RE: Girraween over easter

To: "Lee Mason" <>,
Subject: RE: Girraween over easter
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:14:06 +1000
I have had the same experience at Sundown, but Giraween has always been
a bit too busy for my taste. I have to add that I have never seen New
Holland HE at either park, altho I have visited mainly between March and
Sept - maybe it's more a summer visitor?


On Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:34:21 +1030, "Lee Mason" <>
> Hi again,
> Further to Michaels post,
> Not brave, just a full time worker making do with what time off I can
> get.
> Both parks were full and since I have no camping gear anyway, I just
> stayed in a motel in Stanthorpe and got up very, very early each day and
> drove out to the parks, no big deal to me since I was on my own.  Even
> with Girraween full, I did not see another person on the Junction track
> until at least 8:20am just before I saw the Heathwrens (and I was walking
> the track at 6am).  Even in the afternoon on my first day the Junction
> track was pretty quiet with only a few other walkers seen.  I didn't even
> see another birdwatcher (and you can pick them easily).  Most people
> seemed to hang around the picnic area, info centre, the stream at the
> start of the walking tracks and the Granite Arch track.  The few other
> walkers on the track were all kind enough to stop walking while I looked
> or tried to photograph something, which was nice and somewhat unexpected.
> Sundown was much the same experience, but there are only a small amount
> of camp sites anyway, so even though it was fully booked, I didn't see
> anyone on the walking track, or the fields or in the scrub or any other
> location mentioned in my research.
> New Holland Honeyeater was on my wish list and seemed to get a mention in
> most reports but unfortunately I can confirm that I didn't see any. 
> There wasn't much in flower at either park (if that helps).  That one
> will be on my list for a return visit.
> So anyway, don't discount these parks because its a busy holiday period,
> most people weren't there to see birds anyway and stayed well away from
> the good birding spots.  I still managed to see and photograph 3 new
> birds in the busy picnic area (White-eared and White-naped Honeyeaters,
> Red Wattlebird) and I'm sure I'll find the quail thrush somewhere else.
> Cheers and Happy birding 
> Lee Mason
> Hervey Bay, QLD
> Hello Birding Ausers In response to Lee Mason's recent report regarding
> Girraween NP (near Stanthorpe, Queensland). It's a brave person to visit
> there on an Easter weekend. I was there only a few days beforehand with a
> friend doing research on the Bald Rock Creek Turtle and the rangers were
> telling us the campgrounds were booked out during the period and they
> were expecting close to 350 people. No Thanks! It's hard enough tracking
> down quail-thrush as it is. We too got a Scarlet Robin (male); it seems
> to be a great spot for these birds in the state. Also managed to see a
> pair of Spotted Quail-thrush on our visit. It's interesting to note that
> there is no mention of New Holland Honeyeater in Lee's report, which can
> be relatively numerous there on occasions; we too did not see a single
> bird of this species whilst there.Regards,Michael Wood         
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