Brisbane-area advice for a South African visitor

To: David Adams <>
Subject: Brisbane-area advice for a South African visitor
From: Chris <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:16:23 +1000
Hi David,

I actually put together a site guide for Brisbane a while back. It doesn't have 
everything (ie. Dowse Lagoon has become popular again since I wrote this), but 
it has many of the iconic spots.


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On 30/06/2013, at 8:55 AM, David Adams <> wrote:

> I've been corresponding with a South African birder that is planning a
> first visit to Australia and is looking for some advice. This man literally
> wrote the book on South Africa's little brown birds and is a keen and
> qualified birder. He's traveling with his wife and 8-month old baby to
> visit his brother in Brisbane. I've already given him some advice on apps
> and field guides and he's been going through the new T&T and studying up on
> our birds.
> Can anyone that knows the Brisbane area well offer suggestions on good
> spots in your area? I've recommended a few but figured it would be better
> to ask the list. Given there isn't a site guide for Brisbane, comments to
> the whole list for the archives would also serve future visitors well .
> Private replies are also okay, of course.
> Here's a bit more info from Faansie:
> So I've been reading in that guide [the new T&T] about some of the sites
> and checking them out in Google Earth. However, as you also said, we
> will have a 8-month old baby with us, so we won't be able to bird
> non-stop and in difficult forested habitats for too long. I think it
> would perhaps be wise to concentrate on sites that are relatively easy
> in terms of access and facilities and birds, and perhaps also focus on
> grassland, water and more open woodland sites rather than rainforest.
> That being said, I will never forgive myself if we didn't at least try
> one or two sites for lyrebirds, pittas, catbirds, riflebirds etc. I
> think it is also easy to bite off too much, and underestimate the size
> of Australia! We will probably concentrate on the area within, say,
> 300-400 km of Brisbane and rather work that properly. Given the
> information above, do any sites come to mind?
> Thanks for any suggestions, I'll forward them all along.
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