BA-NQG Field Trip - Redden Island

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Subject: BA-NQG Field Trip - Redden Island
From: "Keith & Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 19:36:57 +1000
Hi Everyone,
Birds Australia-North Queensland Group (BA-NQG) had a field trip yesterday
(30th June) to Redden Island (16° 51 32S 145° 45 27E) just to the north of
Cairns Airport. Whilst the woodland areas were unusually quiet, the most
exciting bird was a Grey Goshawk, the beach at the mouth of the Barron River
had a good variety of waders. Most notable were 8 Pacific Golden Plovers, 5
of which were in their winter breeding plumage. Others present were
Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Great Knot,
Red-necked Stint, red-capped Plover, Lesser & Greater Sandplover and Masked
Lapwing. Other birds present were Silver Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian
Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Crested Tern and an Osprey. This collection of
birds represents a greater variety than the Cairns Esplanade has on offer at
the moment. However today there was one Beach Stone-curlew catching a crab
on the Esplanade and being harassed by 2 Silver Gulls who were trying to
steal his lunch.

Keith & Lindsay Fisher
Cairns, (16°55' 40"S 145° 46' 35"E)
Far North Queensland 4870 Australia

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