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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meringandan Lake "Tom Volp Park", South East Queensland 25/01/11

A visit today to Tom Volp Park (better known as Meringandan Lake) at Meringandan, South East Queensland proved quite delightful.  While a lot of the area is not easily accessable and there are limited ideal viewing points, this little lake was abundunt with wildlife. Unfortunately there were many Common Indian Myna residing there also.

Identified Bird List from this short visit is as follows:

Coot
Swamp Hen
Australasian Little Grebe
Black Duck
Wood Duck
Red-rumped Parrot
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Superb Blue Fairy Wren (Male & Female)
Chestnut Breasted Mannikin
Brown Honeyeater
Peaceful Dove
Australian Magpie Lark (Pee Wee)
House Sparrow
Common Indian Myna

Brown Honeyeater Nest

Brown Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater on Nest


Dragonfly

House Sparrow

Tom Volp Park - Nesting Boxes

Chestnut Breasted Mannikin


Chestnut Breasted Mannikin

Dragonfly

Swamp Hen

Black Duck (Wood Duck in rear)

Wood Ducks & Black Duck


Coot


Australasian Little Grebe


Coot

Superb Blue Fairy Wren


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toowoomba Floods - 10th January 2011. Photos by B.D Gray.

10th January 2011 was the day of the devastating Toowoomba Floods. Brendon was at work in his office that day and after realizing how much water was coming down, went for a drive and witnessed the devastation of the floods.  These are the photos that he took.





Approaching North St (Heading West)


North Street!!


North Street!!
North Street!!


North St bridge near Mort. Toowoomba.


Isaac St, Toowoomba

North St near Isaac St. White thing is a fridge floating down the street!

Roadblock across Ruthven on Campbell
"Meant to stop people from driving into the water across the road"  See pictures below!!

Ruthven Street near cnr Chalk Drive

Ruthven Street near cnr Chalk Drive

Ruthven Street near cnr Chalk Drive

Ruthven Street near cnr Chalk DriveThe idiot in this 4x4 wagon drove around the road block (with kids in back seat!), into the flooded West creek and came to a rest where he is now. Sat there for about 15mins with motor still running, decided to continue on but got swept away. We lost site of vehicle behind Defiance (building on right). Happy to see on News this same vehicle wedged against building just around corner. B.G.

Looking up Campbel St from Ruthven near "The Spotted Cow".

This is a Manikin washed out into the street from the Lifeline Store - not a person

Bridge Street, Toowoomba

Bridge St, Railway Underpass, Toowoomba




Bridge St, Railway Underpass, Toowoomba

Bridge Street, Toowoomba

Gowrie Creek, looking from Bridge St toward railway bridge behind Foundary

Lake Anand, Toowoomba

Lake Anand, Toowoomba

Lake Anand, Toowoomba





Max Volp Crossing at Meringandan