Redwood Park – Featuring the Regent Bowerbird

Featured Image : Regent Bowerbird.


Black faced Monarch
These Black-faced Monarchs seemed Plentiful here today.
Regent Bowerbird
Here’s another pic of this stunning Bowerbird

 

Well…Surprise..Surprise, still no polish on the van. The Showgrounds here at Toowoomba are very open and it’s blowing a gale. This morning we woke to the dreaded Drizzle plus it’s so much cooler here than on the coast. We were deciding what we were going to do for the day and Voila……the sun started peeking out just a little bit 🤩🤩

So we had to make an executive decision,,, off to Redwood Park we went.

It’s about a 20 minute drive back down the range so we didn’t want to waste our time if it was going to be raining.

 

Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo also in the Erythrina Blossom.

 

Regent Bowerbird
Just one more ….. he’s checking us out

 

We have never seen the park so dry, and were very worried about the wildlife there, as the little creek that we thought was maybe spring fed had also dried up, and has been for quite some time.

We didn’t hear much birdlife either, but as we came past the picnic area we saw a couple of flowering trees….and lots of bird activity around them.

Thank god the little birdies have got something to eat.

The first bird Anthony spotted was the Regent Bowerbird, we just couldn’t believe our luck, and feeding on the nectar of this beautiful flowering type of Coral Tree. Lucky Lucky us 😃😃


Double-barred Finch
This little Double-barred finch was happy to pose for us on the track

 

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Oops … I lied 🙂 This time adopting the standard bird pose for the camera.

 

We got some great photos and video…..to see the colours on this bird is incredible, it must be one of the most stunning birds in Australia.
There were other birds too, the Lewins Honeyeater was very plentiful and a Spangled Drongo came in to feed on the nectar as well.
You learn something new every day…. and today we learned that bowerbirds and drongo’s feed on nectar. Amazing hey!!

Eastern Yellow Robin
You don’t walk far through this Park without seeing a Yellow Robin.

 

Regent Bowerbird
Ready to jump in

 

We met some nice local ladies walking their dogs so we got chatting.
They told us there was a small trickle of water still coming out of the mountain further up, so off we went.
We weren’t expecting it to be so steep, it took around 30 minutes of climbing and we found a great spot for the wildlife to get some water and a few little pools for the birds to bathe so that made us really happy.
We saw quite a few of the usual birds around here (Double-barred Finches, Honeyeaters, Monarchs etc.) but they were very nervous, we tried to sit quietly for a while but they didn’t like us there.
We couldn’t get any photos or video and didn’t want to disturb them too much plus it was getting on a bit and cuppochino o’clock was calling. We saw a few lizards too so we are so glad we ventured out today.

White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater

 

 

Regent Bowerbird
A nice Honeyeater Pose (not bad for a Bowerbird)

 

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Press Play to view Stephanie’s Snippets from today


 

Hopefully tomorrow the wind eases off so we can do the polishing, otherwise we will miss the boat as we are really running out of time.
Stanthorpe is on severe water restrictions so we won’t be able to wash the Van or Truck there for quite sometime, plus we will be busy working and then nothing gets done.
Please enjoy the amazing photos Anthony got today and of course my little video snippets.
Bye for now Steph and Anthony.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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