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Monday, April 25, 2011

Texas Historic Rabbit Factory - April 2011

Photos of the Texas Historic Rabbit Factory Building, taken in April 2011.  While I am not one for eating rabbit, I loved the doors on this old building and the history it has in this small rural town.  J.G.











Texas Qld 22/04/11-24/04/11

Our Easter Weekend was spent  Camping/Fishing and Birdwatching at the Dumaresq River, Texas South- East Queensland on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, This river had taken a fair thrashing with the January Floods and there was a large amount of evident dammage to trees including a large amount of farming materials that had been washed into trees.  Despite this, there was still abundant birdlife. The highlight sightings of this trip for me were that of the Azure Kingfisher (pair) and the Plum-headed Finch and the White-Plumed Honeyeater, all first sightings for me.  The Azure Kingfishers were an absolute delight to watch, diving in and out of the river, what a stunning sight they are.

Azure Kingfisher
Our Bird List for the Easter weekend is as follows:


Texas Bird List - Easter 2011

  1. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (pair)
  2. Brahminy Kite (1)
  3. Wedge-tailed Eagle (1)
  4. Brown Falcon (1, seen twice)
  5. Azure Kingfisher (Pair)
  6. Laughing Kookaburra
  7. Noisy Friarbird
  8. White-Winged Chough
  9. Pee-Wee (Magpie Lark)
  10. Butcherbird
  11. Australian Magpie
  12. Red Browed Finch
  13. Plum-Headed Finch
  14. Superb Blue Wren - Females & Juvenilles
  15. Jacky Winter
  16. Striated Pardalote
  17. Willy Wagtail
  18. Rufous Whistler
  19. White-Plumed Honeyeater
  20. Rainbow Lorikeet
  21. Scaley-Breasted Lorikeet
  22. Little Lorikeet
  23. Red-Rumped Parrot
  24. Pale-headed Rosella
  25. Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
  26. Little Corella
  27. Pied Cormorant
  28. Great Egret
  29. Wood Duck
  30. Peaceful Dove
  31. Apostlebird
  32. ?Unknown Small Bird (to be identified)


Butterflies:

  1. Wanderer
  2.  Lesser Wanderer
  3. Orchard Swallowtail


Fish:

  1. Freshwater Catfish (Dewfish)
  2. Spangled Perch
  3. Murray Cod
  4. European Carp (Removed and disposed of)








Plum-Headed Finch


Dumaresq River, Texas

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo



White-Bellied Sea Eagles

Striated Pardalote

Noisy Friarbirds

The only photo that wasn't totally blury of the pair of Azure Kingfishers.


Little Corella's

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cooby Dam, South East Queensland 13/04/11

Noisy Friar Bird

White Faced Heron

Female Superb Blue Wren

Double-barred Finch


Noisy Friar Bird

Rainbow Lorikeets



 Cooby Dam, South-East Queensland

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Botany Bay Diamond Weevil - Cabarlah, South East Queensland

Hubby Disovered this beautiful "beetle" on a plant at a Nursery a Cabarlah, South East Queensland. After checking my trusty identification book, discovered that it is a "Botany Bay Diamond Weevil" and they feed on Wattles. Great find and a new sighting for us.