Reporting Bush Curlews made even easier.

A new online reporting facility is now available to record your sightings of Bush Curlews. Thanks to

To visit the online service click here.

Happy Curlew Watching.


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Coochiemudlo Island Curlew Count 2015

Click here to open the Coochie Curlew Count 2015 data



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Curlew numbers to 2013


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Bush Curlew data now online

We are currently loading paper records of Bush Curlew sightings onto an online database/map.

If you like to have a look at this online map. Click here to view.

The map will grow and improve with time  : )

This map shows where and when the Bush Curlew was seen. Some further information is also available and will be refined over time.

Researchers are particularly interested at present about Bush Curlew movements. To understand this movement researchers have been attaching coloured flags to the legs of those birds they capture.  Therefore, reporting a bird with a flag attached to their leg is of great interest and improves our knowledge about the Bush Curlew’s travels.

We have learnt quite a bit about their movements something that was unknown until now. We wrote a short story about the researcher’s Moreton Bay experience.

We are always interested to know when the Bush Curlews are breeding and how many young are sighted and when.

Interestingly the data to date shows Bush Curlews are sharing our homes and businesses and seem very happy to do so and are doing very well. They need only a little space, freedom from inquisitive cats and dogs and a driving for wildlife attitude to survive in suburbia.

Thank you for your sighting forms they are always appreciated. Please note you can now send your sightings electronically (with your photos) via this blog.

Curlew Map

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How are our Bush Curlew doing?

The Bush curlew is a species that is appreciated by many in the Redlands. A large number of residents have taken a direct interest in the bird’s protection. Their concerns are justified.

Globally, the family burhinus is in decline. So is the Australian member of the burhinus family, Burhinus grallarius more commonly known as the Bush Curlew and readily recognized by its wailing ‘weer-lo’ calls.  In NSW and Victoria it has now become a Threatened species. Here in Queensland and in particularly the Redlands we have perhaps been oblivious to these trends and become complacent because the species appears relatively common. Though listed as common by legislation in Queensland there are concerns for its future and we need to be vigilant and proactive.

It has been quite a few years since we all participated in a major survey aimed at determining the status of our Bush Curlews and it seems time that we check out how they are going.

In the past we have used paper based survey sheets and this can be time-consuming and not always readily available when one sees a Bush Curlew.

Thankfully reporting a Bush Curlew is made a whole lot easier with iPhone type technology.

Simply ensure you have Location Services turned on for Photos on your iPhone.  The same applies to other similar types of phones using GPS / location technology.

Location services iphone

Take a photograph of your Curlew with your iPhone or other GPS capable phone and simply email that photograph to Wildlife Queensland Bayside at Using that photograph we can extract the exact location of the Curlew and record this information in our database. From the photograph we can also determine habitat, numbers and other variables which are useful to note and record.  This information will be passed on to researchers.

If the Bush Curlew has one or more colored flags on its leg we would be very interested to get a photograph of the bird showing its flag/s. These flags have been placed onto Bush Curlews by researchers who are tracking their movements around some of the Moreton Bay islands and mainland.

Important to note is not to put yourself at risk taking a photograph and please ensure you don’t upset the Bush Curlew, some are still raising their young.

Email your photograph to:

If you like to include a few words with your email about what you observed these comments will be appreciated and help us and others help the curlew.

If you don’t have an iPhone or similar don’t despair you can always default to the paper survey sheet found at

Thank you and happy Curlew Watching.

Curlew sighting 2013-02-05 07.25.45

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Bush Curlews on the move

In 2008 Queensland Wader Study Group started to focus attention on resident shorebirds with particular attention to Bush-stone Curlew.

To date 129 birds have been fitted with individually identifiable leg flags, the majority on Coochiemudlo, but small numbers have also been banded on Macleay Island, Russell Island, Karragarra and on the mainland at Cleveland and also Victoria Point. Monthly visits have been made to Coochiemudlo since 2009 to collect flag sightings and count birds and further surveys on other islands in the bay have been made to count stone-curlews and record any leg flags. To date there have been 331 individual re-sightings made, 101 in 2012. These monthly visits have also provided an opportunity to record hatching and rearing success for a number of pairs as well as looking at local movements and dispersal away from the island.   Click here to read more -> curlewonmove


Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch would like to help close the gap on un-answered questions about the location and movement of Bush Curlews by utilising photographs taken by the community. Using your iPhone or similar location savvy phone we can pin point the exact location. See our blog for more details.

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The Call of the Bush Curlew

Have you heard a Bush Curlew before?

Click here to hear : )


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Coochie Curlew statistics – up to 2012

Coochiemudlo Island Bush Curlew count results

Click here to read -> curlew.summary.results

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Coochie Curlew Count – 13th January

Everyone is welcome to join the 17th annual Coochie Curlew Count as we search every nook & cranny to count these beautiful birds on the island.
Stay on with friends and colleagues after the count for a free BBQ where you get to sit back, relax and enjoy a special presentation.
When: Saturday 9th February 4.30pm
Where: Meet at Pioneer Park (on the island – opposite ferry jetty)
BYO: Drinks, torch, chair, & insect repellent
Wear: Enclosed shoes, a hat & sunscreen
RSVP by calling IndigiScapes on 3824 8611

Click here for more details -> CCC 2013

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Read our proposed management plan for Bush Curlews

Read our proposed management plan for Bush Curlews

Click here to read our management plan for Bush Curlews -> Curlew Management Plan

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