Bush Stone-Curlews

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Subject: Bush Stone-Curlews
From: "Dicksons" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 12:48:42 +1000
Edwin Vella wrote:
>>Before heading home in Sydney, we decided to pull through Woy Woy and then
>>onto St Hubert's Island (approx 70-80 km north of Sydney CBD) where with a
>>bit of searching > spotted 3 BUSH STONE-CURLEWS in the mangroves. They were
>>as expected standing motionless being not dark yet. I have never seen more
>>than 3 Stone-curlews here at > a time and was wondering if anyone out there
>>has seen more?

Paul Coddington wrote:
>When I was in Cairns I went to the cemetery near the botanical gardens since
>it was supposed to be a good place for them. I was amazed that in the middle
>of the day,
>I could see at least 10 just standing in one spot and looking around. I
>imagine there would be anywhere much better in Australia to see them.
>Paul Coddington
>Adelaide, South Australia

Well, at the Townsville Golf Club there are always large numbers of Bush Stone-Curlews - last week a group of 23 was sitting quietly 100m from the clubhouse in the middle of the day. Of course it's a bit hard to birdwatch on golf courses - when I'm playing it can sometimes be torturing to see fabulous birds but not be able to get the binos on them - you don't need binos for these Bush Stone-Curlews though. 
Incidentally the Townsville Golf Club is also good for Yellow-throated Miners, which seem to be absent from the surrounding urban areas, but are resident, and have bred on the course. Fortunately they are quite friendly and I can get good views of them without binos as well.
Tim Dickson
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