around the UQ lakes

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Subject: around the UQ lakes
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 14:46:38 +1000
Stone Curlews are doing exceptionally well in Brisbane as far as I can tell. Driving night shift in a cab for many years until recently, they were a regular sight around the city, mainly on the north side. This include new housing estates in suburbs such as Macdowall where they would often be seen on front lawns and median strips along with Masked Lapwings.

It seems they prefer well lit areas and I suspect that's why they've managed to thrive in spite of the numerous cats and foxes. They're also in the inner city, in Wickham and Albert Parks (I've spotted them crossing Wickham Terrace, a six-lane road!) as well as the Botanical Gardens. In St Lucia, where I live, they are quite tame at the UQ grounds and can be approached (carefully) to within a metre. However, as another regular in the area I'm totally amazed at the report of up to 20 Spotless Crakes at the lakes - I will check that out post-haste.

Which will, happily, get me out in the field. Forgive me, but it's hard to remember the last time there's been so much rubbish on birding-aus as there seems to be presently - thankfully, it's the Easter long weekend, so hopefully everyone will come back with trip reports and stop arguing the finer points of grammar, political bandwagoneering, carbon-neutral twitchathons, one-line posts, etc etc...

Andrew ===============================

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