Bribie notes and Snow Leopards

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Subject: Bribie notes and Snow Leopards
From: Trevor Ford <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:11:07 +1000

(Bribie Island = 70km north of Brisbane, Qld ..... 50km if you're a crow.) The rain over the past few weeks (months?) has seen Bribie's lagoons full-to-brimming, and therefore not many muddy margins. Many waders have departed but some of those that linger are in full breeding plumage. Jacanas have bred at Buckley's Hole, a couple of Double-banded Plovers have returned to Kakadu Beach and a Beach Stone-curlew (or two?) appears occasionally at favoured haunts. I have yet to see any interesting seabirds offshore this year.

Many folk have asked me for a trip report on my recent jaunt to see Snow Leopard, Giant Panda and California Ground Squirrel (all "under the belt"). I've been incredibly busy since my return but will make it available on my website as and when. Apologies if this website has not been updated for a while - I'm currently sorting out a little glitch with my ISP.

I must make a comment about the recent publication I wrote for BIEPA (Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association) entitled "Bribie Birds". Note that I have no financial interest in this book but I do have some pride. To quote from BIEPA's website: "Bribie Birds is an A5 size, 80 page book with over 50 colour photographs (with checklist) of all birds observed on Bribie Island ..." To quote from the Bribie Magazine - 2012 Holiday Guide: "It lists 150 of the most commonly encountered species of birds on Bribie, accompanied by a wonderful collection of photographs ..."

I have no idea who writes this stuff - obviously someone who can't be bothered to look at the book - and it does the publication a great disservice. If I read and believed such descriptions I would certainly not consider purchasing a copy. The truth is that the book features 150 colour photographs of the most commonly encountered species on the island (plus other photographs of both birds and habitat) and an annotated checklist of the 326 bird species known to have occurred on the island up to the beginning of 2011 (one additional species has since been added to the list). Also described are habitat types and birdwatching areas.

Cheers - Trevor Ford.

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