Noosa Botanical Gardens : Re-visited

Featured Image : Blue-face Honeyeater in Jacaranda.


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One of the many beautiful settings at the Gardens

 

Greetings from Pomona!
We have been sitting at the Pomona Showgrounds for almost a week now which is becoming probably our favourite place to hang out when visiting family down this way.
It’s just north of the Sunshine Coast, a bit of a drive when going visiting but it’s a great little town well away from the madness of the coast.
Catching up with everyone has been great and kept us quite busy, so we haven’t had much time to get out and about into nature.

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This Graphic Flutterer (above and below) put on quite a show

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Today was our last chance so we visited the Noosa Botanical Gardens which is only about 10 minutes drive from here. We visited here back in June when we were heading north but there wasn’t that much birdlife around.

 

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Press Play to view Stephanie’s Video Snippets of the Gardens and wildlife


 

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Little Wattlebird’s also loved Jacaranda

Whipbirds

 

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Well today it was just teeming with birds 😁😁 We did a morning shift and then after a break and a snooze we went back this afternoon, just fantastic. We saw a few new birds and the big carpet python laying on the banks of a small pond was an added bonus. It looks like he must have eaten a large bird or maybe a bat as you could see something sticking out on his side….maybe the legs of something….

 

 

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This Blue-faced Honeyeater was very photogenic with the Jacaranda Backdrop

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Juvenile and Immature BF Honeyeaters (Below)

 

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Australian Emerald in motion.

 

So we have had a great time in this area and would love to stay a bit longer but work is calling so we have to keep moving on closer to Stanthorpe.

 

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Female Eastern Koel

 

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Tomorrow we will head up the range to Toowoomba Showgrounds for the weekend and catch up with the last of our maintenance jobs. We are praying that the weather is nice to us as we really need to get a coat of polish on the van. A huge job that we have been putting off for a while. We are also hoping to visit Redwood Park again, our favourite birding place while in Toowoomba. So please enjoy the pics and video.

Cheers Steph and Anthony.


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Sedge Frog

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Press Play to view Steph’s latest Video Snips

 

 

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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Press Play to view a bit of Croc action

 

 

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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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Press Play to view Stephanie’s Video snippets of Tyto

 

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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

Back up in the Southern Tablelands

Featured Image – Pied Monarch (Adult Male)

 

Male Cains Birdwing
(Male) Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
Well all is just fantastic in our little world……
We are almost healthy again. I don’t know about anyone else but I must say whenever I get even the inkling of a sore throat I think I’ve come down with some deadly virus and probably the stress of that makes me go downhill even quicker.
But whatever we both had went on it’s way pretty quickly ( thank god ) and maybe I shouldn’t read the news so much….the stuff about viruses anyway. Watching the movie “ Contagen” on the way home on the plane didn’t help either😳😳
It certainly hasn’t stopped us getting out and about. It was great coming back to Yungaburra, we are even in the same van site as last time with the same neighbours we had last time, so it really was a bit like “coming home”.

 

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Juvenile Lovely Fairywren

Lovely Fairywrens

 

 

 

Gorgeous Green Ring-tail Possum with ultra cute Bub

 

 

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Press Play to view Steph’s Video Snippets

 


 

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Here I was wishing This (Adult male) Victoria’s Riflebird would hop down lower in the tree for a better Shot

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At that moment, to our amazement he dropped the fruit and followed it to the ground.

Life in Nature is soooooo good.

 

 

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The Apprentice

This Immature Victoria’s Riflebird is certainly not yet ‘dressed to impress’ a female, However is giving it a good go.

 

We have been very lucky with our wildlife spotting as you can see by the pics and

video……absolutely amazing. Many birds on our bucket list have just been appearing

before our eyes. Of course we are putting ourselves in the best places to see these

amazing animals.

 

 

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Graphic Flutterer Dragonfly

A Medley of Flutterers

 

 

 

Pied Monarch (Bucket List Bird)

Very Excited to finally photograph this stunning Bird at Lake Eacham

 

 

 

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Echidna           Always excited to see these amazing creatures.

 

 

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Grey Headed Robin

Rainforest Birds

The Golden Bowerbird is a story in itself. (Pictured above)
It’s the same bower at Mount Hypipamee where we got chased away by a very aggressive rather large male Cassowary two years ago. Terrifying I know but that was a while ago now and I mean….what are the chances of having another run in…plus we will really keep our eyes peeled.
So we found the bower and to our delight it has been worked on…lots of nice new mossy wallpaper, we heard the male bowerbird’s very loud distinctive chatter so settled down ready with camera and video in anticipation and then out of the corner of my eye I saw a big black shadow, quickly looked through my binoculars and saw the blue head of that monster cassowary heading our way…yikes….you’ve never seen us move so quick, we were out of there in a flash.
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Fresh lichen adorns the Bower of a Golden Bowerbird
After we settled down a bit, and the monster didn’t come out and chase us down the road, we decided we could sneak back later and just keep an eye out for him, pretty brave aren’t we🙄.
Well we did just that and never saw the Cassowary again, Anthony got a photo of what at first we thought was the female but turns out it’s a immature male without his adult colours yet ( this can take up to 7 years ).
A quick snap of the said “Blue Headed Monster”
We stayed for quite some time and never saw another Bowerbird come in and also we heard a horror story from another birder, that the adult pair that were at this site had been poached last year. Also some other pairs have been taken from other well know locations so that is pretty upsetting but as with all wildlife, if it’s pretty or has a nice voice or is rare, it sadly has a price tag on its head. We feel we are very fortunate to be able to see these amazing creatures while it’s still possible.

 

 

Grassland Birds

 

 

 

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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Lake Tinaroo

 

Other Birds

We have another week or so in this beautiful area so will get out as much as possible, there is a lot more action out in the rainforests now that the weather has warmed up. Please enjoy the pics and video.

Cheers and bye for now, Steph and Anthony.

 

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A good day for the Green Tree Snake … But sadly not so good for the Frog