In other news …

There are two new posts on the Wildlife Queensland Townsville Branch blog which I thought deserved a mention because they fit so well with what I have been doing here on Green Path.

The first records a field trip (they are a monthly activity of the branch and I have been on several this year) to a park I visit often, Lou Litster Park which follows Ross Creek either side of Queens Road. From urban wasteland to city oasis, however, does something I couldn’t, presenting the park’s history as a long-term revegetation project. The project was led by Christine Dalliston and Lynn Saunders who acted as guides on the day, so WQ members learned a lot about how its present state was achieved.

There are some nice photos there – not mine, because I wasn’t able to go on the trip – but I thought I might add here a flower which is mentioned there but not shown, the unusual blossom of the Leichhardt tree, Nauclea orientalis.

spiky brown and cream flower
The chestnut-like flower of the Leichhardt tree, around golf-ball size

The second post, What’s in your [Mundingburra] backyard, is even closer to home in two ways: the photos in it are my own because I was invited to drop by with a camera and see if I could get a few good portraits of a curlew family, and the location is within very easy walking distance.

Curlews (more correctly Bush Stone-curlews, Burhinus grallarius) are common enough in our suburb but it is rare for the history of a particular breeding pair to be so well observed over such a long period and the account is well worth reading.

2 thoughts on “In other news …”

  1. Dear Malcolm,
    We live on Anne St, Aitkenvale where there are quite a few curlews. Recently one family has been staying in our front garden (see picture). But a few evenings ago as my wife Suree was walking home she saw the baby sprawled on the road. It was still moving a bit, but couldn’t walk.
    As it was late we didn’t feel it was a good time to ring the Wildlife Rescue volunteers, so we moved it to the nature strip and hoped it would survive the night. Its parents were also in the vicinity. But next morning it was dead.
    We were wondering if there would be a way to get a road sign erected asking people to slow down because of the curlews.
    Regards,
    David

    curlew family in Townsville garden

    1. Thanks for your email. It’s a sad story but a good question.
      Infant mortality among curlew (and plover) chicks in the suburbs is very high. Traffic isn’t the only problem, of course, because dogs and cats get a fair few, too.
      I don’t think that getting an official sign put up is going to be possible. Who would do it? Council, I guess, and they wouldn’t put up a sign only to take it down again a few weeks later when the chicks grew up. Wildlife groups could possibly supply such warning signs on request, but there probably isn’t a demand for them, just because concerned people wouldn’t often think of asking, or know who to ask.
      I do see home-made signs nailed to power poles fairly often – “Plover chicks – please slow down!” etc – and that’s probably your best option for next time.
      And, sadly, there will be a next time, going by https://townsville.wildlife.org.au/2014/11/16/whats-in-your-mundingburra-backyard/ and others’ experiences.

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