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Prince Henry Drive

Regent Bowerbird – Sericulus chrysocephalus (female) Photo: Scot McPhie

Today’s excursion at Prince Henry Drive was rescheduled from destinations proposed earlier, which proved unworkable at this time. As always, we enjoyed easy birding with the advantage of being able to look down on some tree tops.

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2024 Parks Week JE Duggan Park Bushland Reserve Open Day

Sharon Warne at the BSQDD stand

Saturday the 9th of March 2024 was the Parks Week Open Day – this time at Duggan Park.

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Lake Broadwater

Sacred kingfisher – Todiramphus sanctus Photo: Howard Ward

Braving dense fog (in Toowoomba) and hordes of mosquitoes on site, 11 birders visited Lake Broadwater (via Dalby) early on 10 February for the fourth excursion to this conservation park by BirdLife’s Darling Downs group.

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Report on LUCI Bird Project 2021 to 2023

In 2020, Lockyer Uplands Catchments Incorporated (LUCI) started a project to survey birds on properties of its members living in the upper (western) part of the Lockyer Creek catchment, South-East Queensland. The project aligned with LUCI’s strategic vision “to improve native
habitat connectivity across private and public tenures in our local landscape” and LUCI’s three objectives: raising awareness of natural systems; encouraging better land management options; and improving environmental outcomes.

Surveys were carried out by Birdlife Southern Queensland Darling Downs Branch together with the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club. This is a report on the project after the survey activities from 2021 to 2023

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Geham NP

Leaden flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) – adult and juvenile – Photo: Tony Bond

Maintaining something of a tradition for first excursion of the year, our local BirdLife group (8 participants) today visited Geham National Park.

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Bunya Mountains KBA

Green catbird – Ailuroedus crassirostris Photo: Ann Alcock

Once again we finished the year with a great weekend in the Bunya Mountains completing surveys for the Key Biodiversity Area programme.

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Lockyer Uplands Private Property #4

Leaden Flycatcher – Myiagra rubecula – Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Our fourth joint activity in 2023 with Toowoomba Bird Observers club, for the bird survey of private properties of members of Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc., was planned for an early start in case of hot weather. As it turned out, we had overcast conditions all day with low cloud, mist and periods of light rain!

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Jondaryan and surrounds

Variegated Fairywren Malurus lamberti Photo: Scot McPhie

Our team of four observers enjoyed a relaxing time observing the birds of the Jondaryan area on a mild to warm, windy morning.

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Myall Park Botanic Gardens and Surrounds

Spotted bowerbird Chlamydera maculata Photo: Roger Jaensch

Over the King’s birthday long weekend five of us stayed at the Myall Park Botanic Gardens and did surveys there and in surrounding areas of importance.

All up it was a fantastic long weekend with some really great birding!

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Upper Redwood Park

Lewin’s Honeyeaters Meliphaga lewinii Photo: Mitchell Roberts

Having spent a lot of time in Redwood Park in 2020 and early 2021 to do our study of the birdlife of the park, it was fun to revisit some of those sites.