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2012 10 17 Hastings Point Osprey _1This very interesting and enjoyable day began at 6am at the Visitors Information Centre. First stop was Madigan Road Lake at Carrara 40 mins drive from North Tamborine. What a top spot right in the middle of the Gold Coast! Then onto several areas at Tweed Heads, including the Minjungbal Aboriginal Nature Reserve plus a lovely walk, starting in Ukerebagh Nature Reserve, a boardwalk over water in the mangroves.
One corner of the board-walk was a few inches under water at high tide so some shoes were removed when we tip-toed through.
Then on to gorgeous Fingal Head for lunch and a walk to the lighthouse. Best bird of note here was a White Tern flying up Kerosene Inlet. Also of note for Fingal – White-breasted Woodswallow, Osprey, Little Tern, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Oriole, Sacred Kingfisher and Variegated Wren. In the sea below Fingal Headland we saw a turtle, a large Stingray and a pod of dolphins. You never go there without seeing something interesting. George Matthews from Tweed Bird Observers was able to catch up with us here......

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