Paluma & the Coast (featuring the Golden Bowerbird)

Featured Image : The Golden Bowerbird of Paluma.


 

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The View from a Lookout at Paluma
Greetings from the Crystal Creek Caravan Park!! ( at the foot of the Paluma Range).
Well this is certainly the place to base yourself if you want to explore the area.
It’s only 20 kms up to Paluma, there is a very steep narrow range road to traverse and after our last visit two months ago I swore I wouldn’t go up there again. The road is fine but seems to attract a few ‘wallies’.
Being a Monday we thought we would be relatively safe and it was fine, we only passed a few cars up and down so that was a bonus. Anthony of course only had one thing on his mind……The Golden Bowerbird.
We have been looking and looking for a few years now and never seem to be in the right place at the right time but this morning all the stars aligned and as soon as we saw the bower….with a gorgeous male sitting out the front doing some decorating…..we knew we were in for a treat…Things got even better when another male flew in attempting a Bower takeover.
It was pretty much action packed for at least the two hours that we were there. We got some great photos and video……they weren’t bothered by us at all as they were so busy trying to outshine each other, chase each other and also the occasional dive bomb each other. We only fleetingly saw a female come in and they both reacted straight away…like it was ‘Showtime’.🤩🤩
We never saw either of the males go back down to the bower which was a shame as we would have liked some pics of the decorating but we couldn’t have asked for a better day, we couldn’t believe our luck.
We also managed to walk around 5 kms through the beautiful rainforest to a couple of lookouts and a little creek/ waterfall. Also of course Birthday Creek falls where the Bowerbirds are.

 

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The Gorgous Golden Bowerbird

 

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The 2 metre Bower adorned with Lichen

 

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Press Play to View Steph’s Snippets of the Golden Bowerbird

 

 

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Another quite difficult bird to Photograph is this Male Chowchilla

Birthday Creek Falls & Cloudy Creek, Paluma

 


 

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The tiny Red-capped Plover at Balgal Beach

Today’s events have overshadowed yesterday’s which was also a great day. We arrived here earlyish and even though it was super hot drove off to visit Rollingstone and Balgal Beach. These are both good places to see lots of birds. The fish and chips at the Fisherman’s Landing are pretty good too.

 

 

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Balgal Beach Landing
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Can you spot the tiny Red-capped Plover

Great habitat at the creek at Rollingstone

 

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Press Play to view Steph’s Video Snippets of Rollingsone & Balgal Beach

 

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The always inquisitive White-browed Robin
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Rainbow Bee-eater
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Brown-backed Honeyeater

Anyway it’s certainly been an action packed couple of days, tomorrow we are off to Bowen so we hope our luck with the birds continues.

Our new front legs on the van work perfectly so that sure is a relief.

Bye for now and enjoy the pics and videos,

Cheers Steph and Anthony.


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Stephanie Loves her Skinks

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell Tyto Wetlands & Ingham Region

Featured Image: Male Darter preparing for take-off


 

Comb-crested Jacana leaping through the Lilies at Tyto

 

Hello again from Ingham!!
The last week has just flown by, we have been out and about most of those days as the weather has been good though it’s really starting to warm up now so I’m glad we are heading south.

Graphic Flutterer Dragonfly (above) and Tropical Rockmaster Damselfly

 

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We find it difficult to walk pass these gorgous Crimson Finches without taking a photo. These are our favorite shots of these critters whilst at Tyto Wetlands. (Top: Male, Centre: Female, Bottom: Immature Male)

 

Our front legs for the van arrived mid week and Anthony didn’t have too much trouble fitting them though it appears there is some very small ( hopefully minor ) piece missing. He did give the legs a go and all seems ok though we have ordered this little missing piece and will be picking it up in Rockhampton on the way south.


Flying Foxes at Ingham Botanical Gardens. We think its a great attraction for Ingham. Sadly the majority of locals (as always) don’t feel the same.

 

Rufous Whistler’s (Male above and Female below)

 

 

A couple of Snaps from Taylor’s Beach. (Clockwise from Top: Osprey, Immature Red-capped Plover, Gull-billed Tern, Immature Crested Tern)

 

 

As usual we have put off some much needed maintenance that we really have to do today as tomorrow we are off to Crystal Creek. From there all our trips will be very quick, only a couple of nights at stops along the way. Of course we will be in nature as much as possible, there is nowhere else we would rather be.

 


The very secretive White-browed Crake (above) and Buff-banded Rail (below)

 

 

“Snakes” ….. What snakes

 

Please enjoy our last photos and video of this area, oh and guess who spotted that gorgeous Carpet Python way up in a tree….😊😊
Cheers Steph and Anthony.

Carpet Python waiting for its next meal at Tyto

Wildlife of Tyto Wetlands

Featured Image : 2 metre Salt Water Crocodile on the banks of a lagoon

 

Whistling Kite

 

A Whistling Kite watching our every move


 

Well things have been going really well in Ingham!!
Tyto Wetlands has been alive with birdlife every day, we have been doing a morning lap…..back to the pod for lunch, then out again late afternoon.
The afternoon light on the first lagoon is fantastic for photos, lots of birds are dipping in for a bath so you can just stand on the little bridge and watch all the action.

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A very pretty Yellow Honeyeater in the late afternoon light
Brown-backed Honeyeater

 

There has also been plenty of croc action too…

We always knew there was one saltwater crocodile in the lagoons….somewhere…..but had never sighted him …. until now.

There is the original big boy, at around 4 metres, that we have seen most days and also the smaller one in the first lagoon is around 2 metres .

He has been putting on a show, and never ventures too far from his slide on the bank, and he seems incredibly hungry.

Nearly every time we spot him he is eating something.

One day a big fish, then a huge Eel and yesterday we couldn’t work out what on earth he was eating then we realised it was a big fruit bat, and seemed to have a bit of trouble getting those rubbery wings down.

 

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Crocs of Tyto

 

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This large Male Agile Wallaby didn’t seem to mind the Willie Wagtail hitching a ride.

 

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Crimson Finches are in abundance at present, always hard to walk past without taking a pic.

 

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As too are the gorgous Red-backed Fairywrens.

 

We haven’t seen any unusual birds but it’s great to see all the locals again. Lots of birds are nesting so it’s a very busy time.

 

 

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The Wandering Whistling ducks are a nice site on the lagoons.

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With the weather starting to heat up, it brings back a few Dragonflies.

 

 

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This Plumed Egret settles down for the evening after a big feed (below)

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This Pacific Baza (Crested Hawk) was a welcome sighting.

 

 

A few more Bird sightings

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A Brown-backed Honeyeater on one of the many Lotus Flowers that adorn Tyto Wetlands

 

 

We are still waiting for our new front legs for the van to arrive….
They are coming from Victoria, which always seems to take forever.
Hopefully they come in the next few days.
We had already pre booked some parks ahead so have had to cancel everything for now. And also don’t want to rush back to work which is looming for the start of November.
They still haven’t had any rain in the Stanthorpe area so things are very grim there.
We still have plenty of places we want to check out on the way south so hopefully we can get on the road again soon.
Enjoy the pics and videos.
Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

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Krefft’s Turtle …. another Tyto Local

Leaving Yungaburra and heading south

Featured Image : Nankeen Night Heron Staring us down at Hasties Swamp.

 

 

Victoria's Riflebirds

Victoria’s Riflebird Display at Wongabel State Forest

 

 

Greetings from Ingham 🤩
We almost didn’t leave Yungaburra yesterday morning 😬😬
After packing up we started lifting the van to get it hitched onto the truck.  It didn’t go up very far……
The new 12 volt motor we had just installed was making the same weird clicking noises as the old one, so were just a little bit concerned..
And then a very loud bang!! The van fell a bit on the right side as obviously something drastic happened with that landing leg.
Luckily the left leg held so we quickly got the truck jack and blocks of timber to support the right side.
We really thought we were well and truly grounded yet again but realised the left leg still went up and down, so by juggling that and raising the jack to keep the van even, we could still hitch up.
We couldn’t get it quite high enough but dropped the air out of the back suspension on the truck and woohoo it just squeezed in.
Of course when we got here to Ingham we had to reverse that procedure so now we have lots of bits and pieces coming from Melbourne.
We think the left leg is ok but decided not to mess around and just get both legs with all the bells and whistles attached.

Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo
Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo at Wongabel

Black-faced Monarch at Yungaburra
Black-faced Monarch at Tinaburra

 

 

We did see the Male Riflebird again in the Wongabel forest before we left Yungaburra and Anthony got a ok photos but he was very high in the trees.
My Sister Denise and her hubby Mark were with us at the time and she is a whiz bang at spotting tree kangaroos so we also got some nice pics there.
It was a bit sad to leave that area as we get quite settled in Yungaburra but who knows….. maybe next year we will head up that way again.

 

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Another Tree Kangaroo from Wongabel

 

 

So there aren’t many photos and sorry, no video this time but hopefully we have a productive week here.

Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

 

 

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Dragon/Damselflies have been in very short supply, hopefully Tyto will be teaming with them.

Here is an Orange Threadtail Damselfly 

Still Birding up in the Atherton Tablelands

Featured Image : Rufous Fantail

 

 

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Certainly a prize bird for this region

Victoria’s Riflebird

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Press Play to View a snippet of our day at Lake Barrine


 

Tick tock tick tock……how time flies. It’s hard to believe another week plus has flown by so quickly.

We have been out and about pretty much every day. We keep doing the rounds of all our little hotspots, which is fantastic fun though some places have their little pitfalls.

Like Lake Barrine…..every time we visit, which is very often, we can’t pass up the award winning scones 🙄🙄 which is usually in the morning.

One day it took us around 4 hours to walk the 5 km circuit around the lake so of course we had to have lunch there as well.

So we are putting on some weight but figure when we get back to work on our shaking cherry pickers in Stanthorpe it will all miraculously melt away again.

 

 

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Just love the bright yellow plumage of the Northern Male Figbird

 

 

 

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I can never resist photographing a Pale-Yellow Robin

The weather hasn’t been the best really.

We had some hot days last week and all the birds and bugs seemed to be more abundant and then the weather turned back to almost wintery conditions.

I had to have my jumper on the last few days in the rainforests…..very chilly.

I don’t think the birds like it much either. This morning it’s drizzling so hopefully the sun pops out a bit later.

 

 

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The Peircing stare of a Spangled Drongo

 

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Press Play to view a short snippet of Hasties Swamp, Atherton

 

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Nankeen Night Heron

Plumed Egret and Friends

 

We are trying our best to get more photos and video of the male Victoria’s Riflebird.
He is just amazing to watch when he starts displaying.
We found a great broken tree stump in the Wongabel Forest with the male sitting on top.
He did start to display a little, a female did come through and he took off after her but did stay in the area so we are keen to go back when the sun comes out and try again for some Wow pics and video.

 

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Female Rufous Whistler

 

More Rainforest Birds

 

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Curtain Fig Tree

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Wongabel State Forest

 

Curtain Fig Tree at Yungaburra

 

We are coming up to our last weekend in this area so will have to start heading south again next week, but there will be plenty of nature stops along the way. Enjoy all the pics and videos.

Cheers Steph and Anthony.

 

 

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A not so nervous Yellow-footed Antechinus on the track at Lake Eacham