Sunday, May 27, 2012

Little Birds at Meringandan Environmental Park 27/05/12

The beautiful weather today prompted me to take off for an hour and go for a walk around the Meringandan Environmental Park.  This "Environmental Park" is a small block of land which was previously a Council Quarry.  It has been left to nature and the small quarry holes are mostly filled with water, reeds and native grasses.  The Park has plenty of litter and masses of weeds including Lantana, Prickly Pear, Cobblers Pegs etc, but it also has many small native shrubs and plants that are homes to a plentiful number of small birds.  The thick reeds provide a protective home for the birds who are hard to photograph darting in and out.  Some of the trees and native shrubs are ones that aren't often seen and a few that I recognize from our own patch.  I am yet to Id a few of these.  The back of the park where the quarry holes and main bushes are located is often hard to access and can be a bit nerve wracking at times walking through long grass and weeds  up to your shoulder height, but today after not much recent rain and a few frosts the grass wasn't as high and I was able to easily walk around following the plentiful kangaroo tracks through the park. Todays highlight for me was seeing plenty of double-barred finches, I havent seen any of these happy little birds for ages!

Birds seen today at Meringandan Environmental Park:
Superb Blue Wren
Double-Barred Finch
Striated Pardalote
Yellow-Rumped Thornbill
3 x Unknown Small Birds

Pale-headed Rosella
Australian Magpie
Pacific Black Duck
Common Myna

Male Superb Blue Fairy Wren (I will eventually get a clear photo of this busy little bird!)

I love this one!  Mr & Mrs Double-Barred Finch @ Meringandan Environmental Park

Yellow-Rumped Thornbill

Unsure on the Id of this little one, I first thought it was a yellow-rumped thornbill, but once checking the book realized its markings were different.

Pear Tree about to Flower.

Some of the water lillies at the Park. These are small leaves about half the size of the usual ones you see.

Quarry Remnants, jagged rocks around the edges of the water holes.

Native Grasses at the waters edge.

Large Reeds in the Quarry

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Autumn at Davidson Arboretum 13/05/12

The Davidson Arboretum is a hidden treasure in Highfields. Once privately owned, Mr and Mrs Davidson gifted this magical place to the local council for all to enjoy.  There were ample little birds darting in and out of trees, however no decent pictures of them on this visit.. I will be back.  J.G.

Cockatiels at Kleinton 24/05/12

Over the last few weeks I have seen large groups of Cockatiels in the same spot, resting on these powerlines.  While I missed some shots of a Brown Goshawk that I have been trying desperately to photograph, I got a few shots of these beautiful Cockatiels.  J.G.

A touch of the country...24/05/12

Haybale Landscape... @ Kleinton

Monday, May 14, 2012

Little Koala at Loveday Cove on Mothers Day 2012

What more could you want.... I spotted this beautiful young Koala on Mother's Day while walking around Loveday Cove at Cooby Dam...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tour of Saint Helena Island (Ex-Convict Prison) 04/05/12

A tour today of Saint Helena Island, in Moreton Bay off Manly, Queensland, was a fantastic experience.  Saint Helena Island was used as a maximum security prison for Men from 1867.  St Helena is located in Moreton Bay 5 km from the mouth of the Brisbane River and about 8km north-east of Manly. The area of St Helena Island (166 hectares) was once "rainforest" like vegetation.  This was considered of little value and was extensively cleared for timber usage at the convict colony.  Patches of large trees remain, but is hard to imagine what it once would have looked like.

The Island is now a National Park and it is huge Heritage significance.  Old Buildings and the grave yards are a grim reminder of the sadness that once existed at this beautiful island.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to others.  You can find more information HERE.

This post is just of the landscapes and buildings.  I have created a separate post for my bird and wildlife photos from the Island.  View them HERE.


Green Island, Queensland

Approaching the Jetty at St Helena Island

The Jetty at Saint Helena Island

St Helena Island's Convict Swimming Pool, Crested Terns & Pied Cormorants resting ontop.

St Helena Island

Convict Blacksmith Building at St Helena.  (N.B. the wallaby in the doorway)

Blacksmith Building at St Helena

Stone Walls at the Colony

Saint Helena Island 04/05/12

Convict Artwork on the internal wall, created with Lime

The Old and the New (St Helena Prison with Brisbane City in the Background)

Convict Kitchen/Bakery

Pile of bricks beside the convict kitchen/bakery at St Helena

Convict Kitchen/Bakery

St Helena Island Landscape

Original Lock and Cell Door at St Helena

Restored Original Cell Door at St Helena Island

Massive Inground Tanks at St Helena Island.

Flowering Plants/weeds at St Helena Island.

Flock of Birds at St Helena

Warden's Children's Cemetery at St Helena Island.

Prisioners Cemetery at St Helena Island.  Only prison numbers are listed on their crosses, prisoners had no right to their name.  The crosses all face the bay overlooking brisbane, to enforce the fact that they were never going to leave or escape the island and signifying the freedom of the mainland that they had lost.

St Helena Island Convict Colony.

Jetty at St Helena Island

Goodbye St Helena Island...