I was a little unnerved by this potrait painted of Brisbane as a city
overrun by Crows, Silver Gulls and Ibis. Yes, we do have a lot of those
birds, which Australian urban centre does not, but birding within
Brisbane's city limits can be a very rewarding undertaking.
There are Mangrove Gerygones along the Brisbane River at the UQ St
Lucia campus and within short walking distance is the Tarcoola Track a
most productive stretch (best in the mornings) of revegetated river
front between UQ and the Golf Course, good for woodland birds, and a
favourite spot for Pacific Baza.
The UQ lakes can have their moments, I think there was a recent BA
discussion on this, but some good birds last year were Black-winged
Stilts and Nankeen Night-heron. Jacana used to be regular, but no
The nearby rainforest patch has never produced anything for me though,
probably less when so with an Ed Kuepper solo in the background.
And sorry to say Michael, that while you were sitting at Darwin's cafe
you where literally metres from one of the Bush Stone-curlews fav hang-
outs, the car park slightly to your east. Incidentally, before that
area which is now Darwins was a courtyard, it was a garden, which was
home to a Buff-banded Rail for a large part of last year.
Anyone visiting UQ for a conference is welcome to drop me a line and
I'm happy to point out some of the residents.
In defence of wonderful Brisneyland, Pete Kyne
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