I’m always on the lookout for new walking spots around greater Brisbane for those days when I need to stretch my legs and get some fresh air without having a whole lot of free time available. Redland City is part of greater Brisbane although it’s a separate region for local government purposes, it borders Brisbane to the south east and includes the islands of Morton Bay in addition to the Bayside suburbs.
I’d been interested in trying to spot the comb crested Jacana or lotus bird for a while and when I read online that it had been recently seen in this lagoon I’d never heard of before we decided to check it out. Crystal Waters Lagoons are two lagoons with parklands and walking tracks around them in Redland. They can be accessed from Margery Street and there’s plenty of easy street parking available. The comb crested Jacana isn’t as rare as I’d though in the area but it is still difficult to spot and easy to miss. We didn’t see one this day at Crystal Waters but have since seen them at Minnippi and Dowse lagoons.
Crystal Waters is a good urban spot for a walk, to observe the water birds, enjoy a picnic in the well maintained shelters or let the kids run off some energy on the excellent playground.
Birds of Crystal Waters
As a large lagoon Crystal Waters maintains a good water depth and quality during the dry season in South East Queensland when many other water sources for wildlife have dried up. This means you can usually see a good selection of the more familiar water birds and a few of the less common in the area.