Hi from Brisbane

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Andy
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Hi from Brisbane

Hello everyone. I was really pleased recently to discover this awesome website. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the great posts from such lovely birdy people.

I live in Brisbane and was wondering if anyone could recommend some good birdwatching sites. The Brisbane City Council's website lists natural areas including Karawatha Forest, Boondall Wetlands, Chermside Hills Reserve, and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands. I was wondering if anyone could comment on these places or recommend any others.

I love seeing any birds in their natural habitat, but would be especially keen to see yellow- and red-tailed black cockatoos, glossy black cockatoos, lorikeets other than rainbow and scaly-breasted, and any species of finch. It would be much appreciated if anyone could suggest any places at which I might see any of these birds.

Thanks everyone,
Andy.

stevehapp
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Hi Andy,
Just welcoming you to the forum, I am a noob myself, but hey.. woot.
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Sorry I have no idea about birdwatching resources around queensland . How about Tamborine Mountain? That is the only place i know.. :)

Andy
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Thanks Steve! I had forgotten about Tamborine Mountain. I recently found an extensive list of birding places in Brisbane, complete with directions and street directory references. I might mention it elswhere on the forum for the interest of other Brisbane people.

What is "woot"?

Andy.

stevehapp
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ha ha woot is geek talk for whoopee, yahoo, etc..
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Glad you found some resources. I have been to Tamborine mountain years ago, and i remember it as being pretty nice..

bushanwater
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I'm not a Brissy boy myself but have been there a bit over the years. Try going to the Brisbane Forest Park info centre(walkabout creek) at the Enogera resevour and they will be able to help you. Also recommend Daisy Hill if your on the South Side. No promises but I enjoyed them. Walkabout Creek is a great little zoo to take the kids to as well as yourself. A couple of dollars well spent. Enjoy.

See Yez
Trev

Gelmir
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G'day Andy, and welcome to the forum.
I'm not sure about QLD, but here in Sydney, I've found that Scaley-breasted Lorikeets, and Musk Lorikeets can be found easily by locating groups of Rainbow Lorikeets. Apparently they dont mind each other. However, I have only seen then together when they've been eating in the very tops of the Eucalypts, so take along a pair of binoculars as ID'ing them is rather hard without a pair.

Andy
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Thanks Bushanwater and Gelmir. Bushanwater, I live close-ish to Brisbane Forest Park and have been planning a trip there.

Gelmir, I frequently see scaly-breasted lorikeets among the rainbow lorikeets, but am yet to see a musk lorikeet. However, I read today that musk lorikeets have been seen at an area that I visit, so I'll have to take along some binoculars. I'll pay lots of attention to the tops of the eucalypts. Thanks for the tip.

I'm going to Toowoomba this weekend and can't wait to see some new birds. Yey!

Gelmir
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Hope the weather is good for you.

Sarg
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Hey Andy,

Spotted a black Cocky out near my place while driving. Must be a few around the area as I seen 2 flying a few weeks back. I'll have to do more investigating I think.

Andrew

Andy
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Thanks Sarg, I'll have a look around next time I'm out that way.

Lois
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Hi, some good birdwatching sites I have found in Brisbane are:
Bungawarra Reserve (end of Bald Hills Rd Bald Hills);
Definitely Tinchi Tamba - great mix of sea birds and forest birds; Sargents Reserve at Petrie - fantastic walking path along the river and lots of birds such as wrens, finches, various honeyeaters. Go for a drive to Mt Glorious - there are lots of rainforest birds there. It is a lovely drive as well.

Andy
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Hi Lois,

Thanks for that advice. I'd never heard of Sargent's Reserve at Petrie. It sounds great. I've never seen finches so hopefully I can see some there. Actually I must have seen a finch once - I've put a tick next to a finch in one of my bird books. I think I was about 10 years old at the time.

Andy.

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