Monday, February 20, 2012

Save The Spotted-tailed Quoll in Southern Queensland

The Endangered Spotted-Tailed Quoll needs YOUR HELP!

Spotted-Tailed Quoll
(Picture Credit:  SaveOurQuolls)

This From the Save Our Quolls Community Facebook Page:

The last stronghold population of Spotted-Tailed Quolls in Southern Queensland is in danger.

Proposed development of a mega-resort in the Elbow Valley region of SE Queensland will push the Spotted-Tailed Quoll to extinction.

Development Company Joyful View Garden Real Estate proposes to develop over 2090 acres of land into a mix of permanent resident and resort-style accommodation for overseas v...
isitors and residents of up to 4000 people. The environmental impact of the mini-city will push the Spotted-Tailed Quoll to extinction in Queensland.

The animal is Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore and is listed by the Federal Government as endangered. It is also recognised internationally as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

In 2009 Southern Downs Regional Council opposed the proposed extension of the Unimin mine in the same region, citing the proposed expansion might have a potential impact on the habitat of the quoll – yet passed this proposed development in June 2011 with no consideration for the species!

The current extinction rate of mammals in Australia is unequalled anywhere in the world.

A petition will be sent to the Minister of Sustainability and Environment who will make the final decision on approval of the mega-resort later this year.

We need YOUR help to ensure the survival of this important native carnivore. Please sign the petition to add your voice to help one with none.
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To keep up to date with this campaign, please Like The Facebook Page "Save Our Quolls" and subscribe to their updates.  You can find the facebook page at: 

The Current Petition count (at time of posting) is only 538!!!  Please help in sharing this invaluable campaign so the local council will take the plight of the Spotted-tailed Quoll seriously!


Judi Gray.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

White Water-Birds Galore at Lake Apex, Gatton, 19/02/12

After going for a scenic drive through Flagstone Creek and then on to Grantham, we arrived at our destination of Lake Apex Park/Nature Reserve at Gatton, Qld.  While it was a very hot day and we visited in the middle of the day, there were still plenty of beautiful birds to be seen.  Our Bird List from Lake Apex today is as follows:

  • Dusky Moorhen (= juvenilles)
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Wood Duck
  • Domestic Ducks
  • Cattle Egret
  • Great Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
  • Common Myna
  • Noisy Miner
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Little Pied Cormorant
  • White-faced Heron
  • Little Black Cormorant
  • Pee Wee (Mud Lark)
  • Shining Bronze Cuckoo *
  • Eastern Water Dragon
  • Eastern Long-Necked Turtle
  • Common Crow Butterfly
  • Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

Dusky Moorhen with White Ibis in the Background

Little Black Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Great Egret

Little Egrets


Beautiful Dragonfly

Lake Apex at Gatton, 19/02/12

Clumsy Little Egrets


Shining Bronze Cuckoo (*Newbie List 2012)

Beautiful Shining Bronze Cuckoo at Lake Apex, Gatton

Common Crow Butterfly

"Lights On The Hill" Truck & Coach Drivers Memorial at Lake Apex

Little Black Cormorant that arose from the water with a twig.

Flying off with is underwater-twig

Eastern Long-Necked Turtles were plentiful at Lake Apex

Yes i know its a domestic, but what a good looking one it is!

Pacific Black Duck

More Domestics

unsure on these two in the middle of the Ibis'

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Kookaburra and the Goldfish (Upper Coomera) 09/02/12

This Post and Photographs from L. Nielsen at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

"Yesterday I was excited that the kookaburra's are back at Upper Coomera, and was taking picks of one. 
Then about half an hour later I heard a strange sound and went out to inspect. The kookaburra had
obviously got a fish from our pond and was killing it by flicking it from side to side on the ground and then flew to our garden fence where I was luckily enough to capture a few picks. Rest in peace poor gold fish!"

Kookaburra at Upper Coomera, Qld
Kookaburra with the largest Goldfish from the Pond.
The "Stunning of the Fish"

That wasn't the end of the Kookaburra Saga...

"The next part of the fish and bird sarga is that after I had taken the photos and left, the Kookaburra must have dropped the fish in between our old fence and the bonsai garden fence and then got stuck in between the fences, trying to get the fish!!!  I discovered the kookaburra the next day and had to rescue him!"  L Nielsen.

{Pleased to report the Kookaburra survived fine and was able to fly off into a tree, but possibly won't be fishing from this pond again in the near future!}

Thanks to L Nielsen for this post and pictures!