White Lace Motel

White Lace Motel

Manager of the White Lace Motel on Nebo Road Mackay, Naomi Chambers, has provided great support for my Crazy Bird Stories. 

The White Lace also supported Birdlife Mackay’s 2020 calendars during recent weeks.

Thanks Naomi.

World Wetland Day

World Wetland Day

Celebrating World Wetlands Day at the Slade Point Reserve on Saturday morning February 8 were 49 participants.

Thanks to Pioneer Catchments and Landcare’s Kade Slater and Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Alexandria Volling along with two Birdlife Mackay members (Gerry Woodruff and myself) who organised the successful event.

Broken River Kiosk

Broken River Kiosk

Whilst you’re enjoying one of Oscar’s speciality Yodel Burgers or a coffee outside the Broken River Kiosk and Information Centre, look up and see if there’s a ‘critter’ using the Southern Boobook Owl’s nest box.

Children learn about wildlife

Children learn about wildlife

Those crazy birds are at it again.
Mackay author Daryl Barnes has released his second children’s book and again it focuses on birds and wildlife in Mackay and surrounding areas.

The new book, Crazy Bird Stories – Benny’s Dreamtime Adventure, tells a single story, and there it differs from his first publication, Crazy Bird Stories, which is a collection of 12 short stories. Using poetry, Mr Barnes tells the story of a lonely bird looking for a more adventurous life.

“Benny is a very shy bird who is looking for a more exciting life,” Mr Barnes said. “Benny falls asleep and dreams that he is in a zoo and watching the other animals perform for the humans.”
He is soon discovered by the zoo keeper and makes a run for it.

Mr Barnes said the moral of the story was, as the saying went, “the grass is always greener on the other side.”

He said the book was inspired while he was sitting at Finlayson’s Point, near Seaforth, watching the beach stone curlew’s solitary behaviour in the tidal mud flats.
“There were no other birds visible,” he said
The beach stone curlew could be found in locations including Finlayson’s Point, Mr Barnes said, but because of their shy nature they were becoming harder to find on the mainland.

It wasn’t a handsome bird but still deserved to be the star of its own book, he said.

“The reason I’ve used it as the main character is to help raise its profile and (create) awareness to highlight the issues surrounding its existence, where habitat pressures by man are forcing it to more remote areas of the east coastline of Australia,” he said.

[by Lucy Martin, The Daily Mercury]