Cumberland Chimney

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Subject: Cumberland Chimney
From: Peter Morgan <>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:56:45 +0000
Last October we went to Cumberland Chimney near Georgetown, Qld, and it was 
looking pretty sad what with the drought and all.  While there, a council 
worker told us that plans were in place for a toilet block.
Yesterday, we went out there and the toilets were in place, together with a 
very nice viewing platform complete with binoculars over the waterbody.  And, 
at least 25 caravans/campers and other assorted camping units.  With this many 
non-birders with dogs and fires using this free campsite, we wonder how the 
site will remain as a top birding spot.
The viewing platform is great as such, but with a bit of thought, it might have 
been made to serve as a bird hide.

While on things, the boardwalk at Abbattoir Swamp has been very well re-built 
from the derelict state it was in late last year.  Lloyd Neilsen comments about 
the poor state of the site in his book, but at least some good work has been 
done.  The swamp itself is filled with a tall grass of some sort which makes 
the swamp not productive for birds.  We got the White-browed Crake on our first 
visit, but there is no chance of any water birds as it is now. Hopefully, if it 
isn't a natural thing, something can be done about that.  Adjacent cane fields 
might be having an impact.

Peter and Bev Morgan

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