In search of the (elusive) Golden Bowerbird… Paluma, Nth Queensland

 

Would you believe we woke this morning to perfect blue skies??? Very lucky ……so we quickly had our morning cappuccinos with my sister Denise and her hubby Mark, packed our camera gear and headed up to Paluma which is about 1 hours drive from here (Bluewater).

The 20 km winding range road is a bit hairy as it’s so narrow and we have the big wide dual wheeled F truck, which is really not made for narrow windy roads. We stopped at Little Crystal Creek on the way up which is a really beautiful spot with the old stone bridge and great picnic areas…..very picturesque. Then drove through the small mountaintop town of Paluma and on a dirt road out to Birthday Creek Falls and the Paluma Dam.


Golden Bowerbird (Photo courtesy of Mark Stanley)
We know where there’s a Golden Bowerbird bower and were really hoping to get some good photos etc. Well we were lucky enough to get some glimpses and their call is unmistakable but they proved very very elusive for us to get a photo. Well done Mark for capturing the above image.
I got some video snippets but not very good, I think they spotted us very quickly…. I don’t think my bright blue jacket and bright red backpack helped….ooops. We only saw them once, the boys had flashes on their cameras and maybe they didn’t like that either but we sat there near the bower for 4 hours and never saw them again.
We may need to get a bit more sneaky in future, maybe even get one of those collapsible bird hides, that would have been perfect there.

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The drive down the range was more hairy than going up, people seem a little crazy, no one likes slowing down and pulling over a little to pass each other, we all breathed a sigh of relief when we got to the bottom.
It was very quiet on the bird front, hardly heard a peep all day, they did have a huge amount of rain here though so maybe that had some sort of effect. We still had a good day though, it’s always good getting out in nature.
Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

Birding at Townsville Common

Looking back at Castle Hill from the Common

Well the last blog seems like ages ago and we really haven’t done much. The weather did turn nasty so we have been making our way slowly north but of course travelling on the Bruce Highway is very busy and pretty much featureless if you ask me. Maybe the inland roads would be a better way for us to go🙄🙄

“Gotta Scratch” Rainbow Bee-eaters.

We are now just north of Townsville at Bluewater and even though it was raining yesterday morning we decided to drive back past the city and check out The Townsville Common.

The rain did stop and the sun did poke out enough to get some fantastic bird photos. It’s a great place where you could really walk your socks off……plenty of wetlands, saw an osprey nest and a sea eagle nest plus lots of different birds. Mostly they were in the tops of the trees so Anthony missed out on a lot of photos too. I’m sure the bird species list would be quite impressive for this area.
Had a great day, athough the drive is an hour one way from out here.
Maybe next time we could find a van park closer.

Alway exciting to see a Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)

The van park here also has a little creek with paperbarks, pandanus trees etc, very picturesque and we have spotted a few birds and bugs around too. There always generally is something to get a photo off when in these little pockets of nature.

Forrest Kingfisher checking us out

Slender Skimmer Dragonly

Tomorrow…..fingers crossed…..we will drive up the range to Paluma. A beautiful spot too but the weather doesn’t look promising but will give it a go.

Cheers Steph and Anthony.

Black and white Tiger Butterfly

Cania Gorge Pt. 2

Our camp at Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat

Hello Everyone, sorry we have been out of touch, but things have been happening…….

We towed our van back to Cania Gorge for 4 nights to relax a bit after our disaster.

Meanwhile, my sister (Denise) and her hubby Mark  had bought a bus which they picked up from the Sunshine Coast the same day we went in for repairs.

We decided to all meet up at the Gorge which was fantastic as they also had a hectic time leaving the coast in torrential rain and having a few glitches with the bus on the way…..

They were also very keen to just relax a bit in a beautiful quiet place.

Colourful rock formations

 

Upper 2 story cave entrance

Mark also has a big lens camera, so the competition was on as to who could get the best photo.

It was great fun and we also did a lot of hiking around the Gorge and as you can see by the photos and video it certainly is a magical spot.

 

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With Denise, Mark and his Big Kahuna
We are now in Rockhampton, where we hired a small storage space and offloaded as much weight as we could. We will have to pick everything up again of course on the way back but it will be a bit of piece of mind knowing we are around 200 kg lighter.
Yes it’s hard to believe we carry around so much stuff but most of it is for work, plus our canoe, lawnmower (yes you read right “lawnmower”), hundreds of DVD’s etc etc 🙄🙄

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A Pacific Baza (aka Crested Hawk) snacking above our heads

 

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Golden Whistler

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It’s nice and warm here but there’s rain looming.

Tomorrow will be the worst and this park is booked out so we will have to move on, it’s a different noisy world in these big places that’s for sure, give me the small country places any day.

So bye for now and will update as we head north.

Steph and Anthony.

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Sheathed-tailed Micro insectivorous Bats are found in this region