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
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
>>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
>I could see at least 10 just standing in one spot and looking
>imagine there would be anywhere much better in
Australia to see them.
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.