Re: Bush Stone-curlews

Subject: Re: Bush Stone-curlews
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 16:45:11 PST
Reminds me of when I was working at Cairns North Queeensland with Qld 
Rail in the 70s and early 80s. A pair of BushTk would nest between the 
actual rail line in the shunting yard. During the breeding season with 
the birds busy looking for a suitable site they would always seem to 
choose a site where shunting activity was carried out and wagons placed 
every couple of days. This did not impact on the success of their 
nesting attempt with two chicks reared each year.
On evidence of nesting shunters would place a marker to identify where 
the eggs were situated. Each time we were required to shunt the siding 
what a display the adults put on, wings extended and tail erect and 
fanned out plus the bird would make a hissing sound as shunters 
approached to couple up the wagons. I am not sure if I recorded details 
for the Nest Record Scheme but will check when I get home as I recall 
taking some photos. On one occasion the adult bird carried one young 
under the wing and dropped the chick in some long grass 25 cm high only 
to have a tractor slasher run over the same area minutes later, much to 
our disapproval and failed attempts to stop the Driver. 
The Cairns Rail Yard is a busy place but since I have left it has been 
relocated and I am not sure if the birds continue to nest in this area 
which would be almost in the centre of Cairns.

Jon Wren Bowen Queensland (Climate Capital of Aust)
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>A contact in suburban Brisbane has notified me of circumstances where a
>pair of adult Bush Stone-curlews are guarding a nest which is located 
>a newly developed carpark at a schoolyard. The nest is located on the
>edge of the carpark and doesn't appear to be treatened by cars
>(roadblocks were put up by concerned parents to protect the nest).  
>They are concerned about the welfare of the chicks, which are yet to
>Has anyone had a similar experience? The schoolkids are concerned and
>are seeking any advice.
>Jim Smith
>phone +61 2 9399 9207

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