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Subject: Murarrie
From: REID Colin <>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 11:01:15 +1000
An update on the Murarrie ponds, AKA KR Ponds, Brisbane, following my
enquiry last week and a visit on Sunday.

The ponds are to be redeveloped to make way for a new road for the Port of
Brisbane to connect to the Gateway Bridge. A much needed improvement, I have
to honestly admit, but a sad loss to the area. If only other options could
have been found. 
        Reviewing my bird lists from '81 and '83 the numbers and species
have dramatically reduced. I had Pink eared duck with young, Pied Stilt's
nest and eggs and once a Pied Goose and there are still many Little
Grassbirds, Golden Headed Cisticolas and Reed Warblers breeding. Along with
too, I have been advised, Ospreys, Brown Goshawk and Red Rumped Parrots. The
overall birding list is incredible for such a, relatively small,
industry/residentially surrounded area. Visiting yesterday 10 Pied/Black
Winged Stilts, 40-50 Grey and Chestnut Teal, 5 Sharp tailed Sands, 1 Marsh
Sand and 1 Common Sand, 4 Black Fronted Dotterels, 2 Rd Kneed Dotterels, 1
Osprey, 1 Whistling and 1 Brahminy Kite. The nesting log the White Breasted
Wood swallows have used since the early 80s is currently unoccupied, but had
a brood in Sept.. I wonder where the Grassbirds, Double barred Finches,
Warblers etc will go now? I don't think I will visit again and I was
probably the last private car to access the area - as I left the workmen
were installing concrete barriers on the road's edge to prevent access and
guide the traffic. It will still be 'walkable' I would think, but two dirt
roads have been pushed in to the lake's edge and it's not looking good. 
        On a brighter note - the Baillon's Crakes and Black Backed/Little
Bittern at Minnippi parklands were great and exploration of a conserved
marsh/swamp area up Lytton road helped lift the day.   

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