Sunday, June 24, 2012

Condamine River, Pratten, 24/06/12

We all ventured back to Pratten in South-East Queensland in search of not only a good fishing spot, but a good birdwatching spot also, after Brendon's successfull bird watching experience the week prior in a closeby location.  This occasion saw us stop at a beautiful spot on the Condamine River and while the fishing was next to non-existant, the bird watching did not dissapoint.  My photos of the Red Winged Parrots were no where near as clear as the ones Brendon took the previous visit so I have not added them to the blog today.  J.G.

Highlights from this early morning trip:

Golden-headed Cisticola
White Plumed Honeyeater
Rufous Whistler
Varied Sitella
Red Winged Parrots
Eastern Rosellas
Little Corellas
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos
Superb Blue Wrens


Golden-headed Cisticola

Varied Sitella

White Plumed Honeyeater

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's

Condamine River
Condamine River

Condamine River, Pratten.

There were numerous old logs like this with native grasses growing out of them in the water.

Rufous Whistler

The kids spotted this bettle which is a "Nymph" Gum Tree Shield Bug

The kids also wanted me to take a picture of this little furry caterpillar they spotted on the grass

Kings Creek Railway Bridge, Clifton 24/06/12

A couple of landscape photos of the Kings Creek Railway Bridge, Clifton, Qld on the 24/06/12.  J.G.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Red Winged Parrots & Eastern Rosellas at Pratten today 17/06/12

The Condamine River at Pratten, Queensland 17/06/12. B.G.

Highlights at Pratten today were Eastern Rosellas and Red-Winged Parrots all in the one tree!

Bird list from a fishing trip to Pratten today:

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Black-Shouldered Kite
Nankeen Kestral
Pacific Black Duck
Australiasian Little Grebe
Australian Pelican
Straw Necked Ibis
Little Corella
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaley-breasted Lorikeet
King Parrot
Red Winged Parrot
Eastern Rosella
Tawny Frogmouth (Pair)
Pee Wee
Laughing Kookaburra
Noisy Miner
Masked Lapwing
Australian Magpie

Photos & List by B Gray.

Tawny Frogmouth Pair at Pratten today

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Eastern Rosella at Pratten 17/06/12. B.G.

Eastern Rosella
beautiful colourings underneath the Eastern Rosella
Eastern Rosella at Pratten. Photo B Gray.

Red-winged Parrot

Red-winged Parrot at Pratten 17/06/12

Female King Parrot at Pratten

Monday, June 11, 2012

Eastern Rosellas & Crimson Rosellas, Goomburra 11/06/12

After seeing the Peregrine Falcon at Goomburra today, not much else could top our day and it was only early in the morning!  Eastern Rosellas and Crimson Rosellas were a delight to see.  The weather was very rainy, wet and cold, however we will still did the Mt Castle Lookout Walk and the Dalrymple Creek Walk.  Sadly no sightings of a Fleays Barred Frog or a Platypus but that would have been a hard ask after seeing the Peregrine Falcon & Eastern Rosellas!!  The Bell Miner was also a newbie for me!  J.G.

Eastern Rosella at Goomburra 11/06/12
Bird list from the Goomburra trip today:

Peregrine Falcon!
Black Shouldered Kite
Nankeen Kestral
Eastern Rosella
Pale Headed Rosella
Crimson Rosella
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Little Corella
Straw Necked Ibis
Great Egret
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Pacific Black Duck
Wood Duck
Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Pied Currawong
Pee Wee (Magpie Lark)
Willie Wagtail
Masked Lapwing
Red-browed Finch
Varigated Wren
White-browed Scrubwren
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Restless Flycatcher
Grey Fantail
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner

1 x Fox
Crimson Rosellas at Goomburra

Peregrine Falcon at Goomburra

Eastern Rosella

Mt Castle - the view from the lookout

Mt Flinders - from the lookout
Fleays Barred Frog can be found at Goomburra but it is now threatened.

The statue of the Fleays Barred Frog at Goomburra

Me posing with the Fleays Barred Frog Statue, discovered by and named after my Grandfather's 1st cousin, David Fleay.  Sadly this is as close as I got to one today!

Crows Nest Ferns were plentiful at Goomburra

Bell Miner

Eastern Yellow Robin
Unknown - (confirmed I.D:  Yellow-throated Scrubwren)

Unknown (confirmed Id:  Brown Thornbill)

Peregrine Falcon at Goomburra!! 11/06/12

While driving to Goomburra to go bush walking early this morning, Brendon spotted a bird feeding on something in a paddock not far from the road. He stopped the car quickly, saying that it looked like a Peregrine Falcon! We both jumped out in a hurry with the cameras and can say without a doubt that the bird was a Peregrine Falcon. We took many pictures (sadly many blury) as the bird took off at great speeds, circling and making a constant kak kak kak noise. We watched it fly off into the hills and come back to chase off a crow that was after its meal. It seemed to have been eating a dead black bird in the paddock, either a crow or currawong we think. We thought we could hear another bird in the trees nearby making the same sound but couldnt see anything from where we were. We stayed and watched it as it flew up to the hills and landed in a tree. An extremely exciting sighting on a freezing rainy day! My first ever Peregrine Falcon Sighting!!  Judi Gray.

The pictures unfortunately aren't the best, but they are enough to prove the Identity!  The bird moved very quickly across the sky and as it was very overcast and dark, many of the pictures are poor quality. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Black-shouldered Kite at Nobby 10/06/12

Black-shouldered Kites are a common sight in the Nobby are on the Darling downs.  While driving on the highway they are often seen either perched on the powerlines gazing into the grasses below, or hovering above the fields and paddocks eyeing off its next meal.

This one today was taken from the road on a very overcast cold day, thus the dark colour of the sky.  J.G.

Pelican at Nobby 10/06/12

I spotted this lone Pelican today while driving through the country area of Nobby. I pulled over but it had travelled some distance before I got the camera ready. It certainly was an unusual sighting for this area.
Lone Pelican at Nobby, South East Queensland