Forest survey and I encourage you to
consider a weekend, long weekend or week in Mackay so that
you can assist in this worthwhole effort.
If you are coming to Mackay email me as well and I will help
where I can. I am collating an interesting backyard list that
includes Fairy Gerygone, Yellow and Dusky Honeyeaters and
Orange-footed Scrubfowl.
The Winter Adopt-A-Farm surveys have been conducted in
the Granite Belt. Neil Humphris has submitted another
interesting and funny article. Please consider participating in
these surveys.
We live in a wide, diverse continent and there are birding
opportunities in each State. Our regular contributors Shorty
in Canberra and Pamela Jones on Cocos Island have again
submitted articles and in this edition I introduce Rick Nash
from South Australia.
Our regular contributor, Rob Morris, has submitted another
great article, this one is about the birding opportunities in
New Zealand. Have you already been there?
Holly Parsons the BirdLife Australia Birds in Backyards
Program Manager has written about bird nests and nest
boxes. Now that I am in a permanent residence I have to
provide some nest boxes for the many birds that visit my
Ken Cross has submitted an article on his recent tours for
two months in East Africa – Kenya and Uganda. Wow! What a
great read and accompanying pics.
Judy Leitch was on the autumn expedition to Ashmore Reef
and shares her excitement on the trip to that far-flung
Australian territory.
I am just back from the Nine Grasswren Tour and had to
share this tour with you.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are sites of global bird
conservation importance. We provide a summary of IBAs and
a list of the 18 IBAs in Southern Queensland. Julian Bielewicz
introduces us to the Bunya Mountains.
The Back Page provides a summary of important and timely
information. There should be something here for every
I hope you enjoy reading the various articles as much as I
have. Until next time best wishes with your birding activities
and please consider sharing these activities with a wider audience by drafting an article for Warbler.
Peter Crane
Editor’s Note and Index ------------------------------------------------------ 1
From the Convenor ----------------------------------------------------------- 2
The Green Corner – Sheena Gillman ---------------------------------------- 3
Adopt-A-Farm Granite Belt Autumn 2014 – Neil Humphris ---------------- 7
Over the Border
 From the Nation’s Capital – Rawshorty ---------------------------------- 9
 From the Little Western Island – Pamela Jones ------------------------ 10
 From the Driest State – Rick Nash -------------------------------------- 11
Kiwis, Kokakos, Kakas & Keas – across the Tasman – Rob Morris ------ 12
Birds in Backyards – Holly Parsons ---------------------------------------- 17
Birding in East Africa – Ken Cross ------------------------------------------ 18
Ashmore Reef – Judy Leitch ------------------------------------------------ 23
Nine Grasswren Tour – Peter Crane --------------------------------------- 25
The Places That Matter The Most – IBAs ----------------------------------- 30
The Back Page -------------------------------------------------------------- 312



September 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Noosa Parks Association Inc.
All Sunday outings commence at 8 am. Friday morning’s guest speakers will form part of Friday
Forum (on the given days). A quarterly meeting will be held at the Environment Centre to deal with
bird-related matters. All members are welcome to attend.
An Interpretive Birding walk takes place every Friday before Friday Environment Forum. Meet in
the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the Library at

Friday 29th August
Speaker – Judith Hoyle Projects & Activities of the Birdlife organisation

Sunday 21st September
Outing - Western Branch
Road Kin Kin
We will visit private property. Meet at the Arboretum 8am opposite Western Branch Rd., off Pomona to Kin Kin Rd.

Tuesday 7th October
Bird observers meeting 9am at the Environment Centre

Friday 17th October
Speaker - Margaret Cameron 'Attracting Birds to your Garden'

Sunday 16th November
Outing – Forest walk From Elm Street Cooroy, turn right at primary school into Lake Macdonald Dr. Travel past Botanical Gardens to spillway. Meet at Kookaburra Park 8am

Co-ordinator Valda McLean
Phone: 5476 2123 or Email:

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Discover Ground Parrots in their Natural Habitat and other upcoming events...

Wildflower Festival - Discover Ground Parrots in their Natural Habitat

Wildflower Festival - Discover Ground Parrots in their Natural Habitat
Discover Ground Parrots in their Natural Habitat - be part of our Wildflower Festival and explore the habitat and listen to the calls of the elusive and secretive Ground Parrot in their natural environments.
A special guided walk into the world of the rare Ground Parrot with Lyn Boston.

Bring: torch, closed in shoes, warm clothes that don't rustle, and mosquito repellent. Meet at 5pm sharp.
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Date: Saturday 23 August
Location: end of Woodland Drive, Peregian Beach (eastern end off David Low Way)
Places are limited so book early (Bookings open 1 August)




23 August, 2014 - 17:00 - 18:30 [Also 30 August, 2014]


Woodland Drive, End of Woodland Drive, Peregian Beach, 4573


This is a free event

Yandina Community Gardens Open Day with Costa Georgiadis

Yandina Community Gardens Open Day with Costa Georgiadis
Garden Guru Costa Georgiadis, well known from TV and Radio will be the main presenter at the Yandina Community Gardens Open Day.
The fundraising day for the Gardens hosts a series of engaging and edutaining talks and workshops for everyone from the emerging verandah or small block backyard gardener to the seasoned grower on an acreage and everyone in between.

Costaʼs two talks and garden ramble are the highlight of the day not only due to his engaging, interactive, hugely educational and fun presenting style. No matter how many times you have seen him, youʼre always bound to learn something new.

Costaʼs infectious way gets everyone interested and involved, so make sure you bring the family along.

Other talks will cover a great variety of topics: Get an insight into which other plants are edible, learn about composting and fruit trees and how Community Gardens can contribute to peopleʼs mental health.
Many of the edible or otherwise incredibly useful or versatile plants are available for purchase from the gardens at the open day.

Homemade scrumptious food, featuring some fresh ingredients from the gardens, freshly baked cake and coffee will be available for purchase on the day.


Ph: (07) 5446 7373


24 August, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00


Yandina Community Gardens, 41 Farrell Street, YANDINA, 4561


Regular : $10.00

Wildflower Festival - Nocturnal Creatures and Critters

Wildflower Festival - Nocturnal Creatures and Critters
Wildflower Festival, Nocturnal Creatures and Critters - Sugar Gliders, Possums and Owls are just some of the shy creatures that venture out to feed after dark, so join wildlife expert Kieran Aland to discover the habits of these normally unseen creatures.
Includes a 40 minute introductory session. Bring comfortable walking shoes, warm clothes and a 5 watt (maximum) torch.
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Date: Friday 29 August
Location: Queen Street Community Hall
Bookings limited (Bookings open 1 August)




29 August, 2014 - 18:00 - 21:00


Queen Street Community Hall, Queen Street, Caloundra, 4551


This is a free event

Other Information

Bookings open 1 August

Monday, 4 August 2014

Where the birds are - a recent American debate

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

and Kenn Kaufman's rebuttal/explanation

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think
July 28, 201412:19 PM ET
This is a trick question. Where would you expect to find the greatest variety of birds?

Downtown, in a city?

Or far, far from downtown — in the fields, forests, mountains, where people are scarce?

Or in the suburbs? In backyards, lawns, parking lots and playing fields?

Not the city, right?

"Everything I have learned as a conservation biologist tells me cities are bad for biodiversity," writes John Marzluff, of the University of Washington.

We all know this. Anyone who goes to downtown Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, LA, Boston or New York will see the same five birds over and over: sparrows, starlings, mallards (ducks), geese and, of course, street pigeons. Same goes for downtowns in Europe, Asia and South America. These five bird types are always there, always the same, never surprising. Rather than yawn, scientists have a category for this: "biotically homogenous." We've made cities. They've moved in.

A Seattle Experiment

But now comes a surprise. Actually, several surprises. When Marzluff and his students went to downtown Seattle to count bird species, within the first 10 to 15 minutes they spotted pigeons, finches, sparrows, crows and an occasional hummingbird. Their count was 10 to 15 different kinds of birds — not many, but they expected that.

When they went the other way (to the far edge of the metropolitan area near the Cascade Mountains, where there is mostly forest, protected parks, reservoirs, and humans are sparse), in the first 10 to 15 minutes, they found a very different set of birds (woodpeckers, wrens, warblers, chickadees). In all, 20 different species — more, but not many more than downtown.

Then they went to the in-between zone, the Seattle suburbs, where they expected an in-between count, something like 12 different kinds of birds. But that's not what happened.

"We were astonished," Marzluff writes. The suburban count (again in the first 10 minutes) was "30 or more species," says Marzluff, some from downtown, some from the mountains, but also spectacularly new samples of "violet-green swallows, willow flycatchers, killdeer, orange crowned warblers, American goldfinches, and Bewick's wrens ... [plus a few] white crowned sparrows." The suburbs produced, by far, the most biologically diverse collection of birds.


What? This region that's all sprawl, a hodgepodge of strip malls, yards, highways, parking lots, hedges, fences, is "a mecca for birds"? More than a forest? No way, thought Marzluff. So he counted again. Then again. And after checking and compiling "more than 100 locations in and around Seattle," he writes, he and his team discovered "a consistent, but unexpected relationship between the intensity of development and bird diversity."

To his great surprise, Marzluff concluded that the "greatest diversity was not in the most forested setting. Instead, bird diversity rose quickly from the city center to the suburbs and then dropped again in the extensive forest that eases Seattle into the high Cascades."

He had just discovered, he writes, "subirdia." And that's the name of his forthcoming book, due this fall, called Welcome to Subirdia.

But Why?

So what have suburbs got that forests don't? Suburbs, he says, offer a wide range of artificially designed garden habitats, providing a smorgasbord of nuts, fruits, seeds, insects and ponds, in dense concentrations. Because they are rich with different kinds of bird food, suburbs are rich with different kinds of birds.

In Leicester, England, one survey found 422 different plant species in a single garden. Another census of 61 private yards in Britain found 1,166 vascular plants, 80 different lichens, 68 varieties of moss.

But let's not get crazy about this: Suburbs are not the birdiest zones on Earth. Any patch of tropical forest, with its dazzling populations of plant and animal life, will trump a garden-rich suburb. But if you are comparing suburban bird diversity with temperate wild spaces — say the Cascades, the Smokies or the Adirondacks — the suburbs, shockingly, win.

Birds And 'Burbs

And not just in Seattle. Marzluff writes that "throughout Britain, in deciduous woodlands of California and Ohio, grasslands of Arizona, forests of Japan, and shrublands of Australia, moderate levels of urbanization also provide an abundance of various resources that increases the number of bird species beyond that found in either wilder, or more densely populated settings."

So, like 40 percent of America's humans, a big hunk of America's bird species have chosen to live the suburban life. It's a bird boom, I'm surprised to say, I had never noticed.

In his forthcoming book, Welcome to Subirdia (to be released in September), Marzluff drops one last bomb — "a real stunner," he says. Every March, he spends a few days in Yellowstone National Park, up on the northern edge. That's a 2.2 million-acre expanse of wild space — very, very big. In 2013, he counted 26 bird species there.

Then he got on a plane and headed east to New York City, and found himself along Sixth Avenue, where he saw the usual "house sparrows, European starlings, and rock pigeons." And when he reached Central Park, he entered and found some mallards and the geese, so the usual urban bird quintet was accounted for; but as he walked around, he spotted a cardinal, then a blue jay, then a white-throated sparrow, then a black-crested titmouse, then a Cooper's hawk, then some crows, some blackbirds, three varieties of woodpeckers, wood ducks, cormorants, red-tailed hawks, herons, mourning doves — altogether 31 species. He saw a greater variety of birds in Central Park than he did in Yellowstone. We all know New York attracts exotic people, but birds too? Wild and wide open spaces, apparently, offer no special advantages. "From a bird's perspective," Marzluff writes, "large park[s] created by human hands or by nature are not all that different." Huh.

The rebuttal
Do Birds Prefer Suburbia?

A new book has led to some confusion as to whether suburbs are the best bird habitat. Here are 7 reasons why nature still trumps sprawl. 

Published: 08/04/2014
Are there birds in suburbia? Sure. Every serious birder has noticed that. On an Audubon Christmas Bird Count, for example, when things get slow out in the woods, we often head into the suburbs to check out the gardens and parks. There, the varied habitat often produces bird species that we didn't find out "in the wild." 

John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, has done more than just notice. He has documented this diversity of suburban birds through careful studies, and has authored several papers on the subject. He even coined a term for bird-rich suburbs: "Subirdia." His book Welcome to Subirdia, slated for publication in September, will bring his ideas to a wider audience. 

Even before publication, Marzluff's book is drawing attention. On July 28, science writer Robert Krulwich wrote about it on the NPR blog: "Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think." Krulwich was clearly intrigued by the comparison of bird diversity in city centers, suburban areas, and wild forests, and the fact that "the suburbs, shockingly, win," as he writes. Further on, he concludes, "wild and wide open spaces, apparently, offer no special advantages."

Within hours of Krulwich's post's appearance, social media lit up with birders questioning it. Did the NPR piece accurately reflect the focus of the research? Was the study actually suggesting that suburban sprawl is good for birdlife? 

There's no faulting the science behind Marzluff's findings. He and his students have more than a decade of data from an extensive series of points around Seattle, and the pattern is clear: The variety of birdlife is lowest in the city center, increases to a maximum in certain suburban areas, and then declines somewhat toward the undisturbed forest. More kinds of birds live in those suburbs than in the natural habitat. 

So suburbs are the best bird habitats, and we can forget about trying to protect natural ecosystems, right? Wrong. That's not what the research really suggests. After speaking with Marzluff and taking an early look at the book, I can confirm the situation is not so simple. 

Here are seven reasons why natural habitats are still better for birds than suburbs:

1. Seattle is special. The pattern of more bird species in the suburbs than in nearby wild areas has been documented, to some extent, around several temperate-zone cities. But it may be a lot more noticeable around Seattle, where much of the surrounding land is covered with unbroken coniferous forest--often a very slow birding habitat. 

2. Not all suburbs are created equal. Square miles of concrete and mowed lawns support few bird species. Marzluff found peak bird diversity in suburbs that had at least 30 percent natural cover: parks, streams, greenbelts, undeveloped lots holding patches of the original native forest. With less native cover, diversity levels dropped.

3. Suburbs mimic aspects of the best natural habitats. The most bird-rich suburbs had a wide variety of native and ornamental plantings, creating a high diversity of plant life, as well as bird feeders, bird houses, and artificial ponds. In the wild, we often find the most bird species in "edge" situations, where one habitat meets another. Suburban habitat is like an endless series of edges. So there's potential for more different birds to find a niche there.

4. Some birds have adapted to urban life, but others can't. Long-term studies in London, for example, have shown that the diversity of birds living in certain parks has increased. But some species, termed "avoiders," seem unable to adapt to life in developed areas. In North America, forest birds such as Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, and Red-eyed Vireo are in this category. Many bird species will survive only if they have sufficient sanctuaries of natural habitat. 

5.Tropical regions still dominate. The pattern of highest diversity in the suburbs breaks down completely in tropical regions. No suburban habitat can approach the number of bird species living in tropical forest. 

6. Local diversity isn't everything. It would be wrong to measure a bird habitat's value only by the number of species living there. Some unique habitats support rare and specialized birds that wouldn't survive anywhere else. For example, a marsh hosting Yellow Rails and Le Conte's Sparrows is more significant, from a conservation standpoint, than a suburban neighborhood filled with starlings and robins, even if the latter might have more total species. 

7. Suburbs aren't as good for other wildlife. As detailed in a chapter in Marzluff's forthcoming book, other life forms beyond birds don't necessarily fare so well in the suburbs. Many native mammals, reptiles, and amphibians disappear from developed areas, and fish and other aquatic creatures often decline in urban and suburban streams. So the birds, mobile and adaptable, may not reflect what suburbia is doing to other creatures. 

So is suburbia--or, as the book title has it, subirdia--good or bad for birds? Well, it's complicated, and no simple answer will suffice. Surprising numbers of species thrive there. Many others don't, and probably never will. But an essential point, unmentioned in the NPR story but central to Marzluff's book, is that we humans can take a wide range of actions to make the suburbs more livable for birds, for other native wildlife, and ultimately for ourselves. This includes maintaining diverse natural cover within suburbs. 

While some aspects of the research may lend themselves to a gee-whiz story about birdy 'burbs, such a light treatment of the subject may mislead people into thinking their suburban sprawl is okay after all. In reality, Marzluff's book presents a more nuanced argument, and most importantly presents a potential action plan for how to make things better. 

Kenn Kaufman

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Recent Books available in the Sunshine Coast Library [and some favs]

Cover - Link opens in a new windowAn eye for nature : the life and art of William T. Cooper / Penny Olsen ; foreword by David Attenborough.
Olsen, Penny, 1949-
Canberra, A.C.T. : National Library of Australia, [2014].
x, 278 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowFinding Australian birds : a field guide to birding locations / Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke.
Dolby, Tim
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2014.
xviii, 602 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 22 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowWhere song began : Australia's birds and how they changed the world / Tim Low.
Low, Tim, 1956-
Melbourne, Vic. : Penguin Group Australia, 2014.
405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowAustralian bird names : a complete guide / by Ian Fraser and Jeannie Gray.
Fraser, Ian, 1951-
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.
336 p. ; 25 cm.

Cover - Link opens in a new windowBest 100 birdwatching sites in Australia / Sue Taylor.
Taylor, Sue, 1949-
Sydney : NewSouth, 2013.
221 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 21 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowBirds and people / Mark Cocker and David Tipling ; with specialist research by and the support of Jonathan Elphick and John Fanshawe.
Cocker, Mark, 1959-
London : Jonathan Cape, 2013.
592 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowBirds : coping with an obsession : one man's journey through 70 years of birdwatching / Derek Moore.
Moore, Derek, 1943-
London : New Holland Publishers, 2013.
271 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 21 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowCayley & son : the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley & Neville William Cayley / Penny Olsen.
Olsen, Penny
Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2013.
227 p. : ill. (mostly col.) and ports ; 29 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowFeral : searching for enhantment on the frontiers of rewilding / George Monbiot.
Monbiot, George, 1963-
London : Allen Lane, 2013.
xii, 316 pages ; 24 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowRambunctious garden : saving nature in a post-wild world / Emma Marris.
Marris, Emma
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
210 p. ; 25 cm.
Cover - Link opens in a new windowLife list : a woman's quest for the world's most amazing birds / Olivia Gentile.
Gentile, Olivia
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Bloomsbury, c2009.
345 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 22 cm.

Gardens for Wildlife

Barung Landcare is providing support to landowners who wish to create wonderful gardens for our local wildlife. The Gardens for Wildlife program caters particularly for people who have less than 1ha of native vegetation and so don’t qualify for Land for Wildlife assistance. When you join Gardens for Wildlife you will receive an attractive gate sign, ten plants from Barung's nursery, a set of informative notes and invitation to workshops. There are special incentives for the first 150 members that sign up.

Gardens for Wildlife Membership

The ‘Gardens for Wildlife' program encourages and recognises wildlife-friendly gardens and environment-friendly practices in urban gardens.

Your garden for wildlife can contribute to bringing nature home by welcoming wildlife to share your garden and by providing a healthy, weed free environment for them to do so. Providing more native plants and other habitat in the garden is not only valuable in itself, it can also link to habitat nearby, providing safe corridors or ‘stepping stones‘ along which animals can move from place to place.

By becoming a ‘Gardens for Wildlife' member and displaying your sign, you clearly demonstrate your support and commitment to protecting wildlife species and habitat.
If you would like to become a member of Barung Landcare’s ‘Gardens for Wildlife’, either:

download the application form

There is a one off joining fee of $30 ($25 for Barung Landcare members) to cover costs of your member benefits. Payment can be made via credit card or Paypal.

Your ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ membership package includes a sign for your front entrance, information sheets, invitation to workshops, 10 free wildlife friendly plants to be collected from the Porter’s Lane nursery and 10 free tree guards.

- See more at:

Barung Landcare PO BOX 1074 MALENY QLD 4552
email: ph: 5494 3151

Friday, 1 August 2014

Future Friday morning forums of the Noosa Parks Association

Future Friday morning forums of the Noosa Parks Association. Good talks for a small donation.

Friday Forum weekly meetings are held in the Environment Centre at Wallace Park, Noosaville.  The meetings are a public information exchange attended by guest speakers, covering a range of current conservation and environmental issues.

Attendance at these forums is open to anyone who appreciates Noosa's beautiful natural environment and would like to know more about its care and protection.

Flying Fox Dispersal is topical with the colony at Wallace Park. Terrie Ridgway and Jan Davey from Flying-fox Rescue Release Noosa Inc. have some interesting video showing dispersals in other areas. This forum on August 8 is likely to stimulate some lively debate from both camps.

Ian Bailey is the guest speaker on August 15 for a joint meeting with the Bird Observers. The topic is Recording and Reporting Bird Observations.

Ann Schofield a Volunteer Community Educator with the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service will make a timely presentation about Fire Preparedness on August 22.

Judith Hoyle will talk on Projects and Activities of the BirdLife Organisation for the joint meeting with the bird observers’ group which has been delayed from June until August 29.

There is no forum on September 5 as it is Noosa Show Day. 

Bronwyn Marsh and members of the Goomboorian Community Action Group will talk about their concerns
regarding the mining threat in the Noosa River Catchment on September 12

On September 19 Dr David Schoeman from the University of the Sunshine Coast will discuss his recent research into 'Wind Intensification' caused by Global Warming.

The film ‘Rise of the Eco Warriors’ will be screened on September 26.

In addition to our guest speakers, we will continue to have members report on flora, fauna and conservation issues with regular updates from the NPA Committee. Join us at the Environment Centre, Wallace Park on Friday mornings from 10am or start the day early with Interpretive Birding at 8.30am.

Up to date information of each Environment Forum is provided every Tuesday on the Biosphere page in the Noosa News and in the on-line Noosa Independent. Information is also displayed at the Noosa Library and on the website You can receive the information direct to your mailbox each week by sending an email to with 'Subscribe' in the subject line.

Dianne Shun Wah Friday Forum Organiser Ph: 5471 3195 or

Bird Evolution

August Outing Report - London Creek Environmental Park

Grey Shrike Thrush
Our August outing took us to another Sunshine Council Reserve – London Creek Environmental Reserve.
This reserve had been identified as important habitat through Council’s Biodiversity Strategy and was purchased in 2010 using monies obtained through the excellent environmental levy scheme which is supported by rate payers. The reserve protects a variety of habitat including Eucalypt Forest and acacia woodland plus remnant riverine vegetation including rain forest.

The reserve, with adjacent reserves, forms a large area of continuous habitat that protects a range of biodiversity as well as offering protection for the London Creek Catchment itself. Further the cleared areas on the purchased property have been the subject of revegetation through the efforts and commitment of Energex as part of their environmental offset agreements.
male Golden Whistler

Anyone interested in Bird conservation would acknowledge that protection of natural habitats is the key to the success. Connectivity between protected areas of habitat and expansion of these areas through revegetation and natural succession is also very important. Sunshine Coast Council is to be congratulated for their efforts thus far.

A special thanks is also due to John Birbeck – our man on Council. John is a Principal Environmental Officer and had arranged permissions to visit the site, gave us a briefing about the reserve, its environmental features and its history, and, most importantly he got the key!

A cool winter’s morning met us as did a cooler breeze however the sky was blue and weather slowly warmed up. The birds were a little quiet however all in all we recorded some 56 species; a commendable effort at a single site particularly as it was winter and windy.

The following species were recorded;
Pacific Black Duck, White-headed Pigeon, Wompoo Pigeon, Bar-shouldered Dove, Peaceful Dove,
Pale-yellow Robin
Straw-necked Ibis, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot, Crimson and Pale-headed Rosellas, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper, Satin Bowerbird, Variegated Fairy-wren, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, White-throated Gerygone, Striated Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Eastern Spinebill, Lewin’s, Scarlet, Dusky, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters,  Eastern Whipbird, Varied Triller, Golden and Rufous Whistlers, Little and Grey Shrike-thrushes, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Grey and Rufous Fantails,  Torresian Crow,  Restless Flycatcher, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow and Pale –yellow Robins, Silvereye, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Red-browed Finch

Pale-yellow Robin
Birdlife Australia Sunshine Coast had visited this site before, most recently in July 2013, recording 52 species. Within that list the following additional species, unrecorded today,  were recorded then; Brown Quail, Australasian Grebe, Purple Swamphen Dusky Moorhen, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Rainbow Bee-eater, Regent Bowerbird, Bell Miner, Logrunner, Pied Butcherbird, Willie Wagtail, Russet-tailed Thrush, Double-barred Finch.

Thanks to all the 32 Birdlife members who came out for a pleasant morning’s stroll around, what was for me a new birding site.

All photos accompanying this report were taken by John Thompson during the outing.

[A request for any pictures taken on the outing and / or photos of any of the species above please email them to me at
Large billed Scrub-wren