birding-aus Cairns Esplanade

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Subject: birding-aus Cairns Esplanade
From: "Keith and Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 07:45:38 +1000
Hi all,
The latest on the Esplanade is that the
third modifications to the proposed
redevelopment plans has just been
released for public consultation. We had
a meeting with the consultants two weeks
ago, this latest plan had taken notice
of our previous suggestions and had
moved the environmental interpretive
centre back behind the walkway off the
mudflats and the high tide roost!. The
building, along with two other proposed
ones, was also lowered in its roof
design to blend in better. The swimming
pool has been modified at the southern
end (its not impinging onto much bird
habitat) and a pier which previously
stuck out into the inlet has been
removed. A bird Island has been proposed
in front of the environmental
interpretive centre and we asked about
the construction of this and gave our
suggestions.  We generally felt that the
planners are taking notice of our
concerns and acting on them, the birds
continue to play a major part of their
plans which is good to see. The current
plan has a walkway built on the existing
wall and will give good views of the
birds. If you want a brochure explaining
the masterplan you can request one from

A quick count of the birds along the
Esplanade today had the following:

Australian Pelican-14
White-faced Heron-7
Little Egret-3
Intermediate Egret-28
Striated Heron-2
Australian White Ibis-66
Straw-necked Ibis-2
Royal Spoonbill-9
Bar-tailed Godwit-60
Eastern Curlew-21
Common Greenshank-6
Terek Sandpiper-1
Grey-tailed Tattler-73
Great Knot-29
Beach Stone-curlew-2
Pied Oystercatcher-2
Black-winged Stilt-1
Pacific Golden Plover-1
Masked Lapwing-36
Silver Gull-360
Gull-billed Tern-8
Caspian Tern-2
Rainbow Lorikeet-200+ roosting
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot-7
Sacred Kingfisher-1
Varied Honeyeater-4
Welcome Swallow-3
Common Myna-150+ roosting
30 species

Good numbers of Whimbrels and
Grey-tailed Tattlers for this time of
year. Also of note is the two Beach
Stone-curlews that have been hanging
around for the last few weeks

Keith & Lindsay Fisher
PO Box 2209, Cairns QLD 4870

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