Massed Honeyeaters, Atherton Tabkelands

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Subject: Massed Honeyeaters, Atherton Tabkelands
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 09:12:46 +1000

At Pelican Point near the Tinaroo township there were seven species of honeyeater in a group of three Grevilleas:- Scarlet, Brown, Yellow-faced, White-throated, White-cheeked, Lewins and Yellow. Only two pelicans and few water birds. These Grevilleas were planted by my wife and I about 12 years ago. The Pelican Point peninsula was partially planted as a revegetation project with a variety of plant communities and planting styles from 1991 to 1996. We involved many community groups, two shire councils and numerous government agencies. Bird species have gone from 58 to >160 with only the Pacific Heron dropping off the records. Cranes do not utilise the open grassed areas like they used to. This is presumed to be because Sunwater, that pretend business owned by the state, is only interested in selling water and not in making money from hay production. The development of a thick layer of dead grass is not only impeding the growth of grasses and probably reducing the suitability for quail but poses a fire risk in the dry season. When controlled by the forestry department the hay was harvested twice a year from separate areas at different times so that their was always some long grass habitat. Despite this lack of management I am very proud of what has been achieved at this place.

Alan Gillanders

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