Well we have been back in Stanthorpe for a week now and back at work thinning apples for 4 days.
Thinning must be one of the most boring jobs on planet earth but we don’t mind it. We get into a really good routine where we work 6 days a week with Sundays off which is today..hooray 🤩🤩 We also manage to have a little power nap under the apple trees after lunch which is always rewarding, so peaceful just listening to the birds and the wind through the trees.
We will be doing this now till the end of January, then we will be picking the apples which is much more fun but longer hours.
We realised today that after shopping, cleaning etc we had a few hours spare to go and visit Quart Pot creek in town. It’s only down the road from the van park we are in so nice and very close.
We have been there many times before but the light down there this afternoon was just spectacular for photos. We were quite surprised to see some green grass and the creek itself looked ok considering they are in a severe drought here. They did get a downpour a few weeks ago so that was great news.
Sadly there has also been a few bushfires close to the town and on our way to work which is just horrible to see this beautiful place so scorched. We have been coming back now for 5 years so even though we have a house on wheels, this is like coming home for us. We love the town and surrounds and the people are very friendly here.
More Pacific Black Ducks
Hardheads (male on top)
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We will try our best to visit the creek on our Sundays off as it’s teeming with birdlife at the moment, it’s probably one of the few places around with a good water supply so we are just praying for some rain. Please enjoy the pics and I took a small video of the creek.
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.
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 😃😃
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!!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
A pair of Cotton Pygmy Geese
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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The Majestic Black Swan
More Residents of the Lake
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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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,
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.
View south from Flagstaff 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.
Red-capped Plover – a joy to photograph, they are sooooo cute
Red-Capped Plover on the hunt
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Its exciting to be near the coast to capture some amazing shorebirds
Little Tern (Breeding Adult)
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.
Pelicans Synchronised Fishing
Plumed Whistling Ducks
Straw-necked Ibis Flyby
Some popular birds of 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.
So bye for now and of course enjoy all the pics and video snippets.
Featured Image : 2 metre Salt Water Crocodile on the banks of a lagoon
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.
A very pretty Yellow Honeyeater in the late afternoon light
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
Thislarge Male Agile Wallaby didn’t seem to mind the Willie Wagtail hitching a ride.
Crimson Finches are in abundance at present, always hard to walk past without taking a pic.
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.
The Wandering Whistling ducks are a nice site on the lagoons.
With the weather starting to heat up, it brings back a few Dragonflies.
Colorful Blue-tail Damselfly
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
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.