Southeast Queensland Birding
Visit to Buckley's Hole
August 6, 2014
In early August I visited Buckley’s Hole on Bribie Island, for the first time. This reserve so close to the Pumicestone Passage is renowned for the variety of birds that can be seen. Currently because we have had so little rain the lake area is small and shallow. I saw a pair of pied oystercatchers on the beach, these are often sighted around Pumicestone Passage and Morton Bay. The only unusual birds on the lake when I was there, late afternoon, were some magpie geese and a comb-crested jacana or lotus bird, but I added grey teal to my bird list, for although common in SE QLD they have never visited us in Meldale (at least not when I have been out and about with a camera).
In the shallows were many stilt, not a rare sighting in the Morton Bay region but surprisingly only one royal spoonbill. In Meldale as dams dry out they are frequently seen and we have had over 10 at a time on our dams as they dry out.