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.
The Gorgous Golden Bowerbird
The 2 metre Bower adorned with Lichen
Please enjoy this slide show
Press Play to View Steph’s Snippets of the Golden Bowerbird
Birthday Creek Falls & Cloudy Creek, Paluma
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.
Great habitat at the creek at Rollingstone
Press Play to view Steph’s Video Snippets of Rollingsone & Balgal Beach
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.
Would you believe we woke this morning to perfect blue skies??? Very lucky ……so we quickly had our morning cappuccinos with my sister Denise and her hubby Mark, packed our camera gear and headed up to Paluma which is about 1 hours drive from here (Bluewater).
The 20 km winding range road is a bit hairy as it’s so narrow and we have the big wide dual wheeled F truck, which is really not made for narrow windy roads. We stopped at Little Crystal Creek on the way up which is a really beautiful spot with the old stone bridge and great picnic areas…..very picturesque. Then drove through the small mountaintop town of Paluma and on a dirt road out to Birthday Creek Falls and the Paluma Dam.
We know where there’s a Golden Bowerbird bower and were really hoping to get some good photos etc. Well we were lucky enough to get some glimpses and their call is unmistakable but they proved very very elusive for us to get a photo. Well done Mark for capturing the above image.
I got some video snippets but not very good, I think they spotted us very quickly…. I don’t think my bright blue jacket and bright red backpack helped….ooops. We only saw them once, the boys had flashes on their cameras and maybe they didn’t like that either but we sat there near the bower for 4 hours and never saw them again.
We may need to get a bit more sneaky in future, maybe even get one of those collapsible bird hides, that would have been perfect there.
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The drive down the range was more hairy than going up, people seem a little crazy, no one likes slowing down and pulling over a little to pass each other, we all breathed a sigh of relief when we got to the bottom.
It was very quiet on the bird front, hardly heard a peep all day, they did have a huge amount of rain here though so maybe that had some sort of effect. We still had a good day though, it’s always good getting out in nature.