nth stradbroke island qld

Subject: nth stradbroke island qld
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 03:08:53 -0500

hi all
i've just returned from two weeks on nth stradbroke island off brisbane, where 
sightings included:
10-15 common noddies on shag rock about 700m off home beach (viewed by kayak), 
a first for me on the island.
6 little terns among a flock of cresteds, 9 ruddy turnstones (one coming into 
breeding plumage) and a red-capped dotterel by the creek-fed lagoon at home 
beach with a whistling kite in regular attendance. 

channel-billed cuckoos and pheasant coucals on the hill behind home beach where 
we stayed. also there bush stone curlews and another pair with chicks at the 
amity pt caravan pk where dogs are banned.  
a white-breasted sea eagle over cylinder beach and another at amity point.
last october there were hundreds of waders on the tidal flats running SW of the 
amity sandbar but i was ill-equipped to see them.
this time i was prepared but there weren't as many (eastern curlews, whimbrels, 
bar-tailed godwits, pied oystercatchers) and the tide was against me tho a 
bar-tailed godwit coming into breeding plumage was a highlight.   
there was a bit of action in the mangroves with azure and mangrove KFs, 
mangrove HEs, striated heron, reef herons, peaceful doves and surprisingly a 
lone white-breasted woodswallow in a dead mangrove right at the water's edge.
someone better equipped and more experienced might like to check out that spot 
next season. the shallow flats are walkable/paddleable but beware they are 
thick with stingrays.  
shane b 
ascot q 


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