Big wet boosts outback bird numbers

By Chrissy Arthur

Updated March 13, 2012 11:53:14

Birds of prey are breeding up in big numbers across western Queensland, taking advantage of three consecutive big wet seasons.

Birdwatchers have been reporting large numbers of kites, eagles and hawks, while water birds in south-west Queensland are also flourishing.

Roy Sonnenburg from Birds Queensland says prolonged drought several years ago caused some species to dwindle in population but there has been a dramatic revival.

“With the last two or three years with the good conditions out there, the numbers have built up quite dramatically, particularly things like black kites, whistling kites, wedged-tailed eagles,” he said.

“A lot of the other less common birds of prey are also fairly prominent and good conditions means lots of grasses and that breeds up rodents and things which the birds like to feed on.”

Mr Sonnenburg says the organisation is also monitoring bird activity on a property near Cunnamulla, south-west Charleville.

“Some of the areas out there have just been a mecca for water birds – enormous flocks of pelicans breeding on the lakes down at Currawinya National Park, lots of other water birds,” he said.

“For a couple of years we found it very hard to find some of species that you usually see around south-east Queensland because they’d all gone out west to take part in the good times out there.”

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First posted March 13, 2012 08:48:41

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