Birds Australia North Queensland

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Annual Crane Count, Atherton Tableland, Saturday 3 September 2011

A determined team braved cold, wet and windy conditions to carry out the annual BANQ crane count, organised by Virginia Simmonds this year. An earlier date was set compared to previous years, fearing that some of these migratory birds might leave early. A new simplified record form was tested for the first time.

The Crane Count Team 2011

Around 2000 Cranes/Brolgas were recorded at about 6 different sites. A full report is being prepared.

Afterwards the team enjoyed a fine evening meal in Yungaburra. Alan Gillanders presented an excellent slide show on his experiences visiting Papua New Guinea last year.

Dominic Chaplin
Committee Member BANQ