Friday, January 20, 2012

Wappa Dam (Blackall Range) 16/01/12

We took a drive along the Blackall Range to Wappa Dam, it is the main water supply for Maroochy Shire and a really picturesque place.  While it was raining we did spot plenty of beautiful water birds and wildlife (despite me forgetting the big camera!  These few pics were taken on my little point and shoot).

The Kids at  the waters edge of Wappa Dam, Blackall Range, Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

These two domestic ducks/geese followed us while we were walking around the grounds at Wappa Dam.


Tawny Frogmouth

Frogmouth - this one looks a little different to the usual Tawnys that we see, is it possibly a marbled or just a juvenile?
Waterbirds galore all lined up on the railing above the dam spillway.

Nankeen Night Heron - well hidden in a tree at Wappa Dam.

Nankeen Night Heron

Mapelton Lily Ponds in the Rain, 15/01/12

Mapelton Lily Ponds - Late Afternoon 15.01.12 J.G.
Our visit to Mapelton in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland was met with constant rain, so there are not many phototgraphs from this trip and limited bird sightings to say the least!  Here are a few photos from the Mapelton Lily Ponds.  These ponds were once a swamp land that had been littered with rubbish, until being "rejuvenated" by a local family.  {Click HERE for a local news article with more info on the revamping of the Lilyponds}

{Mapleton, which was settled in 1888, is the most northern of the villages on the Blackall Range, and the first one you come through when coming from Nambour. The area is renowned for its forests, walks and views. The Mapleton Falls have a sheer drop of 120m, and the viewing platform opens up a magnificent vista of the Mary Valley. Mapleton Falls National park is home to rare native flora and fauna with walks through breathtaking eucalypt forest and rainforest.}

Australiasian Little Grebe

Small Bird/Animal List from the Lilyponds visit:

Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Little Grebe
Unknown Large Duck (see pics)
Rainbow Lorikeets
Pee Wee (Magpie Lark)
Laughing Kookaburra
Noisy Minor
Australian King Parrot
Eastern Whipbird.  (This bird was right outside our cabin, although I was not quick enough with the camera!)
EasternYellow Robin
White-headed Pigeon
Bush Turkey
Australian Magpie
Red-Triangle Slug (pictures to come in future post)


Beautiful Flowering Plant in the Lily Ponds Gardens
Another Flowering Beauty at the Lily Ponds, Mapelton.

The Kids had a great time on the huge flying-fox at the Lily Ponds Park, Mapelton.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mapelton Falls National Park 16/01/11

We ventured off optimistically to the Mapelton Falls National Park, despite the heavy rain.  We went and purchased some plastic rain coats prior to the walk, thank goodness!  We had heard what a magnificent view it was from the Mapelton Falls Lookout, we were able to see somewhat to the valley below, but not far in the distance at all.   We decided on doing the Wompoo circuit — 1.3km as this was achievable with the children and with my recent recovery from pneumonia.  This circuit track winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest. Wayside signs provide information about features. The Peregrine Lookout apparently provides an excellent view of the Obi Obi Valley and often of nearby nesting Peregrine Falcon's... but not on the day we visited!  Bird life was unnoticeable and only the sound of heavy rain could be heard.  Brendon did spot one little bird, sheltering from the rain under some large leaves (see pic below).  

Mapelton Falls Lookout

The drenched bush-walker's!

The one lone little bird that we saw, sheltering from the rain at the Mapelton Falls National Park.

More information on Mapelton Falls National Park HERE

Monday, January 16, 2012

Red-Triangle Slug at Mapelton 16/01/12

While stepping outside of the cabin that we were staying in at Mapelton, Brendon spotted this Red-Triangle Slug on a tree nearby.  This is the first time that we have seen one, although friends of ours have seen them before on their property at Geham, and I have seen photos from wildlife friends on the coast of the slugs.  They are truly massive in size and I took a photo with my hand in it for comparison.

{The red triangle slug, scientific name Triboniophorus graeffei, is a species of air-breathing land slug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Athoracophoridae, the leaf-veined slugs.
This large (up to 14 cm), often colorful and striking-looking species is found in eastern Australia. It is Australia's largest native land slug.}

Red-triangle Slug At Mapelton, Qld, 16/01/12

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Koala & juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeaters at Esk 15/01/12

Four Juvenile Blue-faced Honeyaters all lined up perfectly on a branch at Esk, Queensland. (15/01/12 J.G.)

While we were driving to our destination of Mapelton on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, we stopped at Hertrich Place Reserve in the the beautiful mountain side town of Esk, in the West-Moreton region of South East Queensland.  As soon as we pulled up, I noticed these juvenile Blue-faced honeyeater's all lined up perfectly on a branch in a tree nearby.  They were adorable all huddled up together!  Brendon spotted the Koala below instantly.  It was sitting on two small branches in a rather obvious spot of the tree.  The Koala looked healthy and in good condition. 

Koala at Esk,  high in a gum tree (15/01/12 J.G.)

I took this photo to show how much this Koala stood out in the Gum Tree.  Often they are well hidden, but not on this day.  Brendon spotted it as soon as we pulled up.

On the way back home again, we again stopped at Hertrich Place Reserve and spotted another Koala (possibly the same one) in a different tree nearby.  J.G.