RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers

To: Birding Aus <>, Damien Farine <>
Subject: RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers
From: Carl Billingham <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 20:21:29 -0800 (PST)
Beach Stone Curlew are reported to be on the sand islands in the middle of the 
Broadwater as well - so if you're really lucky and have good eyesight!

If you dont mind a bit of a drive, over the border in NSW is Fingal Spit (the 
southern bank at the mouth of the Tweed River).  If you head to the southern 
end of Fingal Spit adjacent to McKissock Dr (officially in Kingscliff) there is 
a remnant patch of coastal heath. This was burnt out a few years ago but it 
should have recovered by now. I was amazed at what I saw when I first went 
there many years ago and have never forgotten it.  I was wonder what the rest 
of the Eastern coastline must have looked like prior to development. This would 
be a good early morning spot.  

On Sunday I drove from the Gold Coast down to Hastings Point in NSW and got 
Sooty Oystercatchers, Wandering Tattler and Grey-tailed Tattler amongst plenty 
of others.  The round trip took about 2hours so is a possibility for an early 
morning foray.

In a similar vein don't forget Springbrook and Currumbin Valley.  Currumbin 
Creek Rd leads up to the bottom of Springbrook NP (Mt Cougal Section).  It is 
my regular training ride on my bike during the week before work - it is amazing 
what you can see along there and it is always pleasant to sit in the rainforest 
at the end of the road.



RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers
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To: Charles Hunter < >
Subject: RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 13:34:46 +1100

I have also seen bush stone curlews on a number of occasions over the last few 
years in Macintosh
Park in the middle of Main Beach, which was suprising given the high level of 
disturbance including
Indy each year.

I would agree the golf courses are one of the few refuges left along the 
coastal strip near surfers.

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