Brisbane Pectoral Sandpiper

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Subject: Brisbane Pectoral Sandpiper
From: Greg Anderson <>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 08:52:39 -0000
Dear all,

Since the site is only about 5 minutes from where I live, this morning I 
went to take a look at the Pectoral Sandpiper that Paul Walbridge mentioned 
in a posting yesterday.  The bird was easily located just after 6.00am and 
I watched it for some time.  There were no Sharp-tailed Sandpipers present, 
but I did enjoy scope-filling views of Latham's Snipe.  Other birds of note 
were a Baillon's Crake and a Little Grassbird and Golden-headed Cisticola 
feeding in the mud at the edge of the lake.

For those unfamiliar with the site here are the directions.  Pine Rivers 
Park is located on the northern outskirts of Brisbane (actually Pine Rivers 
Shire) between the suburbs of Bald Hills and Strathpine in an area known 
locally as the Bald Hills Flats.  It is on the northern side of Gympie Road 
and can be accessed via the traffic lights at the intersection of Centenary 
Way and Gympie Road.  Follow the access road for about 100m as it bends to 
the right and take the first left.  Follow this for 50-100m and park just 
before a gate and a sign to the Bryce Amphitheatre.  From here a path runs 
between two lakes.  The Pectoral Sandpiper was observed on the shore of the 
lake on the right and the stage of the amphitheatre is a good place to 
stand while you scan.  It moved around a little, but the lake is not large 
and you can walk all the way around it.  After I had watched the bird for a 
while it flew off towards the lake on the left, but I didn't follow it. 
 Apparently it did the same when Paul's visitor located the bird the other 
day.  This area is frequented by joggers and on weekends it can get quite 
crowded with many people having picnics so it would be best to go early.



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