Monday, June 27, 2011

Black Swan's at Loveday Cove, Cooby Dam 26/06/11

Late Afternoon while going for a walk around Loveday Dove at Cooby Dam, South-East Queensland, I saw a pair of beautiful black swans in the distance going for an afternoon swim.  I only had my little camera on me at the time, but thought that the swans just looked beautiful on the water as the sun was setting - just a beautiful landscape.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Barn Owl - During the Day at Highfields, 23/06/11

Thursday the 23rd of June the children and I were walking to our car that was parked at Highfields, when I noticed a large racket being made by Noisy Minors and Magpies in a nearby large Camphor Laurel Tree. I decided it was too interesting to ignore, so we walked over to take a closer look at what the birds were harassing.  On getting to the tree, it wasn't only Noisy Minors and Magpies, but also Butchebirds, Pied Currawongs, Crows and Blue-Faced Honeyeaters, all bombing something in the thick leaves of the tree.  I was thinking that it possibly was a goanna (lace monitor), but on closer inspection discovered a beautiful Barn Owl trying to rest in the large tree.  The poor thing stood its ground, hardy moving except for on an odd occasion it opened its eyes to glance around at the pesky birds harrasing it while it was trying to sleep.  This is the first Barn Owl that I have seen during the day.  I only had my little camera in my bag, but managed to get a couple of photos when it was looking around.

Barn Owl 23/06/11

Barn Owl with Butcherbird just to the left.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pelican's at Meringandan 19th June 2011

A large group of Australian Pelicans (abt 20) were seen flying above North-Eastern Meringandan on the 19th June 2011.  I certainly have not seen these in the area for quite some time, and not every so many at once. Always a great sight to see these birds - looking a little out of place in the Australian Bush.

Australian Pelican's

Kingsthorpe, South East Queensland, 19th June 2011

Kingsthorpe is always a common place to see many Birds of Prey, thus why the Kingsthorpe Winery named its drop, Wedgetail-Ridge Estate.  Birds of prey seen on the 19th of June were:

Australian Hobby
Wedgetail Eagle - Pair
Black-Shouldered Kite
Nankeen Kestral
1 x Unknown Bird of Prey - too distant to identify.

Australian Hobby

Australian Hobby

Pair of Wedgetailed Eagles in the distance.

Wedgetailed-Eagles. One flying off to the left, one perched on the right.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bullocky's Rest, Pump Hole & Hartmann Park, Crows Nest, Qld, 13/06/2011

The afternoon of the Queens Birthday Long weekend was spent with a picnic and a bush walk along the Apple Gum Walk at Bullocky's Rest, Crows Nest.  What seemed like a relatively small park area, evolves into an amazing walk to the Pump Hole Lookout and then along the river to Hartmann Park.  We enjoyed this walk thoroughly and were very impressed with the upkeep of this park, especially after the floods.  We look forward to returning to do the walk on the opposite side of the creek from Hartmann Park in the near future.  A delightful sight were the red-backed fairy wrens in abundance, along with this gorgeous little pied cormorant (below) happily sunning itself on a dead branch over the water.

Bird List for Bullocky’s Rest – Hartmann Park, Crows Nest, 13/06/11

Pacific Black Duck
Wood Duck
White-faced Heron
Swamp Hen
Dusky Moorhen
Little Pied Cormorant
White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
King Parrot – 4 x Juveniles
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet
Noisy Minor
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Crested Pigeon
Australian Magpie
Pee Wee
Toresian Crow
Pied Currawong
Laughing Kookaburra
Eastern Whipbird
Noisy Friarbird
Red-browed Finch
Red-backed Fairy Wren
Masked Lapwing
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Unknown Small Honeyeater

Little Pied Cormorant

White-faced Heron

Dusky Moorhen

Fantastic to see Nesting Boxes a plenty at Bullocky's Rest.

Old Sign to the Pump Hole

I know... it's Moss on a Rock... but I take photos of what I like!

The Pump Hole - from the Lookout

The Pump Hole - Taken from the Look out.

Coastal Banksia's were a beautiful sight on the opposite side of the river, growing plentifuly amongst blackboys and large stone boulders.


Great old sign on the opposite side of the creek from Hartmann Park.

The Pump Hole

The Pump Hole

Nesting Box - taken over by Termites.