Massive Pelican Rookery at Kilcowera Station

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 09:18
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Massive Pelican rookery at Kilcowera Station. In the past the RAMSAR listed Lake Wyara has supported huge populations of pelicans, black swans, cormorants, terns, ducks and many other species and right now is no exception.

Lake Wyara has been slowly filling over the last 12 months and while it is no where near full it has sufficient water in it to entice many thousands of pelicans back to breed. It is a truly memorable sight and sound in this remote location on the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station. Guided tours to view the rookery are available.

Seasonal conditions have continued to improve on the station and the birds are making the most of it. Flocks of Major Mitchell cockatoos are regularly seen from the accommodation at the Shearers Quarters. See the avenue shaped bower of the spotted Bower bird. A hide has been erected near a tiny little water hole very close to the quarters.

There are self guided tours around the property with maps and information provided, walking tracks and many little roads and tracks to various interesting birding hot spots.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 09:29

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 09:29
Was talking to a volunteer at the Air sea rescue at Jacobs well (just north of Gold Coast) yesterday and he said they normally have around 12 pelicans at the boat ramp.
Lately there are only two, and I said they are probably grandmothers and not into breeding.



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Reply By: DIO - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 10:00

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 10:00
Seems as though the drought is having a significant impact on pelican breeding. Link
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:56

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:56
Sounds very interesting Z, but where is this place? TAS NT certainly not in dry old SA. QLD perhaps?

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Follow Up By: zenonie - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 14:13

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 14:13
You silly goose K, it's in SW Qld (but u were on the right track ) have a look at their website. Z
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 17:04

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 17:04
Mate,
If I was a goose I could have followed the flock!
It helps if you give a few clues.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 17:15

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 17:15
Agreed - but it's the first hit on Google:

Kilcowera Station

although at $30 per night camping they may not attract too many?

Is it your station Zenonie?

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Follow Up By: zenonie - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:12

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:12
Mike I have a great interest in Kilcowera it's a fascinating place. The $30 a night does give the visitor access to all the station facilities, self guided tours, maps and information and interaction with the owners.
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Reply By: kennym - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 18:45

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 18:45
I was out that way last August and Lake Wyara and Numerella were both empty. They certainly would be site if the did fill. Would be interested to hear were you are getting your info on the lake levels?? I see Currawinya National Park is closed at the moment.
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Follow Up By: zenonie - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:16

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:16
I quite regularly fly over both lakes and around the local country side, so get a pretty good look around.Lake Numalla is chockers at the mo.
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