Saturday, 19 October 2013

Boondall Birdwatching

Boondall Wetlands Reserve is the perfect place to introduce children to the wonders of bird watching. We took our binoculars, a picnic lunch and eagerly sat in the bird hide on the lookout for international bird visitors. Every year between September and March, forty thousand shorebirds migrate along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, landing here in the warm waters of Moreton Bay to raise their young. The smallest (30 grams) bird is the Red Necked Stint, which flies from Siberia and the largest (900 grams) is the Eastern Curlew which flies from Russia (about 13 000 kilometres).

It is indeed the right time of year and we suspect we may have spotted them, but it was hard to be certain? In any case, this is a pleasant and educational place to spend an afternoon with children.

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