Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hi All,

Upcoming outings for this month:

May 6th Pelagic has been moved to May 13th. Contact Greg Roberts:

Saturday May 13th: 8.00 am @ Dunethin Rock Reserve. Leaders, John Kooistra/Vince Lee
Directions: Turn onto Pearce Drive from Yandina-Bli-Bli Rd. Follow Pearce Drive to Lake Dunethin Rd and park near the river. Bring a chair, morning tea & mossie spray.

Wednesday May 17th: 8.00am @ Eumundi Conservation Park. Leader, Russ Lamb.
Directions: Turn into Seib Rd from Eumundi-Noosa Rd, follow for approx.1.2 km before turning left into Verrierdale Forest Rd. Park at end of road, near entrance. Bring a chair and morning tea. There are no toilet facilites here. Closest place is Eumundi.

John Kooistra

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Wappa Dam outing is actually this coming Wednesday 19th April. Have changed the date (from 19th May) in the previous post. Apologies to all.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hi All,

Next mid-week outing is on Wednesday 19th April at Wappa Dam, Kiamba. Meet at 7.00 am in the lower carpark at Wappa Park next to the lake. Bring a chair, we will have morning tea & bird call after the walk. Leaders Vince Lee & John Kooistra.  

John Kooistra | acting Local Branch Convenor                 
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103         |                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Ph: 54762550

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Outing 11th March

Hello all
The March Saturday outing is coming very soon.
Please note that the date of the Toorbul outing has been changed from the 18th to the 11th. The reason for the change is the suitability of the tide. On the 11th the high tide is expected at 9-20am.
So, we will meet at 7am at the southern end of the Toorbul esplanade on the 11th of March. Ken Cross and perhaps others will lead the walk. Obviously the focus will be on migratory waders however there are good bush birds and, at the other end of the esplanade, there are a few decent mangrove species. Please remember to stop and check out the wetland [dryland] on the way into the Toorbul area.  
As stated the high tide is expected at 9-20am so an arrival time at 7 allows for a couple of hours observing the birds as they are pushed higher by the rising tide.
It should be possible to have a rush around to Bribie to see what species are roosting at Kakadu Beach as usually there is some contrast between the species at the different sites.
As usual please bring your own chair, cuppa, drinking water, hat, sunscreen etc. And cameras and bins [as in binoculars…]. Scopes are always useful at wader sites, too!
Cheers for now,


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017 Outings

January 7, 2017 – pelagic               Contact Greg Roberts   -
January 18 – Wednesday Outing – Bli Bli + Finland Road   Leader – Vince Lee
February 4th Saturday Outing – Maleny Golf Course Walk    Leader – Ken Cross
February 15th Wednesday Outing – Kings Beach and Rock Platform; extension to Golden Beach for waders and terns                              Leader – John Kooistra
March 5, 2017 – pelagic                  Contact Greg Roberts   -
March 11th Saturday Outing – Toorbul             Leader – Ken Cross
March 22nd Wednesday Outing – Gheerulla Falls, Mapleton Leader – John Kooistra
April 1st Saturday Outing – Mount Tibrogargan, Beerburrum (from Matthews Flinders Park, Steve Irwin Way)   Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee / John Malings
April 19th Wednesday Outing – Wappa Dam  - Leader - Vince Lee
May 6 – Pelagic                                  Contact Greg Roberts   -
May 13 – Saturday Outing – Dunethin Rock Reserve   Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee
May 17 – Wednesday Outing –  Eumundi Conservation Park, off Seib Rd, Eumundi  Leader – Russ Lamb
June 3 – Saturday Outing –  Scarffe Road Reserve            Leader – John Birbeck
June 14 – Wednesday Outing – Martin Wright Nature Walk (south side of Baroon Pocket Dam] - Leader - John Malings
July 1 – Pelagic                                       Contact Greg Roberts   -
July 7, 8, 9 – Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour   Contact Robyn Combes
July 15 – Saturday Outing – Ferntree National Park. Near Nambour   Leader – Ken Cross / Vince Lee [July 16 – BEGINNERS WALK - invite beginners from Garden expo]     Leader – Ken Cross / Vince Lee
July 26 – Wednesday Outing – Ben Bennett Botanical Park, Caloundra (Sugarbag Rd entrance) – Leader – John Kooistra / Vince Lee
August 5 - Saturday Outing – Sheep Station Creek, Caboolture    - Leader – Ken Cross & Russ Lamb
August 16 – Wednesday Outing – Maroochy Botanical Gardens                  Leader – Vince Lee
September 2 – Pelagic                             Contact Greg Roberts   -
September 9 – Saturday Outing – Charlie Moreland [Camp Out]            Leader – Ken Cross
September 13 – Wednesday Outing – Park Lakes, Bli Bli   Leader – Vince Lee
October 7 – Saturday Outing – All day twitch – various locations          Leaders – Steve Popple + others
October 18 – Wednesday Outing – Toorbul                Leader – John Kooistra
November 4 – Pelagic                           Contact Greg Roberts   -
November 11 - Saturday Outing – Gheerulla Falls track, Mapleton Leader – Ken Cross
November 15 – Wednesday Outing – birding around Maroochydore                    Leader - TBA
December 2 - Saturday Outing – Bli Bli + Finland Road + BBQ breakfast          Leader – Ken Cross

Charlie Moreland – September 9th
Weekend Aways
Esk  - August 12 & 13
Tin Can Bay –  November 25 & 26

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All Sunday outings commence at 8am.  Friday morning’s guest speakers will form part of the Friday Environment Forum (on the given days).  A quarterly meeting will be held at the Environment Centre to deal with bird-related matters.  All members are welcome to attend.

An Interpretive Birding Walk takes place every Friday before the Friday Environment Forum.  Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville beside the Library at 8:30am.

Tuesday 7th February
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Friday 17th February
Speaker Greg Czechura Research Author Qld Muesum

‘The Role of Raptors in the Environment’
Sunday 19th March
Outing West Cooroy private property
Meet at 250 Happy Jack Creek Road West Cooroy. Hazel and Don Ross will be our hosts.
Friday 21st
Speakers Anna Fearnley
‘Albert Lyrebirds: To be or not to be? What is the answer?’
Tuesday 2nd May
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Sunday 21st
Outing Duke Road Doonan private property
Meet at 152 Duke Road Doonan. Katia Lyon will be our hostess
Friday 16th June
Professor Darryl Jones
‘Clever Corvids: are they really that smart?’
Sunday 16th
Outing Peregian Springs
Conservation area
Meet at The Avenue Duck Ponds, Peregian Springs. The park has off road parking, toilets and shelter.
Tuesday 1st
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Friday 18th
Speaker Adrian Caneris
‘Wild sex - Why Birds don't use dating apps.’
Sunday 17th
Outing Noosa Bird Trail 2
Numby Lane Yurol SF
Meet at car park opposite Pomona State School Station Street Pomona.
Friday 21st
Speaker Robyn Howard
‘Nesting – the costs and infinite variety’
Tuesday 14th
Bird Observers meeting
9am at the Environment Centre
Maleny Wetlands
Details to be advised


Coordinator Valda McLean
Phone: 5476 2123 or Email:

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Final Outing 2016

Hi all,
This Saturday is our final outing and get-together for 2016 and I hope to see many there. We will meet at the Mapleton Lilyponds before car pooling for a bird walk.
Saturday outing – December 3 2016  - Final outing!
Meet at 7am – Mapleton National Park & BBQ Brunch    Leader - Ken Cross 
Meet at the Lilyponds at Mapleton before a drive to a chosen Mapleton site for a walk. Return to the Lilyponds for a birdcall and BBQ brunch. Please BYO – brekky to BBQ + cuppa + chair.

Ciao for now and good birding,
Ken Cross | Local Branch Convenor                       
Sunshine Coast Branch
BirdLife Southern Queensland
PO Box 375                                       
Annerley QLD 4103         |                   
ABN 75 149 124 774                           
birds are in our nature
Tel: 0754457881

Saturday, 15 October 2016

October Mid Week Walk

This Wednesday the mid week walk is to be held at Maroochydore Wetlands Sanctuary at Bli Bli. Please meet at the education centre at 8am. The walk will be led by John Malings or Vince Lee. The sanctuary hosts a good variety of species including specialities such as Mangrove Gerygone and perhaps the highly sought after Lewin’s Rail. It may well be worth a quick visit to Park Lakes as there has been a recent report that the wetlands are beginning to be restored.
Cheers and good birding