around the UQ lakes

To: "Scot Mcphee" <>
Subject: around the UQ lakes
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 09:18:25 +1000 (EST)
Thanks Scot,

Heartening information: now I'm wondering what the scale of this
population is and how they've managed to survive in that area: is it
perhaps because foxes are not active in the urban area surrounding the
university?  Too many roads? How many birds are in occupation, what's the
health of the population?  Wonder if anyone has any information on these

It seems quite remarkable that they're still about there: presumably new
birds flow into the area from time to time.  Don't know enough about the
mobility of Bush Stone-curlew at this stage.

I find it an interesting story especially when we compare the state of
Bush Stone-curlew populations in New South Wales.  I've only ever seen one
bird East of the range in about 1973, in a paddock near Freemans
Waterhole, west of Toronto.  Never a bird since.

> Hi Craig,
> Yes the Bush Stone-curlews are still there at the University. I've
> never seen them in the Great Court but they are usually seen near the
> car-parks down near Schonell drive.
> On 05/04/2007, at 12:24 AM,  wrote:
>> Hi Scot and all,
>> I have very fond memories of the grounds at the University of
>> Queensland
>> in St Lucia, Brisbane from the mid 1990s and I'm curious as to
>> whether you
>> have spotted any Bush Stone-curlew around the uni.  I often
>> wandered past
>> a curlew or two late in the night there around 10 years back
>> (usually they
>> were hanging around the Great Court).  I was stunned the first time I
>> heard these birds calling - I was resident in the Taringa area -
>> and the
>> sound is something I'll never forget.
>> It would be great news to hear that they're still frequenting the
>> grounds:
>> amazing thing to hear, really, in an city environment.


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