Call for Crane Count 2016
On the 6th of June the first flock of cranes flew over my property on their way to a roosting site around Tinaroo in the area of the dam wall. Normally the cranes arrive on the Tablelands in the second half of May. Since that first flock of 6 cranes flew over I have not seen a single crane in a paddock or in the sky.
Has any one else?
The count this year is on the 3rd of September. On our drive back from the birding trip around the back of the hills around Tinaroo organized by Peter Valentine a few weeks ago Darlene and I drove along the road running between the hills and the lake and visited a few of the camping sites. What we noted there was that the dam was already significantly lower than most years at this time. What this means for counting cranes on the first Saturday in September is that there are going to be many more exposed banks around the lake for the cranes to choose to roost and they do often vary their choice through the season. To deal with this spread we are going to require a lot of counters and some will need to allow sufficient time to get to these sites before the birds start arriving.
If you are willing to go to one of those further bays around the far side of the lake I would appreciate it if you could call me - 40958302- or email me - and nominate for this. I am picking that the weather will be fine and warm so it should be a great day and evening and you should have no trouble recruiting friends to join you in this fun activity. I look forward to hearing from you all.
Date : Saturday 3rd September
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.
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
Sarus Cranes on wings (courtesy Mikey Kudo)
Brolgas (courtesy Mikey Kudo)