RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers

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Subject: RFI: Gold Coast / Surfers
From: Barry Davies <>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 17:11:20 +1000
Hi Damian,
I would like to add a couple of suggestions to the list you have already received from Carl et al. There is a new Botanic garden off Ashmore Rd and only about 10mins from Surfers that is worth a stroll around to see some bush birds, but be aware it is new so don't expect a forest. Coombabah wetlands has a mangrove boardwalk where some mangrove specialists can be found as well as waders and bush birds. There is also a mangrove boardwalk at Burleigh near Fleay's fauna sanctuary. If you go to Coombabah you could also visit the nearby sewerage farm which has some good birds but you have to peek through the fence. There are some wetlands along Neilson's Rd in Carara which have Magpie geese and assorted other spp. Jabirus turn up in odd spots when you least expect them. I saw some recently on the side of the highway near Nerang. If you see a Plum-headed Finch please let me know where because I have never seen one on the coast.
Good luck.
Barry Davies
Gondwana Guides.

Damien Farine wrote:
Hey All,
I'll be in Surfers attending a conference Monday to Thursday next week.  I've 
trolled through the archive but there isn't much info on Gold Coast birding 
spots.  Would anyone be able to give some info on some locations worth visiting 
within half an hour max of Surfers?  I'd be interested in checking out some 
waders, and maybe catching up with a Jabiru and Plum-headed Finches.

Thanks in advance!

PS: Perhaps replying to the list might be good, there's info in the archive on 
Lamington/Binna Burra, but not much on the coast itself.

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