On one of our regular Sunday morning jaunts with
the large dog in the back of the stationwagon
we headed for Giru, a small sugar town half way
between Townsville and Ayr in North Queensland.
We had passed through a week before
when all was quiet but now the sugar mill is belching out
dark-laden vapours into the atmosphere, enhancing a
landscape increasingly blackened by bushfires.
The best 20 minute 2ha monitoring (aka smoko
spot for the rest of the team) was at a lagoon
between Giru township and Cromarty boat ramp on the
Haughton River, on a rising tide. (We wisely
avoided the boat ramp itself).
Birds observed at lagoon (in order of
Bar Shouldered Dove
Spectacled Monarch (heard only)
Other birds observed in vicinity of
Aust White Ibis
Black Necked Stork
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo