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15 Feb: Looking forward to some birding

Again no birding today, but looking forward to at least a spot of shorebird watching tomorrow around Manly – I have a morning meeting there, and will be looking in the Wynnum-Manly area for Red Knot, seen on three occasions in the past two weeks (Penfold Parade and Elanora Park at low tide, and at the no-public-access Manly Roost at high tide). Red Knot is mainly a passage migrant through Brisbane en route to New South Wales, and summer records are notable.

I’m excited about a couple of trips later in the year. I’m booked onto the Mooloolaba pelagic on May 6th and June 3rd. As we found out a little while ago, the Mooloolaba pelagic is in Brisbane waters when at the shelf, so the birds seen on the far eastern extension of the trip will be countable for my year list. It’s going to be tense moments as we cross the border from Sunshine Coast Regional Council into Brisbane waters.

Secondly, I’m off to Moreton Island on 17th April to help count the shorebird roosts at the southern end of Moreton Island. We’ll go by boat from Manly Harbour, which should be lots of fun. Sanderling will be a key target, but anything’s possible!

With no year ticks today, my year list remained on 230 species. I spent 0 minutes birding, walked 0 km and drove 0 km.