Scrub Turkerys

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Subject: Scrub Turkerys
From: "John & Sarah" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 15:09:36 +1000
Hi Laurie & Leanne Knight et al -  If anyone is yearning to see scrub turkeys & mounds try Lamington National Park - the Binna Burra side - on the Main Border Track - so-called as it straddles QLD/NSW border for some way - take the right hand track there are two mounds one on the left hand side only 15-20 metres in and the other on the right half a klm further on.   They're was also one on the left hand track but  that had not been used for some time.    We were told they will use the same mound for 12 years or so if not endangered in any way - carpet pythons have a good go at the eggs but often retreat as the bird scratches mulch into its eyes.
 We used a very old disused & flattened mound once to rebuild an old track (on Binna Burra land, not Nat. Park) and found it to be really beaut. friable, rich, delicately scented & excellent for the purpose (would have loved some for our garden!)
Scrub turkeys there are used to humans but certainly not 'eating out of the hand' - they will follow you up a track for kilometers with the vain hope of food & you sometimes have them running in front of you just as if the track was built for them.  They are characters of the rainforest some with definite personalities.
Lamington NP is highly recommended - the Binna Burra side is more diverse in flora & birds - from rainforest (cat birds etc.), wet sclerophyll (scrub wrens etc.), montane heath (honeyeaters), & boxbrush, casaurina & treefern open areas.  The O'Reilly's side has excellent rainforest birds but little else for the twitcher.
Sarah Knight
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