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Subject: Hervey Bay  report, Aug '04
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Attended a Birds Qld campout at Hervey Bay for four days in mid-August, 
fortunate to camp in bush setting close urban area (thanks Bob & June). 
Locals arranged a great program of local spots, some on private land, =
and trip included a dawn cruise into Platypus Bay whalewatching (thanks 
Mike W.)

Hervey Bay has a number of great birdwatching spots and the local =
council has a brochure showing these. Our favourites were Arkarra =
Lagoons at Dundowran, (7 km of Pialba) and Garnet's Lagoon on private =
property near River Heads (where the Mary and Susan Rivers converge 
into =
the top of the Great Sandy Straits).

     The group got 78 species in under two hours at Arkarra Lagoons with 
good views of both Whistling Ducks, breeding Black Swans, Darter, and =
the expected ducks ,comorants,water fowl, egrets, both Spoonbill.Brolga 
was a highlight for those arriving early, as were Magpie Geese for 
those =
observantly scanning paddocks on the outskirts of HB.Two raptors only, =
Whistling Kite and Grey Goshawk, four pigeons, Sacred Kingfisher, =
Rainbow Bee-eaters, nine species of honeyeater, including Brush =
Wattlebird and Dusky Honeyeater. Grey-crowned Babblers were seen, along 
with a male Rose Robin, Leaden Flycatcher, two Whistlers, Spectacled =
Monarch and Double -barred Finch nest-building.

   Garnet's Lagoon was visited on a number of occasions, on our pm visit 
the highlights included Australian Shoveller, Darter, four Egrets ( =
Little,Great, Intermediate,Cattle), and all three Ibis.White-bellied =
Sea-eagles regularly harrassed the waterbirds, as did a Swamp Harrier. =
Latham's Snipe (four) were seen on a small island, five Brolga were 
seen =
, along with Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, 
Sharpies, =
Jacana, Red-capped,Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterel. The reeds =
produced Little Grassbird and Reed-warbler, Mangrove Gerygone were 
heard =
in the mangroves, with very few bush birds in evidence )lagoons are on 
a =
well-grazed cattle property).

      Other areas visited included Gatakers Bay (W of Pt Vernon), =
Beverley Park,(7km S of Urangan) and Mathiesens Birdhide. Best birds =
seen included Collared Kingfisher,Spangled Drongo, Osprey (nesting at 
Pt =
Vernon),Buff-banded Rail, and the discovery of plaetlets in a small =
patch of scrub at Gatakers Bay (the birds could not be located).The =
whalewatching trip was successful, many pods located, close and =
sustained views of mainly juvenile Humpbacks. Gannet were identified, =
other long-range, dark, fast-flying birds were not (it was, after -all, 
a mini-pelagic-- just ask those with the green gills!!).

    Hervey Bay is a good and easy birding spot, the birdwatching locals =
are friendly and more than helpful.

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