Gatton birding

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Subject: Gatton birding
From: David Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 22:20:13 +1000
I visited the grounds of the University of Queensland campus at Gatton yesterday, checking out the lake there. I was interested to see a dramatic decline in bird numbers since I last visited about three months ago. On that occasion there were literally thousands of Plumed-Whistling Ducks, a few wandering Whistling Ducks, hundreds of Pied Geese and Pink-eared Ducks as well as various other water birds and waterfowl of various species. It was literally teaming with birds,

In stark contrast yesterday there was not a Pied Goose in sight, and perhaps just a hundred or so Plumed Whistling Ducks. Not a cormorant, heron, ibis or egret to be seen, and small numbers of Duck,( Grey Teal, Black Duck and Woodies ). There was however about a hundred Pink-eared Ducks in the far rear of the lake. A few Black-winged Stilts, Black-fronted Dotterals, Masked Lapwings, a lone Coot, Purple Swamphens and Dusky Moorhens were about all else around.

Its always fascinating as to how bird numbers fluctuate at a particular site. Certainly whilst the water level appeared down a little there was still plenty of water in the lake.

The grounds are always good for Red-rumped Parrots, and I saw a flock of about 30. Two Whistling Kites perched on a tree, and pretty Yellow- rumped Thornbills were about.

David Taylor
Brisbane ===============================

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