SW Qld and the floods.

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: SW Qld and the floods.
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 19:19:51 +1000
Hi all,

Members of this forum and birdwatchers in general who are familiar, or would like to be familiar, with that part of Queensland which is currently experiencing the greatest floods for, in some cases, over 100 years must surely be watching this event with a mixture of compassion and great anticipation. Over the past 35 years I have visited towns and locations such as St George, Bollon , Charleville, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Hungerford, Lake Bindegolly, Currawinya NP many times both for work and play. My heart goes out to the people of that area knowing what trials and travails they are being put through just now. But my heart also speeds up and pumps harder knowing what the results of this tremendous inundation will bring that will benefit that part of Queensland and other parts of Australia. Later this year that part of Queensland should explode in a cascade of colour as the wildflowers burst forth to create a spectacle which will leave the fabled wildflower scenes of Western Australia for dead!
You don't believe me? Go take a look!
I have had the privileged experience of being in that 'country' when the wildflowers were at their best - a long time ago, yes, but, believe me, I have never seen such colours and scenes elsewhere in this most awesome of countries.
Queenslanders, WA is great but SW Qld is the best is just 
down the road.

I, for one, am already planning to visit SW Qld later this year. It has been a long time since I saw Lake Bindegolly and the lakes of Currawinya NP full and I pine to see that spectacle again. I can imagine myself going 'troppo' photographing the vast variety of tiny wild flowers and I might even indulge in a fantasy I have long had - strolling naked through a vast sea of pure white everlasting daisies. I hasten to advise that anyone taking the trip to there on the off chance that they might witness that event should think twice - my ego would be severely chastened knowing that no one was looking at me. Seriously, I suggest that as many of us as possible make the journey to SW Qld later this year to see what nature can produce and also to spend some of our ill-gotten gains there for the benefit of the long suffering locals. You never know, there might also be masses of birds. The last time I saw Lake Bindegolly full I gave up counting the Hoary-headed Grebes at two thousand. And Freckled Ducks............well.......

I am breathless in anticipation.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point


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