Bush Stone-Curlews at Russell Is

To: "Gloria Glass" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Bush Stone-Curlews at Russell Is
From: "Helen Horton" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 07:40:10 +1000
Dear Gloria
Just to set your mind at rest about the status of Bush Stone-curlews on Moreton Bay islands, there was a count of these birds done on Coochiemudlo Is. in January 1998 that produced a total of 33 adult birds plus 13 juveniles, with at least 9 confirmed breeding pairs on the island.  The count was done by the Redlands Council environmental officer plus birdwatchers on the island.
Coochie is actually quite a small island and this is an incredible number for the size of the island.
I should think there would be a reasonable population on Macleay Is. also as it has a fair amount of suitable habitat, and Lamb also certainly has birds.
Best wishes from an ancient North Qld associate.
Helen Horton
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From: Gloria Glass <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2001 8:39
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Bush Stone-Curlews at Russell Is

I spent a couple of nights at Russell Is (in Moreton Bay, Qld) and was delighted to hear the blood-curdling call of the Bush Stone-Curlews one night. My sister-in-law later lent me a booklet by the local writers' group which had a couple of poems about the "Curlews", and she told me some people had them in their gardens, but I didn't have time to investigate the matter further. So it seems that some of the locals do know and treasure them.
My question for the Brisbane-Bayside birdwatchers is - Are these birds secure on the Island (and maybe on other islands in the Moreton Bay group)? Or is there some way the local people could be encouraged to make much of them and enhance their protection? I could try to 'work on' my sister-in-law with the view that Russell Is people are fortunate to have them, etc. Maybe someone could tell me what points to mention to encourage their conservation.
I understand Bush Stone-Curlews are still gracing Magnetic Island (off Townsville). How do the locals regard them there? And do they have positive encouragement to protect the birds?
Gloria Glass
nr Toowoomba
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