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Osprey House Environmental Centre

25 May 2018 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Osprey House Environmental Centre is set among the mangroves lining the banks of the Pine River just North of Brisbane.

Society members had a very enjoyable and informative visit to this centre. We arrived at 11.30am and were met by the volunteers who invited us to have our picnic lunch on the shaded veranda. After lunch, the experienced bird photographer, Pip, took us for a walk through the Marine couch pastures to the saltmarsh flats where we observed many water birds and were thrilled to see two swans nesting.

We then leisurely walked along the board walk through the Grey Mangrove forest (Avicennia marina) and also identified the Stilted Mangrove species (Rhizophora stylosa). At the end of the walk there was a bird hide where we looked out at the mudflats and saw many local waders and seabirds. However, many of the migratory birds had already left for the Northern Hemisphere. We saw the Raptor Pole with its camera installed above the platform; even though it was not in residence, we were able to view video footage on a monitor located in Osprey House.

Audrey had picked the perfect time for low tide at 1pm and Pip was a wonderful guide. She was so giving of her expert knowledge of the birds. It was such a peaceful location looking out at the intertidal zone of the Dohles Rocks foreshore and the Pine River. We left at 3pm thinking it would be a great place to revisit.

By Jeanette Lamont

The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Inc
Gregory Place, Level 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000
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