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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