SW Qld and the floods.

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: SW Qld and the floods.
From: "Cas and Lisa Liber" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:44:37 +1100
Question is, how long would you give it? Best in spring or sooner? I was
wondering about this myself...

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Alan McBride
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 8:48 PM
To: Robert Inglis
Cc: Birding-Aus
Subject: SW Qld and the floods.

Well said Bob


On 05/03/2010, at 20:19 , Robert Inglis wrote:

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
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
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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