Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

On Bird Watch; Group Makes Most of Lagoon Outing

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

On Bird Watch; Group Makes Most of Lagoon Outing

Article excerpt

TAKING the road through Widgee to get to the Drays' property at Woolooga for the Gympie and District Field Naturalists Club monthly outing meant going past what is known locally as Jack Walker's lagoon.

Named after an early owner, this is a good-sized body of shallow water.

It supports a range of water bird life and also a colony of white-winged choughs, which are at home among the fallen branches and forest floor debris in a nearby eucalypt forest. The most obvious of the birds on the water was a lone pelican.

A dozen of these majestic birds have been seen on the lagoon, particularly after a good breeding season. Surrounding the pelican was what looked like a "guard" flotilla comprised mainly of coots, obvious because of their white forehead shield.

There were a couple of young coots near the adults.

Others in the water included black ducks, white-eyed ducks and Australasian grebes.

Wading and feeding in the shallows, a large egret and a royal spoonbill showed contrasting feeding methods. …

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