Bush Stone-Curlews at Russell Is

To: Gloria Glass <>
Subject: Bush Stone-Curlews at Russell Is
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 16:34:04 +1000
Gloria Glass wrote:
> 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

Bush thickknees are pretty common on the Moreton Bay Islands - there is
a collective on every island you can catch a ferry to ...

For some reason the bay islands are attractive - possibly due to the
large number of vacant semi-cleared blocks which provide attractive

Couchie Mudlo Island in particular is a good spot to see the thickknees
hanging around people's yards - I once saw 8 or 9 in one street.

Regards, Laurie.

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