Crane Count on 6th Sept 2014
Call for Participants
This year we are again planning a day count and the traditional evening count.
You don't need to be an expert birder to take part in this survey. This is also a great opportunity to learn about local birds as we always have experienced birders in each group.
Please express your interest to Virginia Simmonds at phone 07 4095 8302
Day Count (around 10am to 3pm)
For this count you will be allocated a route marked on a map posted to you (I will need a postal address and an email address) along with a tally sheet with instructions on the reverse side. You follow your route recording the cranes you encounter and be sure to make it to Hasty Swamp bird hide outside Atherton by 3pm to hand in your map and tally sheet and be allocated to one of the evening counting sites if you have registered for that as well.
Evening count commences round about 4.30 to 5pm when you arrive at the site. You may encounter some birds already there which you count and record. Around about 6.30 most birds have settled into their chosen roosting site and it is too dark to see them landing. Time to pack up and head to our chosen watering hole (to be advised at the Hasty Swamp meeting and depending on the numbers expected)
Dinner and guest talk: Gay Crowley speaking on fire as a tool for managing habitats with lessons from the golden shouldered parrots
This is a bulk booking at a negotiated price dependent on the numbers. A vegetarian dish or two is always part of the menu. We share our observations and counts and listen to a guest speaker. Place: Malanda Hotel (after 6:30pm)
Sarus Crane (courtesy Mikey Kudo)
Sarus Cranes in flight (courtesy Mikey Kudo)