Forest Lake, 2021-2022

Summary: Beautiful suburban lake which is fantastic for bird photography Dates of visits: Apr 8 2021, Feb 10 2022, Mar 8 2022, Jun 8 2022 Forest Lake is the man-made lake (completed in 1994) upon which the surrounding suburb is named, and is located in the south-west of Brisbane, reasonably easily reached via the CentenaryContinue reading “Forest Lake, 2021-2022”

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mar-Dec 2021

Summary: Lovely manicured gardens with birds just waiting to be photographed Dates of visit: Mar 26 2021, Oct 8 2021, Dec 12 2021 I’ve had some awesome birding experiences in botanic gardens around Australia, with George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (Darwin) and the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens (Hobart) providing some very fond memories of birdContinue reading “Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mar-Dec 2021”

John Oxley Reserve, Mar 2021

Summary: Good birds to be found in a short paved path and mangrove boardwalk loop Date of visit: Mar 14, 2021 John Oxley Reserve lies on Brisbane’s northside and is basically a rectangle containing sports fields and bushland/mangroves bordering the North Pine River. It contains a very well-constructed path and a boardwalk circuit, and boastsContinue reading “John Oxley Reserve, Mar 2021”

Nudgee Beach, Feb & Oct 2021

Summary: Large beach good for waders and Osprey, with creek exploration options for the more adventurous Dates of visit: Feb 26 and Oct 24, 2021 Replace “sun, surf and sand” with “sun, mud and wading birds” and you describe Nudgee Beach at low tide in a nutshell. It’s an expansive area with widescreen vistas andContinue reading “Nudgee Beach, Feb & Oct 2021”

Cliveden Reserve, Jan 2021

Summary: Decent enough for birds, but no comparison to adjacent Oxley Creek Common Dates of visit: Jan 26, 2021 Cliveden Reserve lies in Corinda on Brisbane’s south side. Its northern end is adjacent to (and across the creek from) the Secret Forest section of the illustrious birding mega-post Oxley Creek Common… so it should beContinue reading “Cliveden Reserve, Jan 2021”

Oxley Creek Common, revisited

In our Revisited series of posts, we report on previously-covered birding locations, re-evaluating what we said about the location and providing a deeper, more considered opinion based on multiple subsequent visits. Oxley Creek Common (OCC) is without doubt one of Brisbane’s premier birding locations, just recently exceeding a whopping count of 5000 eBird checklists. IContinue reading “Oxley Creek Common, revisited”

Kedron Brook Wetlands, Jan-Oct 2021

Summary: Bush, mangroves, grasses and lagoons provide a variety of birds in a location quite close to Brisbane city Dates of visit: Jan 14, Mar 14, Oct 5 2021 Kedron Book Wetlands is a sprawling patchwork of wetlands, grasslands, creek and bush just 10km north-east of the Brisbane CBD. It lies wedged in between threeContinue reading “Kedron Brook Wetlands, Jan-Oct 2021”

Mt Gravatt Summit Trail, Jul 2020-Aug 2021

Summary: Scenic views and a couple of tasty spots for birds Dates of visits: July 29 2020, Dec 21 2020, May 31 2021, Aug 14 2021 Mt Gravatt is not a particularly high “mountain”, but it does command sweeping panoramic views over some of the southern suburbs of Brisbane. There is a decent network ofContinue reading “Mt Gravatt Summit Trail, Jul 2020-Aug 2021”

Lake Manchester and Shelley Road Park, 2020-2021

Summary: Vast area to explore with a few bird-rich habitats mainly along the creeks Dates of visit: Nov 22 2020, Dec 20 2020, June 1 2021 I cover Lake Manchester and Shelley Road Park together here because they are basically across from the road from each other and birders might well cover both areas –Continue reading “Lake Manchester and Shelley Road Park, 2020-2021”