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May 2017

  • Wednesday 17th May : 7.00pm : Tableland BirdLife NQ Meeting at Malanda Hotel (Please note the date change)

    Golo Maurer and Graham Harrington will be presenting on Key Biodiversity Areas. Dinner is available from the hotel from 6pm at own cost.

    Contact : Peter Valentine Email or Phone 4096 6171

  • Saturday 27th May : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    9:00 hrs – 11:00 Cattana Wetlands. Meet at BirdLife Info Board just inside the wetlands.

    What’s that bird? Bird ID activities for all ages.
    Bring Binos, Hat, Water, Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent, a bird book if you have it.

    RSVP Patrick DeGeest Email or 0439 817 214
    Please register your attendance by the Friday before.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/

  • Saturday 27th May : 7.30pm : Cairns BirdLife NQ Meeting

    Venue: Cominos House, Greenslopes St. Cairns

    Short presentations by Birdlife Members.

    Scheduled speakers:
  • Secret Life of Great-billed Heron - Murray Hunt
  • Birding in Africa - Tina Redmond
  • Night Birds feeding on Katydids - Hidetoshi (Mikey) Kudo
  • Birding in Japan - Hoshi Zemek & his little sister Biwa (our youngest presenters)
  • Feathered Stowaways on Boats - Tom Collis
  • It is time to bring out some of those great photographs and birding tales and share them with other members. Members are invited to put together a short (max 15 minute) presentation to share on the night. We are aiming for six presentations (and possibly more if the interest is there). If you wish to participate contact Tom Collis.

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

June 2017

  • 10th June - 1st July : VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR CARPENTARIAN GRASSWREN SURVEY

    When - from 10th June -1st July with a possible extension to July 8. You can arrive any weekend and stay for not less than a week.

    Where - from Mount Isa to Lawn Hill to China Wall and Borroloolla. Camp as you go in beautiful country.

    Cost - Fuel & food. We hope to subsidise the fuel.

    Aim - to complete the 2016 survey and establish wether the indication of four seperate populations (one now extinct) is real. Planning a recovery strategy will be much more likely to succeed if it is a single population.

    More info - Graham Harrington, Birdlife North Queensland Group, 07 4096 5051 ; 0448 055 077; or best Email

  • Saturday 24th June : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    Beach Scouring - Machan's Beach, end of Cinderella Street by Barron River

    Please register your attendance by the Friday before.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

July 2017

  • Thursday 13th July : 7.30pm : Tableland BirdLife NQ Meeting at Malanda Hotel

    Speaker to be confirmed.

    Contact : Peter Valentine Email or Phone 4096 6171

  • Saturday 15th July : 7.30pm : Cairns BirdLife NQ Family Trivia Night

    Venue: Cominos House, Greenslopes St. Cairns

    Come along for a fun night testing your knowledge of all things relating to birds.

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

August 2017

Archive Year 2017

April 2017

  • Saturday 29th April : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    10am - Davies Creek National Park near Mareeba

    Exploring Davies Creek and water play
    Please register your attendance by the Friday before.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • 22 - 25th April : Cooktown-Shiptons Flat Outing

    Based at Lions Den Hotel, Helenvale (camping and dongas available) visiting sites in northern end of Wet Tropics, plus coastal sites (actual sites to be visited are weather dependent). Will finish off with a breakfast cruise on upper reaches of Endeavour River out of Cooktown on 25th April (bookings essential for cruise, $50pp).

    Contact : Kath Shurcliff Email or 07 4069 6595

  • Saturday 8th April : 7.30pm : Cairns BirdLife NQ Meeting

    Venue: Cominos House, Greenslopes St. Cairns

    Special presentation by Dr Ray Pierce on "Conservation Research in the South Pacific for managing endangered Prosobonia (Tuamotu Sandpiper), Ground Doves and Seabirds"

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

March 2017

  • Saturday 25th March : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    4.30pm - Meet at the viewing platform north of the lagoon.

    Farewell Shorebirds
    Please register your attendance by the Friday before.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Saturday 25th March : Wave the Waders Goodbye

    3pm - Shorebird Identification Workshop (refresh your skills or learn new ones)

    Venue: Meeting Room 1 at the Cairns City Library

    4.30pm - 5.30pm Viewing of shorebirds on the Cairns Esplanade - Meet on the viewing platform north of the lagoon. We will be joined by the Stickybeaks group for this session. Cairns Birders also invited to attend.

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

  • Sunday 12th March : Birding Warina Lakes (Innisfail)

    7am : Car park in Park St, at corner of Emily and Charles St, Innisfail

    Suitable for beginners. Meet at main shelter shed. Birding for about 2 hours. Bring binoculars, a raincoat/umbrella and morning tea.

    Contact : Ceri Pearce Phone: 0488131581 or Sandra Christensen 0448845842

  • Saturday 11th March : Birding at Seamark Road (Between Millaa Millaa and Malanda)

    7am : Meet at Jagan Hall, about 6km from Malanda on the Malanda to Millaa Millaa main road. We are invited to go birding around Graham Harrington's place. We might see Crimson Rosellas! Bring morning tea.

    Contact : Graham Harrington 0448 055 077 or Email

  • Friday 10th March : AGM

    7pm : Malanda Hotel

    Followed at 7.30pm by a presentation by: Prof Steve Turton on "Climate change and human activities: evidence and implications for Far North Queensland"

    Dinner available from 6pm at your own cost

    Contact : Peter Valentine Email

February 2017

  • Saturday 25th February : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    3pm - Meet at Centenary Lakes Chinese Pagoda

    Nature Photo comp
    Please register your attendance by the Friday before.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Sunday 12th February : Birding Warina Lakes (Innisfail)

    7am : Car park in Park St, at corner of Emily and Charles St, Innisfail

    Suitable for beginners. Meet at main shelter shed. Birding for about 2 hours. Bring morning tea.

    Contact : Ceri Pearce Phone: 0488131581 or Sandra Christensen 0448845842

January 2017

  • 26th - 29th January : Australia Day and Weekend Activities

    Thursday, January 26
    7:00am – Birding at Lake Eacham
    10:00am – Field Survey Techniques Workshop at 75 Figtree Close, Malanda
    2:00pm – Cliff and Dawn's Personal Library Book Sale at Pei Road, Topaz (see this link for more information)
    7:00pm – Dinner at Malanda Hotel

    Friday, January 27
    7:00am – Birding at Springvale Road, Wondecla
    Come and try out your new field survey skills!
    10:00am – Birding at Hasties Swamp and / or Lake Eacham
    7:00pm – Dinner at Malanda Hotel
    8:00pm – Meet at Malanda Hotel for spotlighting activity

    Saturday, January 28
    7:00am – Rainforest birding at Lake Barrine, Cathedral Fig, and Danbulla State Forest circuit to Tinaroo Dam with a picnic lunch
    Another opportunity to hone your field survey skills!
    7:00pm – Dinner at Malanda Hotel

    Sunday, January 29
    Return home or orgainse your own fun activities on the Tablelands
  • Thursday 26th January : Birding and Books; basement prices for fine books

    2pm - 5pm : Cliff and Dawn Frith, Malanda.

    As part of BLNQ birding Australia Day, we will visit Cliff and Dawn Frith's place to enjoy birds and to take part in Cliff's major reduction sale of fine bird books. Further details contact : Peter Valentine Email

  • Saturday 28th January : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group

    10:00 hrs - 12:00 hrs - Barron Falls Meet at Barron Falls Car park, Kuranda

    Watch the waters listen for Paradise Kingfishers and collect seeds
    Bring Binos, Hat, Water, Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent and a little bag or basket.
    Stay on to have a pique-nique (or an ice-cream) by the fig tree playground and sift through the bounty of seeds collected

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

Archive Year 2016

December 2016

  • Saturday 17th December : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group - All welcome

    15:30 hrs - 18:30 hrs - Meet at Kewarra Beach BBQ Area and Playground

    Torres Imperial Pigeon Count and Christmas BBQ (no pigeons harmed) Bring BBQ foods and drinks Binos, Hat, Water, Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Thursday 8th December : 4pm : Member Christmas Party in Malanda

    (Please note that the date has been changed)

    RSVP essential

    Sam and Martin Willis’s House - plenty of birds to see.
    BYO Drinks and a plate to share/ BBQ facilities available.
    Look forward to seeing you all there.

    Contact : Martin Willis Email

  • 3-4th December : Challenge Count

    All areas

    Link for more details.

November 2016

  • Tuesday 29th November : 3.30pm : Weary Bay, Ayton/Bloomfield PIP count

    Meet at 3.30pm at Weary Bay windy-loo car park. Last year we counted over 10,000 birds travelling back to Hope Islands, so we need some more counters for what will be a busy evening! Please contact Kath for details.

    Contact: Kath Shurcliff at Email or phone 07 4069 6595

  • Saturday 26th November : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group

    7:30 hrs - 9:30 hrs - Meet at Kuranda Envirocare Nursery 284 Myola Rd, Kuranda

    Tree-planting with Kuranda Envirocare
    Bring sturdy shoes long pants, water and a hat, Morning Tea provided.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Saturday 26th November : 7.30pm for Talk on Pied Imperial Pigeons by Julia Hazel

    "Pied Imperial Pigeons: What happens when island specialist birds become urban pioneers?"

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill, Cairns

    The evening will start with the short documentary “Coming of the White Birds” about 50 years of conservation effort to protect Torres Strait Pigeons after breeding colonies were decimated by intensive shooting. Following the film Julia Hazel will talk about ongoing studies of these birds, now know as Torresian/Pied Imperial Pigeons, including a study of the unprecedented dense nesting aggregations in Cairns over recent years produced. She will share the unexpected results, the efforts to discover what might have prompted these birds to experiment with urban living, and what was happening concurrently at island breeding colonies. There will be time for discussion, especially seeking feedback from Birdlife members and friends about future directions for research.

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

  • Thursday 24th November : 6.30pm : Crane Count Event in Atherton

    Place : CSIRO ATHERTON (opposite the High School)

    You are invited to participate in a review of the 20 years of data, to which you have contributed as a crane counter OR you have expressed an interest. This event will mark the retirement of Virginia Simmonds as the Coordinator since 2009 when she took over the role from Elinor Scambler. Elinor was the moving force which started this long lived project.

    Tim Nevard will be participating in the interpretation of the data. Tim is currently doing a Ph.D. study on Sarus Cranes. Thursday 24th November 6.30pm in Atherton. Fingerfood and drinks will be served at 6.30pm.

    RSVP essential

    Please state dietary requirements and preference for fruit juice/soft drink/red wine/white wine (dry or sweet). Water will be available

    Contact : Graham Harrington 0448 055 077 or Email

  • Thursday 24th November : 4pm : Walker Bay, Cooktown PIP count

    Meet at northern end Walker Bay car park. We will count PIPs until 6pm and then have BBQ at Kath and Dave's place afterwards. Please contact Kath for details.

    Contact: Kath Shurcliff at Email or phone 07 4069 6595

  • Saturday 19th November : 4-6pm : 2016 PIP Count

    Any coastal area

    If you can’t participate on November 19th, don’t despair, you can do a PIP count on any afternoon November to January, and the more you can do, the better. Counts repeated at the same place each year are also valuable.

    Contact : Julia Hazel Email or 0407 431 382

  • 15-20th November : Bird surveys on Springvale station

    The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has approached the BirdLife NQ committee to undertake bird surveys on Springvale station, which was recently purchased by the state government.

    This property is about 20 kms east of Lakeland, on the Cooktown road. We are planning to start our surveys on 15-20 November, before the rains begin. We will be camping about a 1 hour drive from the homestead, in interesting country on the edge of the Wet Tropics, Cape York, and Einasleigh Uplands. This is the first survey session, and we will try to complete more before the end of the year, if the rains permit.

    If you are interested in participating in these surveys, and helping us understand more about our unique country beyond the Wet Tropics, please contact Kath Shurcliff at Email or phone 07 4069 6595

October 2016

  • 28th onward October : Bush Heritage Bird Survey of Yourka Station

    The bush Heritage Yourka weekend has been rescheduled for the weekend ginning Friday 28 October. Arrive anyday. Stay as long as you like. We intend to search the hills for Spotted Quail-thrush and survey a sub-sample of the monitoring plots. Please let Graham know when you are expecting to arrive.

    New faces welcome. You don't have to be a gun birdo. But you might be by the end of the survey! Contact me for instructions and advice. THe tracks are reasonable but your vehicle should have good clearance. Be prepared to camp. Here's to another enjoyable experience at Yourka!

    Contact : Graham Harrington 0448 055 077 or Email

  • 29-30th October : National Twitchathon : Please visit the special site : BirdLife Northern Queensland Twitchathon

    All areas

    Why not form a team and have some fun - you just might win one of several prizes on offer! And you will be helping to support conservation efforts to protect some of our vulnerable Queensland bird species at the same time!
    Everything you need to know to enter this Twitchathon is here, setting out the 3 different categories and the rules for each. Even if you do not enter, please consider supporting one of our teams by making a donation. Even a small donation such as 10 cents a species can help us reach our branch's target of raising $1000 for conservation efforts. Further details are in the following links.

  • Twitchathon 2016 - Rules and Registration
  • Twitchathon Flyer
  • Happy Twitching!

    Contact : Peter Valentine Email

  • Wednesday 26th October : 7.30pm : BirdLife Special Presentation by Chris Purnell

    Stratford Library, 11 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, Cairns

    Australia regularly plays host to 37 species of migratory shorebirds each summer. From the sparrow-sized Red-necked Stint to the Eastern Curlew, these birds fly up to 14,000 km each year to escape the northern winters and utilize the resource rich coasts and wetlands of Australia. Conservation of these transient populations relies on collaborations throughout their distribution. Join Chris Purnell from BirdLife Australia to hear more about the bizarre ecology of these species and how research is driving on-ground implementation of conservation actions throughout the East-Asian Australian flyway.

    Please join us to hear from Chris on Wednesday, 26 October, at 7.30 pm, at the Stratford Library, 11 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, Cairns. The library is near the Stratford shops, and there is plenty of parking available on the western side of the library. Tea and coffee will be provided. All are welcome - so come along with some friends to hear about our wonderful waders!

  • Saturday 22nd October : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group

    10:00 hrs - 12:00 hrs - Meet at Muddy’s Playground

    Birdweek Special: Great Aussie Backyard Bird Count in Cairns’ ‘Backyard’
    - NOTE There will be no Stickybeaks at the usual slot on the last Saturday of the month -

    Bring a mobile or tablet and download the Aussiebirdcount app here
    http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/#app
    or write it in your notebook and enter on the web later.
    Also bring your Binos and bird book.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Cancelled - Thursday 20th October : 7.30pm BirdLife Northern Queensland Meeting

  • 1-3rd October : Byerstown (Palmer River) long weekend

    1-3 October long weekend will be held in a new location for BirdLife NQ. It will be based at Palmer River roadhouse, and also visit locations in Byerstown. Maitland and Bonny Glen stations. This will give us an opportunity to visit watering points for some of the drier parts of our region. And who knows what will turn up - Gouldian Finches have been recorded from the Palmer River! More details closer to the date. The roadhouse has a number of accommodation options including cabins, dongas, powered and unpowered camping sites. There will be a BBQ on Saturday evening at the cost of $10 per head. Please make your own bookings at Palmer River Roadhouse (Link) or phone Karen & Andrew on 4060 2020.

    Contact : Lynette Ensor Email

    More details for long weekend :

    7am Saturday 1st October : Meet at Bonney Glenn Turnoff (Mulligan Highway) to explore Palmer River crossing and dam at Byerstown.
    Have morning tea and lunch at Lynette's place (bring your own food and drink, refrigeration is available).

    7pm Saturday 1st October : BBQ at the roadhouse $10/person.

    7am Sunday 2nd October : Meet at Bonney Glenn Turnoff (Mulligan Highway) to explore the Little Palmer River crossing and its surrounds. (Bring your own food and drink for morning tea and lunch).

    Monday 3rd October : Meet at Palmer River Roadhouse to explore the Palmer River crossing at the roadhouse.

September 2016

  • September : Bowerbird Bower surveys in Various areas

    To be determined (lower altitudes for Southern areas) Big Tableland, Shiptons Flat, Mt Windsor, Yarrabah, Graham Range

    Contact : Graham Harrington 0448 055 077 or Email

  • Saturday 24th September : BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group

    10:00 hrs - 12:00 hrs – Meet at Goomboora Park, Brinsmead, Car park

    Birding and Building Miniature Rafts for World Rivers Day
    Bring Binos, Hat, Water, Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent.
    Stay on to play on the playground or have a pique-nique

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/362094987191145/events/
    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

  • Saturday 3rd September : Crane Count (Call for Counters)

    Area : Malanda to Tinaroo

    Day Count activities :
    Contact Virginia for details. This activity is a great excuse to explore the back roads of the Tablelands. You may find yourself in places you have never been. You will be assigned an area to explore and count the cranes present. Keep your eyes open, there are platypus in the creeks as well as lots of other non-crane birds during the day!

    Afternoon Roost Count activities :
    Meet at Hastie's Swamp bird hide at 3pm for the usual pre count briefing and to meet your team and be assigned a roost area. Then its off to the roost area to count incoming cranes until nightfall. Take a hot drink and chair.

    Dinner:
    Meet at the Malanda Hotel, 7pm for dinner (at own cost) and be entertained, sharing your crane count experiences and count numbers with the crowd. After dinner there will be a special guest speaker, Graham Harrington, who will present on Kasanga Conservation Park in Zambia.

    Contact : Virginia Simmonds 07 4095 8302

  • Saturday 10th September : 7.30pm for Talk on Tooth-billed Bowerbirds by Graham Harrington and Amanda Freeman

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill, Cairns

    Contact : Graham Harrington 0448 055 077 or Email

August 2016

  • Thursday 18th August : 7.30pm for Talk - Darwin's contributions to ornithology - Speaker Dr Clifford Frith

    Malanda Pub, Dining Room

    Contact : Peter Valentine Email

  • 6-7th August : Tully Gorge National Park Camp Out: Birding in the Tully Gorge area

    Tully Gorge National Park camp ground

    The event brochure is available : Tully Gorge Campout event brochure
    Please note we are asking people to register likelihood of attending so we can reserve the right to postpone the event if the weather turns bad.

    Contact : Sandra Christensenen or Ceri Pearce 0488 131 581 or Email

July 2016

  • Saturday 23rd July : 7.30pm for Talk – Bird Quiz and talk by Mikey Kudo on Mangrove Discovery

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill, Cairns

    Contact : Tom Collis. Ph. 0401 783 795 or Email

  • Saturday 30th July : 3pm - 5 pm – BirdLife Australia Sticky Beaks Family Group

    Chinese Friendship Garden, Greenslopes St Cairns

    Collecting waterbird feathers for the feathermap of Australia.
    http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au/
    Meet at Chinese Friendship Garden, Greenslopes Road
    Bring Hat, sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent.
    Really keen kids could pick-up where we left off with the spotlighting last month and give the stripy possum another squeeze...

    RSVP to Golo : Mobile 0467 444 114 or Email

June 2016

  • Thursday 16th June : 7.30pm for Talk by Martin Willis – Knowing Your North Queensland Birds and where to find them

    Malanda Hotel

    Please click here for event brochure!

    Contact : Sam and Martin Willis Ph. 0412 642 141 Email

May 2016

  • 1st to 31st May 2016 : VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR GRASSWREN SURVEY

    Where? - Centred on Mount Isa south to Djarra and north to Lawn Hill and into NT.

    Who? – anyone who is fit enough to walk hills every day for up to four hours.

    We are looking for young people with good eyes and ears and experienced older people with 4WDs. Come out and to enjoy yourselves in a beautiful landscape with masses of birds. We will be camping as we go. We may be able to subsidise your expenses and arrange transport.
    The purpose of the survey is to see if these birds have recovered after the widespread fires in 2011 / 2012 and the subsequent drought.
    The aim is to cover the entire range of both species. Their ranges have a large overlap zone.

    Please send expressions of interest to:
    Graham Harrington 07 4096 5051 / 0437 794 836 or Email

  • Saturday 28th May 9.30am : Sticky Beaks Family Group

    A new monthly event specifically for families with children between 0-10 years old.
    For insurance reasons all children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Please register your attendance by the Friday before (see contact).
    Venue : Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk at the Cairns

    Contact : For more information and to register contact: Golo Maurer via Email or phone 0467 444 114

  • Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May - Birding Outing to Goshen Station and area

    BirdLife members Rob and Claire are hosting an outing to the station where they work, which is south of Mt Garnet.
    Birding and walks will be at Blencoe Falls area in Girringun National Park, Herbert River Falls and on Goshen station.

    Station facilities will be available, including showers and loos. Bring tents and food for a communal BBQ on Sat night.
    Cost will be $10 per person for the weekend.
    Bring all your own supplies as nearest shops are 90 kms away at Mt Garnet. Excellent drinking water is available.
    Swimming in the Herbert River.

    Directions to Goshen Station: leave Mt Garnet heading west on the Savannah Way, turn left after two kms down the Gunawarra Road.
    Goshen gate is 88 kms down this road (keep left on the only fork in the road) of which 65 kms is unsealed manageable in a full size sedan if the road is dry.
    Cashmere crossing over the Herbert can be blocked but unlikely mid-May.
    Some may wish to come or leave by the newly reopened Kirrama Range Road which is very scenic as it traverses several vegetation transition zones, a signed Kauri tree boardwalk and several informative boards down to the Kennedy Valley. Kennedy on the Bruce Highway is 90 kms from the Goshen Gate.

    Contacts: Rob and Clair - tel no 4097 1359, mobile: 0410 485 969

  • Saturday 14th May : 7am for Birdwatching in the Innisfail Area

    Meet at Shaws Corner, a park on the corner of the Palmerston and Bruce Highways, just north of Innisfail. This will be a tag along tour and include a number of local birding sites around Innisfail. Lunch will be at Etty Bay

    Contact : Ceri Pearce Ph: 0488 131 581 or Email

April 2016

  • 22nd - 23rd - 24th & 25th April : Birding the Atherton Area from BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

    Please make your bookings with the park well in advance to secure accommodation.

    Leader: Doug Herrington

    Arrive Friday afternoon 22nd
    Friday evening 5pm – BYO BBQ and welcome at the swimming pool gazebo
    (Bring your swimming togs!)

    Saturday 23rd Birding the Mt Baldy (full day)
    Full day travelling the 4x4 track through from Atherton to Herberton Prepare to take your tea, lunch and snacks with you. Saturday evening dinner at the Atherton Hotel (10% discount and a free drink voucher provided for those staying at Woodlands Big4 park)

    Sunday 24th visit Kaban and Springvale Road area (full day)
    Prepare and take your tea, lunch and snacks with you.

    Monday 25th visit Hasies Swamp, Wongabel State forest and Mt Hypipimy
    Half day planning to finish with lunch at Hypipimy

    We will be staying at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park 141 Herberton Road,
    Atherton. Phone 4091 1407
    Accommodation, camping, powered and unpowered caravan sites available.
    See www.woodlandscp.com.au for all details and costs.
    Please make your bookings with the park well in advance to secure accommodation.

    Please register your intent of attending the weekend with Doug Herrington at Email or by phoning 0418757288 (mob)

  • Saturday 30th April 11am - 2pm : Sticky Beaks Family Group

    A new monthly event specifically for families with children between 0-10 years old.
    For insurance reasons all children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Please register your attendance by the Friday before (see contact).
    Venue : Cattana Wetlands

    Contact : For more information and to register contact: Golo Maurer via Email or phone 0467 444 114

  • Saturday 9th April : 8am : Birding in Mareeba area

    Meet at Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre.

    Contact: Doug Herrington at Email or by phoning 0418757288 (mob)

  • Saturday 2nd April – 2pm : Wave the Waders Goodbye

    From 2pm, just south of Muddys there will be a stall where we will provide information about our waders about to leave our Cairns Esplanade for their annual migration north. Come and join us to learn about them, obtain useful guides, do some bird counts and have some fun. Prizes are also on offer.

    Venue: Cairns Esplanade
    Contact: Tom Collis at Email or 0401 783 795 for further details.

March 2016

  • Saturday 26th : Sticky Beaks Family Group

    A new monthly event specifically for families with children between 0-10 years old.
    For insurance reasons all children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Please register your attendance by the Friday before (see contact).
    Venue : Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary

    Contact : For more information and to register contact: Golo Maurer via Email or phone 0467 444 114

  • Friday 4th March : 7pm for AGM at Malanda Pub

    BirdLife NQ AGM followed by
    TALK: by P Valentine “Strategies for motivating personal birding”

    Contact: Kath Shurcliff at Email or phone 07 4069 6595

  • Saturday 5th March : Cancelled - Birding the Habitat Diversity of the Tablelands

    Due to the heavy rain, the birding activities scheduled for Saturday, 5 March has been cancelled.
    Please note that the AGM scheduled for 4th March will still be held.

    Meet at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, 345 Byrnes St, Mareeba

    Mareeba – Lamb Range – Tinaroo, with a late lunch at Fong On Bay Campground.
    The plan is to divide into small groups at each stop along the way and undertake a 20 minute /2ha survey. Each group will have at least one experienced birdo. Inexperienced people will be most welcome - indeed this activity is designed for everyone.
    This activity only requires you to walk a few hundred metres from your car at each stop. To limit the number of cars please try to car-pool.

    Contact: Graham Harrington 07 4096 5051 / 0437 794 836 or Email

  • Wave the Waders Good-bye, Cairns Esplanade
    POSTPONED : event to be rescheduled later in April - details to be announced

    Start time TBA

    Details to be advised

February 2016

  • Saturday 27th at 11am to 2pm : Sticky Beaks Family Group

    A new monthly event specifically for families with children between 0-10 years old. Watch the Honeyeaters take a dip and have a swim and a picnic at Davies Creek.
    For insurance reasons all children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Please register your attendance by the Friday before (see contact).
    Venue : Davies Creek

    Contact : For more information and to register contact: Golo Maurer via Email or phone 0467 444 114

January 2016

  • Saturday 30th at 10am to 1pm : Sticky Beaks Family Group

    BirdLife North Queensland is starting a new monthly event specifically for families with children between 0-10 years old. If you are looking for a way to juggle family life and nature discovery, this might just be it.

    What we hope to do:
    Get bird and outdoor loving kids and parents to meet once a month to learn and enjoy nature together in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere.
    For insurance reasons all children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Please register your attendance by the Friday before (see contact).
    Venue : Muddy’s Playground in Cairns

    Contact : For more information and to register contact: Golo Maurer via Email or phone 0467 444 114

  • Saturday 16th January : Meet 6.30am at Highlander Tavern for a visit to Mt Lewis

    Join me for lunch and drinks after at Highlander Tavern at 12 Noon

    Mt Lewis road is OPEN!
    Lets go see some Parrot-Finches!
    Meet Highlander Tavern at 6.30 am on Saturday for a morning walk along the Dam Track
    Lunch and drinks at the Highlander Tavern after 12 Noon!.
    Leader: Doug Herrington (mob 0418 757 288)

  • 22nd – 26th Jan 2016 or part thereof : Australia Day Weekend with Herrington and Del Richards

    Mt Carbine Caravan Park and surrounding area

    Arrive Friday afternoon 22nd Friday evening – BYO BBQ and welcome

    Saturday 23rd Birding the Brooklyn Conservancy area Prepare and take your tea, lunch and snacks with you. Dinner (at your own expense) at the Mt Carbine Pub followed by an open discussion (over drinks) about forthcoming events for the year. (Kath Shurcliff)

    Sunday 24th visit Maryfarms to observe the Australian Bustard and further explore the Brooklyn Conservancy area. Prepare and take your tea, lunch and snacks with you.

    We will be staying at Mt Carbine Caravan Park. (Ph 40943160) Accommodation, camping, powered and unpowered caravan sites available. See www.mtcarbine.com for all details and costs. Please make your bookings with the park well in advance to secure accommodation.

    Stay on till Monday to explore Julatten and Mt Lewis under your own steam

    Please register your intent of attending the weekend with Doug Herrington at Email or by phoning 0418757288 (mob)

    Contact : Join Doug and Del for a weekend birding including a visit to Brooklyn Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Hurricane Station Road and Mt Lewis. There is limited accommodation but plenty of camping and powered caravan sites.

    For further details contact Doug Herrington Ph: 0418757288 or Email

Archive Year 2015

December 2015

  • Challenge Bird Count 2015

    Webiste link: http://birdlife.org.au/get-involved/whats-on/challenge-count

    The 2015 Challenge Bird Count will be held on the 5-6 December and anyone is welcome to take part. All you have to do is get a few friends together and have a fun day, or spend an hour or two seeing how many species you can record in your area. If you would like to take part, read the Rules and, on the weekend itself, fill in the spreadsheet and ‘face sheet’ with additional detail of the day. Further information can be obtained from David Ap-Thomas on (03) 97876691 or via Email.

  • Christmas Party - Cancelled

November 2015

  • Wednesday 18th November : 9.30am - 4 pm : FNQ Beach Bird Secrets

    C4 Theatrette, 535 Porters Promenade, Mission Beach

    This FREE one day workshop is for everyone interested in shorebirds and their protection. Beginners and families are welcome!
    The workshop includes:

    • Presentations on the amazing adaptations of coastal birds
    • Advice on conservation actions for beach-nesting birds
    • A field trip to practice your newly learned coastal bird ID skills!
    • Goodie bag with a starter kit to join our nationwide monitoring and conservation effort

    New members signing up to BirdLife Australia on the day will receive a free Bird Book!
    WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars (if you have them), water bottle, sun-smart gear, sturdy shoes. Scopes will be on site.
    Lunch and refreshments will be provided

    PLEASE RSVP BY 16 NOVEMBER : Golo Maurer Email

  • 21st November - Pip Count at Mission Beach

    Contact: Trish Pontynen Email or 04 1773 5410 for more details and to register for the count and dinner.

    Details :
    1.30pm at C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation) meeting room at the Mission Beach Visitors Information Centre for showing of PIP video celebrating 50 years of counting the Torresian Imperial Pigeons, by the Thorsborne Trust. Followed by briefing for the afternoon's count.

    4.00pm - Counts commence at allocated beach sites near Mission Beach

    7.00pm - Dinner and summary of count results, venue to be advised near Mission Beach

  • Sunday 22nd November : Ninney Rise bird survey, Mission Beach

    Contact : Helen Larson Email

    Details : Meet at 6.30 am in the coastal car park at the intersection of Cutten Street and Alexander Drive, Bingil Bay, then we will walk (about 200 m) up to Ninney Rise. After a morning of birding the area to compile a list for this area, morning tea will be provided at the cost of a small donation.

    Please click here for Ninney Rise bird survey poster.

October 2015

  • Monday 26th October : 6pm BirdLide Northern Queensland Meeting in Tableland

    CSIRO, Atherton

    Program:

    1. Open with a showing of the DVD "the coming of the White Birds: 50 years of counting Torres Strait Pigeons" (introduced by Bryony Barnett & John Winter)

    Then Refreshments for a modest charge.

    2. A 5 minute summary of the Crane Count results.(Virginia Simmonds)

    3. Taking the Heat" Amanda Freeman & Graham Harrington discuss the fidelity to bower sites by Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, the impact of Cyclone Larry on the population and the implication of global warming.

    Contact: Graham Harrington 4096 5051 or Email

  • Tuesday 20th October : NATIONAL BIRDWEEK CELEBRATION

    BirdLife Australia Northern Queensland, Cairns Regional Council and the Jabirus (both the volunteers and the birds hopefully) welcome you to a Poster Launch and sausage sizzle at Cattana Wetlands to mark National Birdweek. Meet and greet the new BirdLife Australia Staff in Northern Australia, snap up a snag, or a free bird book if you sign up for BirdLife Membership on the day, or ask the experts about that little colourful bird twittering in the garden. RSVP to Golo Maurer Email by the 18th of October

    Time : 10am - 2pm

    Location : Cattana Wetlands, near Yorkeys Knob

    Contact : Ceri Pearce Ph: 0488131581 or Email

  • Saturday 17th October : 7pm Group Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St) Edge Hill

    Speaker One: Murray Hunt
    Title: Birding Conservation Adventures in NZ
    Description: Short talk on some volunteer work assisting the recovery programs of some of the worlds rarest birds.

    Speaker Two: Ana V. Leitao, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne
    Title: Why Lovely fairy-wren females are special?
    Description: The evolution of conspicuous traits that male birds exhibit is now well established to be driven primarily via sexual selection. By contrast, female elaborate ornamentation has received much less attention, yet in many species, females are as ornamented as males. In this talk I will present some ideas of why lovely fairy-wrens females (Malurus amabilis) are so special to test the processes that are maintaining the expression of female traits. I will give an outline of the studies that I already conducted this year with a colour-banded population in the region of Cairns. I will also present some data of what we know so far about the ecology of this enigmatic fairy-wren.

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

  • 3 - 5th October : Labour Day weekend in Georgetown area

    Labour Day Long W/E camp-out
    Flat Creek Finch Count

    Contact : Contact Peter and Adam at Flat Creek Station on 4062 5304 or Email

September 2015

  • Saturday 19th September : 7pm Group Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill

    Dr Brad Congdon – Seabirds in hot water: linking seabird foraging success and oceanography on the GBR

    Increasingly, climate change is being linked to severe detrimental impacts in tropical marine ecosystems. This is true of seabirds as well as other marine organisms. To date, my research group has shown that seabirds on the GBR are heavily impacted by multiple climate driven processes, including El Niño intensity and sea-surface temperature change. This seminar will outline how we are combining high-resolution oceanographic and satellite data with information on seabird foraging locations and success to build comprehensive models of these processes and so increase our understanding of how changing ocean conditions will impact prey availability to seabirds and other marine top predators into the future.

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

  • CRANE COUNT IS UP AND RUNNING FOR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

    PARTICIPANTS NEEDED

    CONTACT GRAHAM HARRINGTON 4096 5051 OR Email

    Day counts will be done between 1pm - 3pm

    MEET AT HASTIES SWAMP BIRD HIDE 12.30 pm for day counts
    MEET AT HASTIES SWAMP 3.30PM FOR A CUPPA AND INSTRUCTIONS. FOR COUNTING AT ROOSTS.

August 2015

  • Saturday 8th August :Group Meeting Cancelled

    Contact : Doug Herrington Ph: 0418757288 or Email

  • 7th, 8th & 9th August - Yungaburra Birding Weekend

    7th - 6pm Dinner at Nick's Restaurant followed by spotlighting at the Curtain Fig

    8th - Birding with John Frois - Peeramon area - meet 7am Cnr of McKenzie Rd and Malanda/Lake Barrine Rd. Bring Lunch - Lunch at Lake Barrine picnic area followed by afternoon birding around lake Barrine with Doug

    8th - Saturday night - meet Platypus viewing area 7.30pm for spotlighting for owls with Doug

    9th - Birding Springvale Rd. Meet at 6.30am Platypus viewing area to car pool drive to Sprinvale Rd. Bring lunch and morning tea. Afternoon birding around Herbeton and Hasties Swamp (all with Doug)

    Contact : Doug Herrington Ph: 0418757288 or Email

    Recommended accommodation at the Kookaburra Lodge Motel - Yungaburra

July 2015

  • Saturday 25th July : 7.30am Birding watching at Warina Lakes, Innisfail

    Warina Lakes, Innisfail. Meet at the corner of Campbell Street and Sundown Road

    Saturday 25th July, 2015 at 7.30 am, for an hour or two.
    Contact : Contact Ceri Pearce on 0488 131 581 or Sandra Christensen on 0448 845 842 to register interest.

    Please download Brochure for the map.
  • Saturday 18th July : 7pm Group Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill

    Murray Hunt, 'Birds of the Daintree River' & Dom Chaplin, 'Birding in Brazil'
    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

June 2015

  • 5th - 8th June : Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Artemis Campout

    Over the Queen's Birthday Weekend, Birdlife NQ will be holding a campout at Artemis Station on Cape York. Artemis Station, owned and operated sympathetically for birdlife by Sue and Tom Shephard, is the famous location to observe the endangered Golden-shouldered Parrot. This Cape York endemic digs a nesting chamber within large terrestrial termite mounds typically through April and May. We should see recently fledged chicks as well as adults and with a little bit of luck, a few late nesting birds.

    Over the weekend we also hope to see Red Goshawk which commonly begins to nest about his time in the Musgrave area. Another highlight will be visiting the northern section of Lakefield National Park (Marina Plain) and hopefully (if it's open after the Wet Season) spotlighting on the Nifold Plain. Grass Owl, Barn Owl, Barking Owl, nightjars and frogmouths are all commonly observed here. Other special birds that may be observed over the weekend may include Black-throated Finch, Masked Finch, Star Finch, Black-backed Butcherbird, Black-breasted Buzzard, Bustard, Spotted Harrier and Squatter Pigeon amongst others.

    Venue: Artemis Station, 25kms south of Musgrave, Cape York. Please note that this is a basic campground and campers must be self-sufficient. Campground has simple showers and toilets but does not have a camp kitchen. Cost is $10 per vehicle per night. Rooms are available at Musgrave Roadhouse if you prefer. A four wheel drive is recommended.

    Friday 5th Late afternoon viewing of Golden-shouldered Parrots. Meeting point Artemis Campground 4pm. Group BBQ in the campground at dusk. Bring own meat and drinks and either a salad or dessert to share.

    Saturday 6th Morning viewing of Golden-shouldered Parrot nesting grounds and hopefully an active nest. Led by Sue Shephard. After a few hours rest in middle of day, an early afternoon departure for an extensive exploration of the northern section of Lakefield including spotlighting after dark.

    Sunday 7th Further exploration including visiting known Red Goshawk nesting sites.

    Monday 8th Departure.

    For more information or to register your intention to attend please contact Murray Hunt on 0417651929 Email and Peter Valentine 0427634136

  • Saturday 20th June : 6-8 pm Group Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill

    Speaker : Martin Willis, Birds of the Kimberley

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

May 2015

  • Saturday 16th May - 7.30am - Birding the Back Roads of Julatten

    Meet: Julatten State School Parking Area at 7.30 am.

    Bring morning tea

    Contact: Doug Herrington Mob 0418 757 288, Email

  • Saturday 16th May - 1.00pm - Club BBQ at Doug's House

    Bring your own meat and drinks. Salads, paper plates, and cutlery provided.

    Bring a treat to share.

    Directions: Follow the Shannonvale Winery signs from the Cpt. Cook Hwy at the Mt Molloy turnoff. Pass the winery and turn left into Borzi Rd. Continue over bridge into Thompson Low Drv. 5th house on the left (No5). Drive into yard and park.

    R.S.V.P by 14th May for catering purposes !!!

    Contact: Doug Herrington Mob 0418 757 288, Email

  • Saturday 16th May : Port Douglas at the Wildlife Habitat

    Arrival from 5.30pm for 6pm : Group Meeting

    Birding Quiz with Murray Hunt and John Rumney from Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

    50% discount on entry over the weekend for Birdlife members.

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

  • Sunday 17th May : 7am for Daintree River

    2 hour Daintree Boatman Cruise $40 per person.

    Departing Daintree Village public boat ramp 7am. Spaces limited.

    Cost : $40 per person

    Contact : Spaces limited. Book with Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

April 2015

  • 25th - 27 or 29th April : Georgetown area and beyond

    Meet 17.00 on 25th April at Goldfields

    Georgetown campout - with extension to Karumba! Venue: Goldfields Caravan Park, Georgetown
    26th & 27th - Explore Georgetown area
    28th Drive to Karumba. Explore area
    29th Morning boat cruise with Ferryman $60

    Contact : Dom Chaplin Email Ph: 0419 028 077

  • Saturday 11th April : 7am for Cairns Botanic Gardens

    Birding for Beginners with Graham Harrington. Download event poster
    Meet at Cairns (Flecker) Botanic Gardens information centre

    Contact : Graham Harrington Ph: 4096 5051 or 0423 794 836

  • Saturday 11th April : 1pm for workshop 3pm for Wader spotting on the foreshore

    Wave the Waders Goodbye : Catalina Room, Cairns RSL, 115/117 Esplanade

    Led by Golo Maurer, ex Shorebirds 2020 coordinator from BirdLife Australia. Come and learn how to identify these difficult birds better. Have lunch with other birders beforehand at the bistro at the RSL.

    3pm - Wave the Waders Goodbye - Wader Spotting Venue: Cairns Esplanade in front of Cairns RSL, 3pm

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

  • Saturday 11th April : 6-8pm for Group Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill

    Speakers : Golo Maurer on the Status of Waders in Australia and Threats in the South-east Asia Flyway

    Contact : Murray Hunt Email or Ph: 0417 651 929

  • Easter weekend 3-6th April : Cooktown Campout with Kath Shurcliff

    Camping, powers sights, bunkhouse, cabins and units available at Peninsula Van Park: - go to Peninsula Caravan Park for details and phone 4069 5107 for bookings. Please feel free to book any accommodation in town as we will be using Kath's house as a meeting point for each day's activities. Welcome BBQ at Kath's place on Friday evening. Activities to be announced (TBA) closer to the date.

    Contact Kath to let her know you are coming. Email

March 2015

  • Saturday 7th March : 5pm for AGM in Cairns

    Annual General Meeting
    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill.

    5pm - AGM followed by intermission and pizza ($2 a slice)

    6-8 pm - Special Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy "fire and birds in NQ & central Australia"

    Contact: Doug Herrington 0418 757 288 or Murray 0417 651 929

  • Sunday 8th March : Pelagic to Michaelmas Cay and snorkelling at Hastings Reef on Sea Star

    Vessel boards (Pier E1, Marlin Marina, Cairns) at 7.30 am, returns around 4.30 pm

    Full day departing from Cairns. Cost $190p/p including all gear, tea's and lunch. If we have enough takers we may be able to negotiate a discount!) Sea Star website
    It is important to make bookings as early in Feb. to be sure of a seat (only 35 available) as this is a general trip not dedicated to birders...

    Please contact Dom if you intend to come. (Dominic Chaplin) at Email

January 2015

  • Friday 23rd - 26th January : Annual bird watching weekend at Kingfisher Park in Julatten

    Australia Day Weekend at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge - Julatten Annual camp-out at Kingfisher Park with various birding opportunities in the area.
    Slideshows, speakers and spotlighting in the evening.
    Welcome dinner on Friday night at Highlander pub. (Booking required)
    Camping and rooms available 10% discount for members on all accommodation or stay 3 nights in a unit and get the 3rd night free. See the website http://www.birdwatchers.com.au/ for prices.

    Contact & booking: Keith & Lindsay Fisher
    Please phone us at 07 4094 1263 or email us at Email to make your bookings.

Archive Year 2014

December 2014

  • Sunday 7th December 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale (Cairns Birding event)

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

  • Sunday 7th December : Twichathon/Challenge Count

    Midnight to Midnight or any part thereof.

    Please contact Dominic Chaplin Email for details

  • Saturday 13th December 3pm : Christmas Party at Northern Esplanade Cairns (near kids play area)

    Birding and BBQ. Please note that the date and place have been changed.

    Contact: Doug Herrington 0418 757 288

November 2014

  • Saturday 15th November 7.30am : Birding for Beginners - Lacey's Creek

    (Please note that the starting time has been changed)

    The Birding for Beginners course has been enthusiastically received many times in the past. It takes about 2 and a half hours. The course teaches you HOW to identify birds. I will not be telling you the name of any bird but I will confirm if you get it right. You will need binoculars and a bird field-guide. If you lack one orase feel free to any questions you want an answer to. Graham Harrington, tel: 4096 5051 mob 0423 794 836 or Email or 07 4096 5051

  • Saturday 15th November 2.00pm : Annual Pied Imperial Pigeon Count in Mission Beach

    (combined with Birdlife Townsville) Contact: Trish Pontynen Email


  • Saturday 1st November 5pm : BirdLife Northern Queensland Mega Meeting, Award Ceremony & BBQ

    Date. Saturday 1st November
    Venue. Ringers Rest Function Venue (277 Fichera Rd, Mareeba).
    Time. 5pm to 8.30pm (to late).
    Cost. Members $15 per person, non members $20 per person.

    Come and celebrate the presentation of the John Hobbs medal to NQ local Lloyd Nielsen for a life time of outstanding studies by an amateur ornithologist. Major guest speakers include Steven Moss and Sean Dooley.
    Steven, a UK birding identity will be speaking on 'UK Birding Adventures with Bill Oddie', whilst Sean, editor of Birdlife Australia magazine, will be presenting on 'The Big Twitch'.

    The function is a BYO alcohol event and you're welcome to bring a chair if bench seating is not your style. BYO dinner if you have special dietary restrictions. Free camping available but no showers on site. Tag along birding on Sunday morning.

    For catering purposes attendance MUST be reserved by October 24th.
    To book a seat contact Murray Hunt by Email or at 0417651929

  • Sunday 2nd November 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

October 2014

  • Friday 17th - Tuesday 21st October : Yourka Survey (The annual survey of Bush Heritage property)

    Arrive Friday the 17th any time, spend the weekend surveying. Those able to stay through until Tuesday will be very welcome but just Saturday and Sunday will be a great help.

    Yourka is half an hours drive east of Innott Hot Springs. Accomodation is in a rough bushcamp with fully equipped kitchen.

    Vegetation extends from rainforest margin to dry Eucalypt woodland. Red Goshawk recently confirmed! Join us even if you are hesitant about your bird ID abilities. We will be happy to help you.

    Details from Graham Harrington 07 4096 5051 or Email

  • Monday 20th - Sunday 26th October : Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    BirdLife Australia is having an app specially designed for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    Participants will be able to use the app to record the birds that they see while taking part

    The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is Australia's first nationwide bird survey! Join thousands of people as they get to know their local birds during BirdLife Australia's Bird Week and help us discover how our birds are faring. All it takes it 20 minutes in your backyard, neighbourhood park or favourite green patch to be a part of this exciting citizen science event. For more information head to our website www.aussiebirdcount.org.au

    Two counts will be taking place in Cooktown during the Aussie Bird Count week.

    Friday, 24 October, Cooktown Botanic Gardens, 8-10am

    Sunday, 26 October, Keatings Lagoon Picnic Area, 7.30-10.30am

    Come along and help us count all our local birds - and you might even be lucky enough to spot a Spotted Whistling-duck.
    Further details from Kath Shurcliff on 4069 6595, or Email

  • Saturday 4th to Monday 6th October : Campout to Mungalla Station with BirdLife Townsville

    Come and visit this amazing birding hotspot with the people who know it; Birdlife Townsville. Suitable camping and caravan sites are available on the property. BYO everything. Basic showers and toilets are on site.
    Other accommodation is available at Ingham (14K away) and Forrest beach (4k away). More details closer to the date.

    Contact : Ceri Pearce 0488 131 581

  • Sunday 5th October 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

September 2014

  • Saturday 20th and 21st September : Gouldian Finch Count Flat Creek Station

    Flat Creek Station via Georgetown are holding a Grass Finch survey on the weekend of 20th and 21st September. Species that will be sought are Black-throated, Double-barred, Zebra and possible Gouldians.

    Participants are able to bush camp on the station for the weekend free of charge and this survey is destined to become an annual event. All are welcome.

    Access to Flat Creek Station is only from Green Hills Station road from the chimney stack about twenty kilometres west of Georgetown. From this point it is 34 kilometres to Flat Creek homestead. (Their normal access from Forsayth Road is under review following a court case with a mining company.)

    For further information telephone Peter and Adam on 4062 5304 or Email

  • Saturday 6th September : Crane Count - Malanda.

    Come and join us for daytime monitoring of cranes on the Tablelands and/or late afternoon counts at roost sites.
    As usual, all are welcome to join us for dinner afterwards and our debrief after the day's activity.

    For more details, please click here

    Contact : Virginia Simmonds at phone 07 4095 8302

  • Sunday 7th September 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

August 2014

  • Friday 1st to 3rd August : Yungaburra Birding Weekend and Club Meeting

    Friday 1st - 6pm
    Meet at Nick's Restaurant for dinner followed by spotlighting at Curtain Fig with Doug Herrington

    Saturday 2nd - 6.30am
    Meet at Hastie's Swamp Bird Hide for tag-a-long birding trip with Doug Herrington
    Bring your morning tea and lunch

    Saturday 2nd - 6pm
    Club meeting at Yungaburra Community Hall (Cedar Street)
    Pot Luck Dinner (Bring a plate to share)
    Speaker1: Don Franklin:- Bird tales from Abroad
    Speaker2: Angela McCaffrey:- Nocturnal Mammals of Highland Rainforest

    Sunday 3rd - 7am
    Birding at the Curtain Fig meet at the Curtain Fig parking area at 7am

    Sunday 3rd - 8.30am
    Birding along Peterson's Creek walking track with Doug Herrington
    Meet at Platypus viewing station near Nick's Swiss Restaurant at 8.30am

  • Friday 29th August to Monday 8th September : Kalkadoon Grasswren Survey Centred on Boulia

    Details from Graham Harrington, Email or 07 4096 5051

July 2014

  • Saturday 5th July : 6:45-8.45 pm Club Meeting in Cairns (Updated)

    Catalina Room at Cairns RSL on the Esplanade
    Speaker - John Young : presenting a talk on the Rediscovery of the Night Parrot in Western Qld
    All are welcome to attend. Please register your intention to attend with Murray Hunt on 0417 651 929

    Pre-meeting a dinner reservation has been made at the Cairns RSL.
    To dine, meet at the RSL at 5.45pm to order dinner (at own cost) at 6pm sharp as kitchen opens.
    Act quick if you wish to dine as places are restricted to 20. Reserve a seat with Murray.

    Contact: Murray 0417 651 929

  • Sunday 6th July 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

June 2014

  • Saturday 7th June 5.30pm : Port Douglas Big Weekend : 6 to 8pm (arrival from 5.30pm)

    Wildlife Habitat + Bird Quiz with Murray

    Del Richards presenting : Birding Anecdotes - NQ History, People and Usual Sightings
    Wildlife Habitat staff presenting a talk on the avian collection at the Habitat
    Birding Quiz led by Murray Hunt
    Drinks available for purchase
    50% discount on entry to Wildlife Habitat for BNQ members on 7th and 8th June

  • Saturday 7th June : 90 minute Daintree River Cruises

    6.30am and 8.30am
    $25p/p. Book direct with Murray Hunt at 0417651929

May 2014

  • Saturday 3rd May : 6-8 pm Club Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill

    Speaker 1 - John Grant : Bali Starling Recovery Program
    About 45 minutes

    Speaker 2 - Fergus Power / Principle Solicitor Environmental Defender's Office
    Please note that there will be no presentation from Fergus Power (updated on 30 April 2014)
    Speaking in regard to the GB Reef and legal entity
    About 25 minutes plus question time

    Contact: Murray 0417651929

  • Sunday 4th May 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

April 2014

  • Saturday 5th April : Club Meeting at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

    Come early in the day for birding in the local area
    BYO BBQ dinner in the cook shed at 5pm
    7pm-8.30pm - Keith Fisher presenting "Birds of Kingfisher Park"

  • Friday 18-21st April : BirdLife Northern Queensland Camp-out to Georgetown

    We are having a joint camp-out with BirdLife Townsville to Georgetown area over Easter.
    The camp-out will be based in Georgetown itself, with accommodation and camping available at both the Midway and Goldfield caravan parks in town. There is also hotel and motel accommodation available.

    The camp-out will commence with a "Meet and Greet" at the Midway Caravan Park (west side of town) at 3.30 pm on Friday, 18 April. We will then do a walk along the river, as well as advise of details for the weekend. We will divide into 2-3 groups, and alternate the days' activities between the groups on Saturday and Sunday. One day we will visit Flat Creek Station to the south of Georgetown (please bring along $8 pp as payment for entry unto the station, which will be collected on Friday afternoon), the other day we will visit iconic Georgetown sites such as Cumberland Dam, Durham Dam and the racecourse. The weekend will finish Monday morning to give people adequate time to drive back home.

    If you plan to come along please let Kath Shurcliff know, either by Email or by phone on 07 4069 6595.
    There will be an option of attending dinner on Saturday night at the Midway cafe. If you plan to attend this, please let Kath know soonest, so the cook can ensure she will have enough supplies for us all.

    Looking forward to a great weekend with our Townsville Birdlifers!

March 2014

  • Saturday 15th March 3-6pm : Wave the Waders Goodbye

    3pm at Cairns RSL - Catalina room
    4.30pm to 5.45pm - wader watching on the Esplanade
    6pm - join us for dinner at the RSL if you wish

  • Sunday 2nd March 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

  • Saturday 1st March : 6 pm for AGM

    Annual General Meeting
    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill.

    6-7 pm - AGM followed by pizza and salad ($2 a slice)

    7-8.30pm for presentation
    Special Presentation Clifford and Dawn Frith on Birds of Paradise - history, art, culture and sex

    Contact: Murray 0417651929

February 2014

  • Saturday 1st February : 6-8 pm Club Meeting in Cairns

    Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill.
    Birds of Wallacea, presented by Dominic Chaplin.
    and
    The Far North Quoll Seekers Network presented by Luke Jackson

    Contact: Murray 0417651929

  • Sunday 2nd February 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

    Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

January 2014

  • Fri 24 – Mon 27 January 2014 Australia Day Weekend at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in Julatten

    Join Keith & Lindsay Fisher and BirdLife Northern Queensland members at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in celebrating the way we know best - by watching Australian birds! Come and enjoy three full days of birding and socialising. Saturday night bring a contribution to a communal dinner in the cook shed. Trips and talks to be organised closer to the time. Even if it rains we'll have a good time! Special offer for BirdLife Australia Members - 10% off unit, camping and bunk house rates or three nights for the price of two in a self-contained unit. Booking is essential. Check out our website at

    www.birdwatchers.com.au and our blog at http://kingfisherparkbirdwatchers.blogspot.com/

    Contact:Keith & Lindsay Fisher
    Please phone us at 4094 1263 or email us at Email to make your bookings.

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December 2013

  • Sunday 1st December : Twichathon/Challenge Count

    Midnight to Midnight or any part thereof. Up to 24 hrs of non-stop birding - Join in the National Challenge Count. http://www.birdlife.org.au/get-involved/whats-on/challenge-count

    Please contact Dominic Chaplin Email for details

  • Saturday 7th December – Group Meeting and Christmas Birding Breakup : Winfield Park, near Malanda

    From 10am. Birding around Winfield Park and Malanda Environmental Walks. Pot Luck Christmas Lunch. Bring a plate of food to share (e.g. cold meat, cheese, salads, quiche, bread, fruit, desert, etc). BYO drinks, chair, togs and towel.

    Contact : Ceri Pearce 0488 131 581

October - November 2013

  • Sunday 27th October to Saturday 2nd November : PIP Count and Club Meeting (Mission Beach)

    Birdlife expanded coast count week 27 Oct to 2 Nov. Urgently need more
    participants. Choose your own site on any afternoon during count week.
    Guidelines and data sheets at pipwatch.net click on Coast Count button.

    Club meeting on 2nd - Start 2pm. Dinner after the count, around 7pm. Venue to be advised.


    Contact: Julia Hazel Email  Phone 0407 431 382

  • Sunday 3rd November : Outing in the Mission Beach area

    Start 7am. Birding with Helen Larson in the Mission Beach area. Location and time TBA

    Trish Pontynen (contact for Mission Beach event) Email

October 2013

Sunday 6th October 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

Saturday 12th October 6pm to 8pm : Club Meeting at Cominos House

Guest speaker 1 - Alan Gillanders on "Birding Costa Rica"
27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)

Guest speaker 2 - Alan Henderson "Minibeasts in rainforest"  Please visit Minibeast Wildlife 

-  Minibeasts Talk followed by a night walk in the park

Friday 4 to Monday 7 October : Yourka Survey 

Annual survey of the Bush Heritage property, "Yourka", near Innot Hot Spring. It takes 2-3 days depending on the number of volunteers.  Yourka vegetation includes heath and open Eucalyptus woodland to Wet-sclerophyll on the edge of the rainforest. Accommodation is either camping or in a large well-appointed shed with modern kitchen. Some surveys require camping overnight. Contact Graham Harrington Email, or 07 4096 5051

Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 9 October : Koombooloomba Survey

Following the Yourka survey, we will search for Bowerbirds (Golden and Tooth-billed) along the road leading from Ravenshoe to Koombooloomba Dam as part of our monitoring the effects of climate change on the wet tropics. Contact Graham Harrington Email, or 07 4096 5051

September 2013

Saturday 7th September : Crane Count and Club Meeting

Crane Count

10am Day Count: Participants will need to register well in advance so that they can be allocated their route. Your route map will be posted to you after registration.
Evening Count: Meet at Hasties Swamp at 3.pm to be allocated counting sites.

Contact: Virginia Simmonds at phone 07 4095 8302

Club Meeting at Malanda.

Speaker – Graham Harrington - "Birding in India and the Indian Race of the Sarus Crane"

Contact Virginia Simmonds at phone 07 4095 8302

Sunday 8th September : Birding Morning with Alan Gillanders : Mt Hypipamee and the Tablelands

Bowerbirds and high altitude endemics. Tumoulin State Forest for birdlife associated with gliders taking sap from the Red Stringybarks. Other birds of the tall eucalypt forest e.g. Crested Shrike-tit. Possible spotlight tours for gliders 6th or 8th for a $10 donation pp. to the Tablelands National Parks Volunteers.

Contact Alan Gillanders 07 4095 3784

21st September to 5th October : Silver Plains Survey - Cancelled

"Twenty one years ago the national RAOU Congress and Campout was held at Silver Plains Pastoral Station. A formal survey of all major vegetation types was undertaken. Permission has been sought from the Kulla Land Trust, who now control that area, to repeat these surveys. The area concerned is north of the Massy River near Port Stewart to the Chester River and incorporates the eastern slopes of the McIlwraith Range". Bush camping with no facilities

More information contact Graham Harrington at 07 40965051

August 2013

Saturday 3rd August 6pm : Club Meeting at Cominos House

27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)
Speaker – Martin Willis on Bird Photography and how to do it

Please visit Martin Willis Photographs

Sunday 18th August : Birding Mt Lewis with Doug Herrington

Meet 7.30am on corner of Churchill Crk Rd opposite the Highlander Tavern. Please e-mail Doug if you wish to attend. (this replaces the Brooklyn Station Campout)

July 2013

Tuesday 16th at 19:30 : Crane Forum – Venue: Tolga CWA. hall,  Main Street  Tolga (opposite the Post Office)

Speakers:  Three farmers to speak on the problem of birds on crop lands. We are also planning to have one speaker from Dept Environment & Heritage Protection (not confirmed).  

Contact Virginia Simmonds at phone 07 4095 8302

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July : Port Douglas Birding Weekend

Saturday – Birding the Mossman River by boat with Murray Hunt of Daintree Boatman Nature

Tours (6th July)
1st Mossman Cruise – leaving from Newell Beach boat ramp at 6.45am-returns 8.00am
2nd Mossman Cruise – leaving from Newell Beach boat ramp at 8.15am-returns 9.30am
Bookings Essential. Contact Murray at 0417651929  Cost - $20 p/p payable at the boat.

Club meeting at Wildlife Habitat - Saturday 5.30pm for 6pm start - 7pm

Speaker - Clare Anderson, Birds of the ‘Habitat’ and Del Richards  - “Christmas Island Experience"

Bird Trivia Quiz - Murray Hunt

Sunday 7th at 7.00am Bird Walks (Port Douglas area)

Meet at Habitat Parking area. Birding with Doug Herrington. We will visit various locations around the Port Douglas area.

More information contact Murray Hunt 0417 651 929 or Doug Herrington 0418 757 288

June 2013

Saturday 1st June 6 - 8pm : Club Meeting at Cominos House

27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)
Speaker Jane Chidgey, author of 'Under the Baobab Tree' (available at ABC bookshops) on 'Wildlife Conservation and Birding Adventures at a Private African Reserve (Makulu Makete)'.

Sunday 2nd June 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

May 2013

Saturday 11th to Friday 24th May : Grasswren Survey (proposed)

Leader: Graham Harrington

For more information contact Graham at 07 40965051

Wednesday 22nd to Monday 27th May : Artemis Station Golden Shoulder Parrot Campout

Joint venture with BirdLife Townsville. Camping and hot showers available. Arrive and leave on whichever of these days suite you. Bring your own food, drinks and water. Birdlife Northern Queensland representatives will arrive here on Friday 24th and depart on Monday 27th.

More information contact Murray Hunt 0417 651 929

April 2013

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 5th May : Yungaburra Birding Weekend and Club Meeting (updated on 1 May 2013: date changed)

Various birding expeditions in the area with a club meeting on Saturday evening. More birding on Sunday !
Friday 3rd Meet at 6:00pm for Pizza at Nicks Restaurant Pizzeria

Outing 1: Spotlighting
Meet at 8:30pm at Curtain Fig Parking for Spotlighting with Doug Herrington - End 10:00pm

Outing 2: Hasties & Wongabel
Sat 4th, 7 – 11am
Birding with Doug Herrington and Murray Hunt - visit Hasties Swamp and Wongabel State forest
- Meet 7am at Hasties Swamp bird hide. End 11am.

Outing 3: Allumbah Pocket
Sat 4th, 3.30-5pm

Birding Petersons Creek Wakling Track – with Doug Herrington and Murray Hunt.
Meet 3:30pm at Platypus viewing area (Near Nicks Resturant). End 5pm.

Saturday 4th evening at Yungaburra State School

Guest Speaker - Cliff Frith will talk about his new book on Lord Howe Woodhen
We are planning a communal dinner. Please bring a plate of food to share, as we did at our last AGM

Outing 4: Car Tag-along tour

Curtain Fig to Hypipamee
Sun 5th, 7.30 to 11.30am

Birding with Doug Herrington and Murray Hunt – Curtain Figtree parking area, Broomfield Swamp and Hypipamee National Park – Meet 7:30am at Curtain Fig parking area. End 11:30am at Hypipamee.

More information contact Murray Hunt 0417 651 929 or Doug Herrington 0418 757 288

Accommodation special at Kookaburra Lodge Motel

One night $90 per dbl or $80 per single. If you book for Friday and Saturday $80 per night dbl and $70 per night single. Phone Michal at 40953222 to book the accommodation and say that you are there for the birdlife weekend. Quote the prices given here. Do not book over the internet(and book early to avoid disappointment!

Saturday 20th April : Birding Etty Bay (updated on 12 Mar 2013)

Meet at 8am outside the Sugar Museum at Mourilyan. Please contact Dominic Chaplin Email to confirm

Saturday 6th April 10am to 3pm : Conservation of Beach-nesting Birds: Northern and Southern Coast perspectives

Cairns RSL Club, 115 Esplanade, Cairns.
10:00am to 4:00pm (Morning tea and lunch provided, please let us know of any dietary requirements)

You can learn more about the threats facing Beach-nesting Birds (BNB) across Australia and how these are being tackled. There will also be opportunities for discussions across a broad range of topics relevant to the conservation of this unique suite of species.

Limited places available, please RSVP (Flyer download)

Grainne Maguire, BirdLife Australia, Email, ph. 03 9347 0757

Saturday 6th April 6pm to 8pm : Club Meeting at Cominos House

27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)

Speaker1 - Tom Collis "Birds of the Kimberley Coast"

Speaker2 - Gabriel Crowley "Golden Shouldered Parrot"

Sunday 7th April 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

March 2013

Sunday 17th March 9am to 11am : Wave the Waders Goodbye

Catalina Room at Cairns RSL (Start 9am) and Esplanade with Martin Cachard and Alan Gillanders
Come and learn how to id waders and then try out your knowledge on the Cairns Esplanade

New BirdLife shorebird ID booklets are ready!

Please contact Alan Gillanders Email to register or show your interest

Non-member Welcome $10

Saturday 2nd March 5pm : AGM

Cominos House, Cairns
27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)
General Club Meeting with speaker – 6 to 8pm
Speaker - Martin Willis "Birding Africa"

BBQ + Tea, Coffee

February 2013

Saturday 2nd February 6pm to 8pm : Club Meeting at Cominos House

27 Greenslopes St (corner of Little St), Edge Hill (Cairns)
Speaker 1 – Brian Venables on the Birds of Centenary Lakes and Botanic Gardens
Speaker 2 - Dominic Chaplin on Michaelmas Cay

Sunday 3rd February 6.30am : Birding Centenary Lakes with John Seale

Meet 6:30am at Fresh Water Lake, Greenslopes St opposite the Rondo Theatre

Saturday 23rd February : Birding Wondecla

Meet at Wondecla Road House 08.00 – followed by lunch at the Jacaranda Cafe at Herberton
Please contact Dominic Chaplin Email to confirm
And afternoon Committee Meeting to follow at Herberton Mining Museum

January 2013

Saturday 5/Sunday 6 January: Buff-breasted Button-quail search (updated on Dec 24)

We are aiming to have an annual search for Buff-breasted Button-quails. The idea is to search in both well known and speculative sites.

Sun Jan 6 06.00 Meet at entrance to Quaid's Lagoon, approx 16km north of Mareeba.

Exact locations to look have not been decided upon yet. Please bear in mind looking for the BBBQs will be physically demanding, hard work, hot, horrible, tedious and you are highly unlikely to see any quail of any description!

If anyone is interested in participating please contact Dominic Chaplin Email

Friday 25th to Monday 28th January: Campout at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

Australia Day at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Join Keith & Lindsay Fisher and BirdLife Northern Queensland members at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in celebrating the way we know best - by watching Australian birds! Come and enjoy three full days of birding and socialising from Friday 25th to Monday 28th January. Saturday night bring a contribution to a communal dinner in the cook shed. Trips and talks to be organised closer to the time. Even if it rains we'll have a good time!
*Special offer for BirdLife Australia Members - 10% off unit, camping and bunk house rates or three nights for the price of two in a self-contained unit.*
Booking is essential. Please phone us at 4094 1263 or Email us to make your bookings.
Check out our website at www.birdwatchers.com.au and our blog at http://kingfisherparkbirdwatchers.blogspot.com/

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December 2012

Sunday 2 December: BirdLife Challenge Count - Twitchathon (updated on Aug 17)

The BirdLife Challenge Count is carried out annually Australia wide on the first Sunday in December. The idea is to count as many birds as possible that you see or hear. The rules are:

1. Midnight to Midnight

2. To be counted a bird must be seen by at least 2 people or heard by at least 3 people

3. The area covered must be no greater than a 40km radius (80 km diameter)

If anyone is interested in participating please contact Dominic Chaplin Email

Saturday 8 December: from 10am to 3pm

Christmas Gathering and BBQ at Cattana Wetlands.

All family members welcome.

Bring your own meat, salads drinks and camp chairs. Electric BBQ’s available.

Birding opportunities before and after in the local area.

No booking needed – just turn up and meet your fellow BirdLife members and their families.

November 2012

Friday 16 - BNQ Group Meeting Special guest presenter, John Kanowski

NE QLD Regional Ecologist for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Cairns RSL, Catalina Room, 6.30 to 8.30pm
For more information contact Murray Hunt at Email

October 2012

Saturday 10 - Mission Beach Pied Imperial Pigeon Counts

1.30 - 2.30 pm - Presentation by Dr. Julia Hazel on Pied Imperial Pigeons.  Venue is C4 Environment Centre, Mission Beach
2.30 - 3.30 pm - instructions for groups of counters, C4 Centre
4- 6.30 pm - counts conducted at nearby beaches
7.30 pm - Dinner at Mission Beach Resort Tavern, Wongaling Beach
Please confirm with Trish Pontynen, if you plan to participate in the counts or come for dinner. 

Contact: Trish Pontynen at Mobile: 0417 735 410 or  Email

Sunday 11 - Outing

7.30 am - birding in Mission Beach area.  Details to be advised later.

Friday 12 - Friday 19: 20 YEAR RETURN TO SILVER PLAINS ON CAPE YORK - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS (closed)

20 years ago we didn't have a regional group in NQ and I was asked to run the Congress and Campout off my own bat. We concentrated on Bowerbirds for the Congress proceedings and then went to a pastoral station called Silver Plains on Cape York for the Campout. Whilst we were there we did a series of formal bird surveys by recording all the birds heard and seen from 24 fixed points in different habitats.

The area is now within the Kulla Land Trust. I am negotiating with the Trust for permission to return and repeat the surveys. The dates are to arrive by 14th October for not less than one week and not more than two weeks. It is a days drive from Cairns and 4WD is required.

Should we be unable to go to Silver Plains I will convert the trip into a search for Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds throughout the Cape.

Please contact me for further information and to register your interest.

Contact Graham Harrington, 07 4096 5051 or Email

Saturday 20 - Shorebird Workshop Cairns 2012 presented by Golo Maurer, Shorebirds 2020 manager, BirdLife Australia (Flyer)

Catalina Room at Cairns RSL from 9am to 4:30pm

BirdLife Australia is holding this workshop to introduce you to the special shorebirds of FNQ. Learn more about their 10,000 km trip to get here, the threats they face and how we can give them a helping hand.

Place: Cairns RSL Club, 115 Esplanade Cairns

What to bring: Binoculars, sturdy footwear, water bottle, sun-smart gear. Scopes will be on site but if you have one please bring it along.

Registration and Enquiries : Murray Hunt Phone 0417 651 929 or Email

Please RSVP by the 16th of October

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21: Black-throated Finch waterhole count

The Black-throated Finch Recovery Team (BTFRT) is seeking volunteers for these two days to watch waterholes and count finches coming into drink. The count covers a three hour period of each morning. Volunteers may also record the other species they record at these waterholes. The list is often impressive. We are currently finalising the detail arrangements for the count including start times and waterhole allocation, so please complete your registration and contact details for this year’s count on the black-throated finch website, www.blackthroatedfinch.com. Further details of the waterhole count activities are explained in various documents on the website. Download PDF for more details.

Saturday 27 - Bird Week 2012 : Birding for Beginners (Flyer)

7:00 am 27th October at Lake Eacham
Free notes provided.
Please bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.
Leader: Alan Gillanders, Bookings essential: Email by 23/10

September 2012

Crane Count Weekend Program (updated on 16 Aug)

Birdlife Northern QLD is holding its annual Crane Count on the first weekend of September. This has been a long term project focussed at monitoring crane numbers on the Atherton Tableland. All are welcome to attend and assist in this field research and afterwards enjoy a communal dinner at the Malanda Lodge. A crane ecology presentation will follow dinner. Two bird-watching outings are also presented on Sunday morning.

Saturday 1 September: Crane Count
2.30 pm           Meet at Hastie Swamp Bird Hide for briefing on Count.
3.30 pm           Depart to our appointed sites to survey cranes till dark. +/- 6.30 pm
7.00 pm           Group dinner at Malanda Lodge restaurant. (IMPORTANT! You will need to book with the restaurant yourself. Phone 40965555 and request a booking for the BirdLife Group Dinner. Vegetarian meals available)
8.30 pm           Recording of crane data and Crane Ecology presentation by John Grant

People wishing to participate will need to register with Virginia Simmonds at phone 4095 8302 or Murray Hunt 0417 651 929

Sunday 2 September: Outing (Meeting place to be advised)

7.00 am           Bird-watching outing to Lake Eacham ? Ian Sinclair, Ph 4096 6690
9.00 am           Proceed to Donoghues Corridor, a TREAT rehabilitation project connecting several isolated forest areas including the two crater lakes - Nigel Tucker and Amanda Freeman. TREAT representative (Nigel Tucker) to provide a talk on this interesting project.

People wishing to participate will need to register with Virginia Simmonds at phone 4095 8302 or Murray Hunt 0417 651 929

Hastie Swamp (121 Koci Rd, Atherton)
Malanda Lodge (corner of Merragallan Rd and Millaa Millaa ? Malanda Rd, just south of Malanda township)

Thursday 20  - Monday 24: Bird Surveys at Yourka (Bush Heritage property near Innot Hot Springs)

Dates 20-24 September (arrive late on wed. 19th)
 
 This is our 5th year of surveying on Yourka.  There are 42 sites to survey - The vegetation varies from wet sclerophyll woodland to dry heathy open woodland.
 
The volunteers need to be able to ID birds by song and sight. Those who wish to polish up birding skills will be also welcome.
  Accommodation in a large well-appointed shed.

Apologies for late notice.  Any members who would like to participate will be welcome.
 4WD required.  Contact Graham Harrington, 07 40965051, Email

July 2012

Saturday 21 to Monday 23: Minnamoolka Station. Mt. Garnet. Campout

BANQ visited this lovely station briefly last year and everyone was impressed by the 3000 acre lagoon which was full of birds. We all hoped to come back and spend more time exploring the area. This is our chance. The young owners, Lisa & Thomas Atkinson have kindly agreed to let us have a weekend campout
 
 - Sat July 21 Arrive, birding beside the lagoon
 - Sun July 22, morning drive, birding around the lagoon, evening drive
 - Mon July 23 Depart, Visit 40 Mile Scrub to look for Yellow Chat and Spotted Bowerbird seen here last year.
 
 Minnamoolka Station is about 4 hours drive from Cairns. Drive first to Mt Garnett, then continue West a few km until reaching the Gunnawarra Road. Drive 50km South down the Gunnawarra Road (Some dirt but possible in 2WD). Then turn West for 15km along Wairuna Road. There is a clearly marked sign on a tree.
 
 There is some accommodation at the station (Bring your own linen) or we can camp beside the lagoon. Also bring all your own food.
 
 Please contact Dominic Chaplin Email if you would like to come so we have an idea of numbers and can let the station know about accommodation.

Saturday  28:  Outing + Committee Meeting + Presentations + Sausage Sizzle 

First cruise: 7am to 8.30am. Second cruise: 8.45am to 10.15am
 Mossman River Cruise Provided by Murray Hunt
 Target birds include Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher and Mangrove Robin
 90 minutes, $20 per person
 Meet at the Newell Beach boatramp, 10 minutes north of Mossman
 Booking essential. Contact Murray on 0417 651 929

2pm to 4pm
 BNQ committee meeting
 Private room Wildlife Habitat

4.30 arrival for 5pm start, finish by 7.15pm
 Birding Co-promotion b/n BNQ and the Wildlife Habitat
 Presentations by the Wildlife Habitat and Birdlife Northern QLD
 Followed by Birding Trivia Quiz and Sausage Sizzle
 Free activity, open to the public
 Register interest with Murray on 0417 651 929 or Doug on 0418 757 288

Sunday  29:  Outing

7.30am till 12.30pm

 Bird-watching outing to Mt. Lewis, renowned site of many of the region's endemic species
 Led by Doug Herrington
 Meet at the Highlander Tavern, near Kingfisher Park
 Register interest with Doug on 0418 757 288
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