2017 Curlew Count

A hot humid weekend didn’t deter volunteers who participated in Coochie’s annual curlew count at the weekend. After a briefing at Main Beach by Indigiscapes, teams were dispatched to search every nook and cranny on the island for our iconic bush stone curlew.

Photo: Australian Geographic

A total of 195 birds were counted and while a couple down on last year this figure was in the stable range of the last few years.

After a barbeque, Jon Coleman from the Queensland Wader Study Group delivered an impressive presentation on the 21-year history of the island’s curlew count as well as the monthly surveys and banding exercises.

We are so fortunate to live amongst such a healthy breeding population that appears to be feeding the mainland of south-east Queensland. Here’s a link to the most recent research.

Thanks to Mary & Tony for a great feed and Council’s Indigiscapes crew for another successful event.

 

Acknowledgement: All Photos unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of Gary Sheehy

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