Cape Palmerston for a Family Weekend & Rockhampton

Featured Image : Buddy …. The newest member of the Family.


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Our Family Joins us for the weekend

 

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Our Grandkiddies & Buddy
Hello from Rockhampton!!
Everything went really well for the weekend at Cape Palmerston, we had a great time catching up with family.
The weather of course was hot and very windy and also one morning of rain but luckily that cleared and we ended up having a great afternoon.
We didn’t end up going to the National Park as the family have a new addition……a gorgeous Border Collie pup, only 11 weeks old. If we ever get a dog it would be one of these, they are so cute and easy to train and tremendous fun. We let him off the leash on the beach and he never ran off which I think is amazing for such a young pup. You would certainly never get bored with life with one of these gorgeous dogs as company.
We had a great time with the Grandkiddies too, being 8 & 10 now we can have fantastic conversations with them and they are also really good fun to hang out with.

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Three Generations of Bulldog supporters

 

We were so busy though the whole weekend that we really didn’t have much chance for birding. We did see quite a few different shore birds at low tide and Anthony missed out on photos of the Red – tailed Black Cockatoo. There wasn’t much scenery either for videos so I haven’t got much to show either.

 

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Press Play to view Steph’s Video Snips

 

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Stephanie Loves Holidays

 


 

A couple of Dragonflies from the Botanical Gardens at Rocky

 

Rajah Shellducks at Cape Palmerston

 

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Brahminy Kites at Rocky

 

Yesterday we made our way further south to Rockhampton, we picked up our extra 200 kilos of stuff that we had offloaded to a storage shed on the way up the coast. Wow…..that was just a little depressing trying to fit it all in again😩😩
Next off season we will get a storage shed in Stanthorpe and off load there and also maybe sell and give away some stuff that we definitely don’t use anymore.
This morning we visited the Botanical Gardens which is always a nice relaxing place to meander around. There’s a great cafe and also a lagoon with the standard array of ducks, pelicans, stilts, birds of prey etc.

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Female Darter

 

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Pelicans at the Botanical Gardens, Rocky

 

 

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Other Birds

 

We are on the road again tomorrow but haven’t decided yet how far south to go….have to ponder over some maps first and see where we want to be for a few days. So please enjoy the photos and snippets we did manage to get.

Bye for now, Steph and Anthony.

 

 

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A Touch of Bowen

Featured Image – A view over Murray’s Bay – Bowen


 

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Rainbow Lorikeet and Grevillea just works

Well we have had a nice relaxing stay in Bowen. The weather has been fine though a bit too cloudy for the amazing coastal photos that you usually get here. The ocean can look a very light blue and the beaches stunning white on a really clear day without too much wind.

 

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View of Bowen from Flastaff Hill
The coastal walk is great with picturesque outlooks, we were hoping for some birds of prey ‘ flybys’ but weren’t lucky enough.
This afternoon we visited the rivermouth at Queens Beach at low tide and saw quite a few Eastern Curlews, Red- capped Plovers and some other terns and shorebirds so that was really nice.

 

Red-Capped Plover

Red-capped Plover – a joy to photograph, they are sooooo cute

 


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Press play to view Steph’s Video snips of Bowen


 

 

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Eastern Curlew Flyby

Its exciting to be near the coast to capture some amazing shorebirds

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Gull-billed Tern

We visited Mullers Lagoon in the middle of town a few times. There’s always a good variety of water birds here.

We were a bit concerned about the water quality there though……they have signs everywhere warning us humans not to drink the water as it’s ‘ Reclaimed Effluent’ it has a bizarre greenish tint to it.

Of course the birds don’t know that otherwise they wouldn’t be there I guess. We did see 3 dead pelicans there so that took the shine off for us, we don’t know what they died from.

 

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A Nankeen Kestral doing a great balancing act

Some popular birds of Mullers Lagoon

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White-faced Stilt at Mullers Lagoon

Tomorrow we are off to Cape Palmerston, we haven’t been there before so are quite exited to be going somewhere new🤩🤩
The van park is 100 metres from the beach, also a National Park not too far away so hopefully we will have good weather and see lots of critters.
We will also be catching up with Anthony’s son and family…..( my two gorgeous inherited grandchildren ). We don’t get to see them much with our current lifestyle so it’s really great that they are also hitching up their van and coming to spend the weekend with us 😁😁 we will have a great time.

 

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The aptly named Peaceful Doves are difficult not to Photograph
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This Pied ButcherBird held this pose for quite some time … so I abliged
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This Whistling Kite was eying off his evening meal, perched over a roosting Island at Mullers Lagoon

So bye for now and of course enjoy all the pics and video snippets.

Cheers Steph and Anthony.

 

Looks a bit like a Duck head to me

 

 

 

Koh Samui, Thailand. ‘In between Dental appointments’

Featured Image : Fisherman’s Village, Bophut Beach

 

Hin Lat Waterfall

 

Hello again from Cairns…..

We got back from Thailand around lunch time today, it was great to have my sister Denise pick us up, and she did a fine job of looking after our cat Chloe while we were away.

 

Our Breakfast spot… Smile House Restaurant

 

All went extremely well at the Dentist…..
The worry and stress I had invested in this Dental journey were unfounded. As all I got from that was some virus I must have picked up a few days ago🙄🙄
I have had an implant for two years now, and was thinking I would never get the two molars on it, after having two lots of bone grafting done.
Happily, our Dentist, Dr Lee did the moulds and abutment  Wednesday morning, on the Island of Koh Samui, and my nice new molars arrived and were fitted on Friday morning…..
How incredible is that?? Anthony and I also had plenty of fillings done and each a deep clean in that time, amazing.
It probably sounds like our teeth are rotting away in our heads but I think we are like most people, never bother too much with your teeth till you lose a couple, or your gums start hurting real bad then all of a sudden all hell breaks loose.
We can’t say enough good things about Dr Lee at the Dental Home on Koh Samui.
He works there 3 days a week, another two days a week at his surgery in Bangkok and also teaches at the University In Bangkok…..
One very busy and Talented Dentist.

 

Horned Mountain Dragon

 

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Press Play to view Stephanies Video Snipetts

 

 

A very ordinary effort photographing Birds this trip

 

So in between Dental visits we got out and about with our hire car.

This is our third time to the Island so we do have some favourite spots to visit.

The Hin Lat Waterfall is always good for a slow hour and a half of meandering up to the top of the Falls. You never know what you will see.

We have seen a huge array of lizards on this walk, some birds too though they are near impossible to get photos of in the thick rainforest.

Also insects, beautiful butterflies and dragonflies.

You do have to walk slow and really keep your eyes peeled.

 

 

Also little luck with Butterflies

 

We stayed at the Smile House at the Fisherman’s Village so could walk to a huge selection of cafes and restaurants.

The weather was fantastic too though very stormy on our arrival.

 

All very calm above the cloud

 


 

Brown Backed Marsh-Hawk Dragonfly
Scarlet Grenadier Dragonfly

I did a little better with Odonata (Dragon and Damselflies)

 

So now it’s great to be back in our Pod.
We are a bit Jet lagged at present and not really functioning 100%.
Anthony also came down with some Bizarre BUG on the flight home.
So hopefully we can rest up tomorrow before heading back up to Yungaburra on the Tablelands on Monday, via the steep ascend up the Kuranda Range😬😬
Chloe was happy to see us again ( I think ) it’s great to know that we can go overseas for a short time and she is just fine with someone coming to feed her and open her tunnel everyday.
Please enjoy the pics and video.
Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

 

Fisherman’s House Cafe & Hotel …. Best Coffee in Fisherman’s Village. Voted by us