Lake Redbrook – A Birders Paradise

Featured Image – Parked up in the prime spot.


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Lake Redbrook at Sunrise

Well as you will see by the pics and video, the Wanderingeagles have plonked themselves in absolute bird heaven 😁😁

We are so glad on deciding to drive a little bit further south to Childers.

We have picked avocados in this area quite some years ago and always liked the surrounds here.

We stayed at a different caravan park then but we had heard of this amazing park/ retreat, with a big lake at its doorstep so we we’re pretty keen to have a look.

 

 

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Seeing a Glossy Ibis in the wild for the first time was certainly a highlight for us.
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So we got a few pics

 

 

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The very picturesque Lake Redbrook

 

 

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Royal Spoonbills

 

Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat is incredible.

The owners have created this beautiful oasis in amongst the surrounding sugar cane and other farms so it seems that any bird in this area would surely want to visit here.

 

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Whiskered Terns were continuously patrolling the Lake
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Whiskered Terns

 

 

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Looking over the Lake towards the Retreat

 

They allowed us to park our rig on the marquee site…..usually reserved for weddings etc, which is the prime spot only about 10 metres from the lakes edge.

So while we are enjoying our morning and afternoon cuppochinos we have this amazing birdlife show going on outside our dinette window.

It’s been great waking up to their sounds and we love the frogs chirping away as we go to sleep at night.

 

 

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A Galah taking time out

 

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Golden_headed Cisticola

 

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A pair of Crested Pigeons seemingly enjoying the view

 

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Tree & Fairy Martins were devouring the early morning bugs.

 

 

A pair of Cotton Pygmy Geese

 

 

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Misty Morning
This is definitely a place we are coming back to, and will be staying for longer.
We have never found a bird paradise like this where it’s all at our doorstep, fantastic.
The Owners, Gazza and Shazza made us feel so welcome, they have quite a menagerie going on here.
Miniature Horses, lots of different types of bird breeding, deer and more.
There is so much to look at.

 

 

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Where there’s fresh water you’ll find Purple Swamphens

 

 

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The Sacred Kingfisher always on lookout

 

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Gazza loves his Mistletoebirds 🙂

 

 

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Press Play to view Steph’s Snippets of this Birder’s Paradise

 

 

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Little Black Cormorant’s galore

 

 

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A tranquil setting

 

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A Plumed Egret soaking up the morning sun.

 

 

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Red-backed Fairywren

 

 

More Residents of the Lake

 

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Comb-crested Jacana

 

 

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Gazza’s Historic Settlers Hut

 

 

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Graphic Flutterer Dragonfly

 

 

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A long range shot of a Bustard pair which flew over and landed in the fresh Sugar Cane

 

We did manage to pull ourselves away to visit one of our favourite beaches.

Woodgate Beach is around half an hours drive from here. We didn’t see many birds but it was low tide at the estuary and all the little soldier crabs were out and about en masse…..it was incredible to watch.

We have never seen this before, I took a small video of them. They kept us amused for quite some time.

 


 

 

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A quick departure from the Lake to visit Woodgate Beach where we witnessed thousands of Soldier Crabs marching along the beach

 

 

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Press Play to view Steph’s ‘Soldier Crab’ Snippets


 

We leave tomorrow and head down to the Sunshine Coast which will be very very busy, a big change from the beautiful serenity here.

Please enjoy Anthony’s amazing photos, and check out my videos,

Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

 


 

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Catch and Release Fishing is also popular here. Gazza got a nice Barra this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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

 

 

 

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