Friday, 30 January 2015

From Barung Landcare

Roving Restorers day coming up

Upper Cedar Creek, near Witta    Sat 14 Feb  9am - 12pm
A great tree-planting morning just down the Conondale hill from Witta. The landholders are in a key wildlife corridor between Bellthorpe and Maleny National Parks. Join us for a fun morning out followed by morning tea.
Car Pool at the back of IGA carpark in Maleny at 8.15am or travel independently (call 5429 6622 for directions) for a 9am start.  
All tools will be provided. Bring gloves, water, boots, sunscreen, insect repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, trousers and hat are essential (Work Place Health and Safety Regulations).

Please register at Barung Ph. 5494 3151 or click here to register online

Enquiries: Please call Susie Duncan 5429 6622 or

Barung Landcare Association Inc
ph 07 54943151    fax 07 54943141
Postal Address : PO Box 1074 MALENY QLD 4552

Farewell the Shorebirds

Curlew Sandpiper
21st March – 19th April 2015

Over 5 million shorebirds migrate from Australia to breed in the Arctic – for some that’s the equivalent of doing 309 consecutive marathons with only one or two drink stops along the way. And what’s more, once they have nested and raised their young, they turn around and do it all again!

To celebrate this incredible journey BirdLife Australia together with the Australasian Wader Studies Group bring you Farewell Shorebirds, an exciting nationwide event that focuses on the fascinating lives of some of the 35 species of birds.

Checkout the website;

There is information about waders, their migratory flightpaths, their conservation. There is a petition to our federal environment minister Mr Hunt, to encourage him to do more about ensuring the
Bar-tailed Godwit
conservation and protection of migratory species and their habitats. There are also events.

We are planning a trip to Toorbul on the 4 April to Farewell the [Waders] Shorebirds. There will be birders there to assist your identification of these,sometimes difficult, species.

If you would like to know more or participate more with migratory birds check out

About the AWSG    [ ]

The Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) was formed in 1981 as a special interest group of BirdLife Australia to coordinate and focus studies on waders, or shorebirds, in Australia and throughout their migration routes in the Asia Pacific.

Eastern Curlew
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Welcome to the Queensland Wader Study Group Website   [ ]

WADERS or shorebirds are a diverse group of wading birds that comprise 10% of Australia’s bird species.  Most are migrants from the northern hemisphere.  They make remarkable long-distance seasonal migrations and face numerous threats to their survival during these marathon journeys.
The Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) was established in 1992 as a special interest group within Birds Queensland, to monitor wader populations in Queensland and to work towards their conservation.
The aim of this website is to share information about waders and QWSG’s activities with everyone interested in these special birds and to encourage participation in the conservation effort. Please see the “What’s New” page for details of Wader ID days and all our other activities. 
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The Wader Study Group

International Wader Study Group

The International Wader Study Group is an organisation of enthusiastic professionals and amateurs researching waders, also called shorebirds. The involvement of the members of the IWSG in wader research ranges from observing waders in ones own ‘backyard’ to extensive, long-term studies aiming at a deeper understanding of spectacular wader phenomena like long-distance migration, living in extreme environments and variable reproductive strategies.
The IWSG brings together wader researchers from all continents, which has resulted in many joint research projects. The IWSG publishes a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Wader Study (formerly Wader Study Group Bulletin) and every year members exchange results and ideas during the annual conference, held at various locations in Europe which are always close to wader habitats.
The IWSG cooperates with nature and bird conservation organizations around the world and aims to inform on current threats to wader habitats and populations. The IWSG is open to everyone who wants to contribute to our understanding and appreciation of waders, shorebird and their habitats.
Membership of the IWSG is currently over 450 worldwide. Members can be found in over 50 countries around the world, including all European countries and  many in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Upcoming Birding Opportnities

Upcoming events
31st January – Saturday, 6.30am - Outing
Border Ranges Drive, Brisbane South Branch
6th  February – Friday  6.30am - Outing
Mount Tamborine, Brisbane South Branch
7th  February – Saturday, 7.00am - Outing
Kirbys Road Environmental Reserve, Sunshine Coast
14th  February – Saturday,7.00am - Outing
Kianawah Road Wetland (Lindum Wetlands), Brisbane South Branch
18th  February – Wednesday,8.00am - Outing
Baroon Pocket Dam, South side. Sunshine Coast.
20th  February – Friday 7.00am - Outing
Coleman Road, Coomera, Brisbane South Branch
20th  February – Friday 8.30am - Talk
Noosa Bird Observers Group. An interpretive walk followed
by a talk on The Peregrine Falcon
25th February – Wednesday,7.00am - Outing
Redland Bay, Brisbane South Branch
4th March - Wednesday,7.00am - Outing
Daisy Hill Forest. Paperbark Trail and Tree Discovery Trail. Brisbane South Branch
For more details, please see our events calendar -
Regent Bowerbird by Chris Tzaros

Mapleton Rarity

Over the latest school holidays I left my Mapleton home for a little vacation in and around Melbourne. By leaving I invited a rarity to visit my local patch - the Mapleton Lillyponds. The bird in question; a Cape Barren Goose. Vagrant? Escaped captive fowl? No one seems to know. But most can agree it is a beautiful bird and, to say the least, a surprising find for the Sunshine Coast.

While in Victoria I managed to see quite a few of these birds myself, in their normal haunts - Werribbee and Phillip Island. The latter site, in particular, is a stronghold for the spp.
Mapleton Cape Barren Goose, no leg rings present. Could it be a truly wild bird?  [photo by John Thompson]

Some info of the species from wikipedia;
It is a most peculiar goose of uncertain affiliations (Sraml et al. 1996). It may either belong into the "true geese" and swan subfamily Anserinae or into the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae as distinct tribe Cereopsini, or be separated, possibly including the prehistorically extinct flightless New Zealand geese of the genus Cnemiornis, in a distinct subfamily Cereopsinae. Indeed, the first bones of the New Zealand birds to be discovered were similar enough to those of the Cape Barren goose to erroneously refer to them as "New Zealand Cape Barren goose" ("Cereopsis" novaezeelandiae).

The smaller population of Cape Barren goose in Western Australia is described as a subspecies, Cereopsis novaehollandiae grisea, and named for the group of islands known as the Recherche Archipelago.

These are bulky geese and their almost uniformly grey plumage, bearing rounded black spots, is unique. The tail and flight feathers are blackish and the legs are pink with black feet. The short, decurved black bill and green cere gives it a very peculiar expression.

The Cape Barren goose is 75 to 100 cm long, weighs 3 to 7 kg and has a 150 to 190 cm wingspan; males are somewhat larger than females. This bird feeds by grazing and rarely swims.

Their ability to drink salt or brackish water allows numbers of geese to remain on offshore islands all year round. They are one of the rarest of the world's geese. It is gregarious outside the breeding season, when it wanders more widely, forming small flocks.

Range and habitat
A previous decline in numbers appears to have been reversed as birds in the east at least have adapted to feeding on agricultural land. The breeding areas are grassy islands off the Australian coast, where this species nests on the ground in colonies. It bears captivity well, quite readily breeding in confinement if large enough paddocks are provided.

In Australia, 19th-century explorers named a number of islands "Goose Island" due to the species' presence there.

In 1968, a small number of geese were introduced to Maria Island, Tasmania.     [Ken Cross]
Cape Barren Geese [K.Cross] Werribbee, Victoria 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

First Outing 2015

Saturday outing - 7 February 2015 -  7am - Kirbys Road Environmental Reserve. – Leader/ s - Ken Cross and John Birbeck. Please bring hat, sunscreen, water, folding chair and morning tea. Please bring a gold coin for a book raffle [proceeds to Birdlife].

The reserve is one of Sunshine Coast Council's newest reserves. It is 213ha in extent and provides a key habitat linkage between Kondalilla and Maleny National Parks.

Kirbys Road environmental reserve ecological values

Five Regional Ecosystems are found in this reserve including one endangered, two of concern and one least concern. The four vegetation communities are comprised of lowland subtropical rainforest, dry open woodland, wet sclerophyll forest and dry sclerophyll forest. Vulnerable, rear and significant plant species have been identified including stands of Giant ironwood (Choricarpia subargentea), Marsdenia coronata, Macadamia integrifolia and M.terrifolia. Other significant species recorded are Bunya pine (Auraucaria bidwilii), Brown bollygum (Litsea leefeana), Brush muttonwood (Myrsine howittiana), and Maidens blush (Sloanea australis subsp. australis). In total, 357 plant species have been recorded, comprising 298 native and 59 exotic.

Kirbys Road Environmental Reserve

Fauna surveys have found a high diversity of terrestrial mammals, bats, birds, reptiles and amphibians, including one koala seen in 2012, with evidence of koalas using trees in 2010, and a colony of Grey-headed flying fox. Both these species are listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Elf skinks and a Powerful owl were also recorded which are listed as vulnerable and near threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
The reserve also contains suitable habitat, and previous nearby records of other endangered or vulnerable species including the Glossy black cockatoo, the Plumed frogmouth, Tusked frog and Cascade tree frog. There is also suitable habitat although no nearby records, for the endangered Coxens fig parrot, Eastern bristelbird, Giant barred frog and the Spotted tail quoll.

Friday, 9 January 2015

More Pics from our Facebook page

Silvereye [Shanna Bignell]

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos [Allan Sonerson]]

Bush Stone-curlew [Warren Bennett]

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Facebook Birders - first birds photos published....

First photos published. Details of the 'contest' are in the previous post. Some of the birds requiring ID are published below.

All of the above pics were taken in the greater Melbourne area...