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Subject: Woodgate trip report, Aug '04
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After Hervey Bay,moved on to Woodgate ( south of Bundaberg)for three =
days, staying at the only caravan park in a small town.The bonus is 
that =
it is quiet, and that the Woodgate NP is literally 50m behind the park, 
with the beach 50m in front.During our stay we explored the NP, went to 
Walker's Point on the mouth of the Burrum River (where we did a great =
walk to the birdhide), and Theodolite Creek, 3km N of town.

Nothing much of interest at Woodgate itself, birding-wise,with Brahminy 
Kite prominent along the beach. The NP is a good, if currently very 
dry, =
example of a coastal melelueca (?quinquinervia) forest with heaps of =
Scarlet Honeyeater.The birdhide walk at Walker's Point was more =
productive with a total of 47 birds, best of which were Mangrove =
Honeyeater,Royal Spoonbill,Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Mangrove and =
White-throated Gerygone,Varied Triller, Olive-backed Oriole. On the =
sandbars and river edges At Walker's Point were Whimbrel, Eastern =
Curlew, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover, Black-winged Stilt.

A brief (90 min) explore at Theodolite Creek was a surprise and a =
delight. First-up, a single Jabiru in the estuary, along with both =
Whistling and Brahminy Kite, Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Red-capped =
Plover.A long walk out to the water across broad sandbars revealed =
Grey-tailed Tattler, Lesser Sand Plover, Red-necked Stint and a single =
Double-banded Plover in magnificent breeding plumage.The plover was 
very =
easy to approach, so exceptional views were had through the 'scope.Pied 
Cormorant and Crested Tern were in good supply on the water's edge.

All-up, a quiet, relaxing destination with good birding .We saw 62 =
species without much effort.

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