Just a quick note to thank Greg Anderson for providing me with the incentive to
make the short trip from my place at Redcliffe to the Pine Rivers Park for a new
bird for my life list.
I mean the Pectoral Sandpiper, of course.
Dr Greg's directions (see below) were spot on and, although I didn't see all of
the species he mentioned in his posting, the Spotless Crake foraging around the
edges of the 'island' directly out from the Bryce Amphitheatre was a real bonus.
The Pectoral Sandpiper was found almost at the base of the amphitheatre
providing very good views for quite some time until it flew off to the distant
reach of that particular lagoon.
The amphitheatre is, as Greg says, a good place to begin observing .
It is also a good place to set up a scope to carefully observe the edges of the
'island' opposite for the Spotless Crake.
The crake did emerge momentarily but spent most of the time skulking in the
Pectoral Sandpipers have been reported in this park sometime ago.
Unfortunately, I don't have the details.
>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.
>Greg Anderson, PhD Tel: +61-(0)7-3362-0177
>Head, Iron Metabolism Laboratory Fax: +61-(0)7-3362-0191
>Population and Clinical Sciences Division E-mail:
>Queensland Institute of Medical Research
>P.O. Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Queensland 4029, Australia
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