Sunday, April 28, 2013

Murphys Creek Birding Outing 28/04/13

Today we attended our first ever Birding Outing with the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club, despite being online members for years.  We visited three locations in the Murphys Creek Area and had many great sightings including flocks of budgerigars witnessed three times in the air.  Thank you to everyone who welcomed us - we look forward to the next outing.  J & B

The bird lists below are the birds that we saw ourselves.  Others in the group had a more extensive list than us, but we were very happy with what we saw and the beautiful scenery.

Murphys Creek - Private Property

Black Shouldered Kite & Black Faced Cuckoo-Shrike (Located Across from Murphys Creek Cemetery)
Spectacular  Scenery at Murphys Creek - Private Property.

  1. Black Swan Cygnus atratus 2 Photographed.
  2.  Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
  3.  Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
  4.  Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
  5.  White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7.  White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9.  Australian White Ibis Threskiornis moluccus
  10.  Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
  11.  Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
  12.  Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
  13. Black Kite Milvus migrans
  14. Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus 1
  15. White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster 1 Photographed
  16. Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
  17.  Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
  18. Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops 2 Photographed
  19. Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
  20.  Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
  21.  Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
  22. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii Photographed Group flying & also seen perched in tree in Murphys Creek.
  23.  Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
  24. Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
  25. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
  26.  Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
  27.  Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
  28.  Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
  29. Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
  30.  Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus
  31. Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus  Witnessed three times in large groups flying overhead. Photographed.
  32.  Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus
  33.  Red-backed Fairywren Malurus melanocephalus
  34.  Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii
  35. Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops
  36.  Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
  37. Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta
  38.  Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
  39. White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis 4 photographed
  40. Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
  41. Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata 2 Photographed.
  42.  Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
  43.  Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  44. Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
  45.  White-throated Gerygone Gerygone olivacea
  46. Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
  47. Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
  48.  Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
  49.  Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
  50. Black-faced Cuckooshrike Coracina novaehollandiae
  51. Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
  52. Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
  53. Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
  54.  Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
  55.  Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
  56.  Torresian Crow Corvus orru
  57. Jacky-winter Microeca fascinans
  58. Rose Robin Petroica rosea 1 Female (Photos taken)
  59.  Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
  60. Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
  61. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
  62. Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
  63. Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
  64. Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii  

Lockyer Siding

Lockyer Siding

White Necked Heron 

Black Swans

Wedgetailed Eagle

Welcome Swallow

Beautiful Orchids high in the tree tops.
Little Pied Cormorant surrounded by Masked Lapwings.

Scarlet Honeyeater high in the treetops.

Golden Whistler

Monarch Butterfly

Budgies in Flight over Lockyer Siding, Murphys Creek

Budgies in Flight over Lockyer Siding, Murphys Creek

Great Egret

Grey Fantail

Jacky Winter

Beautiful Mossy Waters in Murphys Creek.

Scarlet Jezabel Butterfly

Rocky Landscape of Murphys Creek.
Murphys Creek

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Crows Nest Falls - Anzac Day 2013

After the Anzac Day March, we headed to Crows Nest Falls for a family picnic and bush-walk.  The weather was beautiful and while we did have some bird sightings that included red-backed fairy wrens, they were few and far between... possibly due to the walking tracks resembling grand central station.. and us having two noisy children in tow!  We haven't been to the falls for a few years now, and when I checked my blog, I couldn't find a previous post, but then remembered that it was the trip in which we forgot the good birding camera!  That trip years ago we saw numerous birds including the scarlet honeyeater, but it wasn't on show today.   I haven't taken many scenery pics to share this visit due to only carrying the long lens - the pack horse can only carry so much...
All in all a lovely way to enjoy Anzac Day 2013

J & B

Striated Pardalote

Large sharp rocks above the falls.

Grey Fantail

Yellow-faced Honeyater

Lone Blue Murdannia Wildflower

Scrappy Scrub-Turkey

Scrub Turkey displaying it's large wings.

Creek above the falls.

Beautiful Striated Pardalote

I loved these "maidenhair ferns" overhanging the creek.


This treecreeper went into this hollow - perhaps to look for insects?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Local Tourism Signage at it's best in Inglewood.

While on the way home from our camping trip to Texas, we stopped in to buy some lunch at the  immaculate town of Inglewood in Queensland.  We went to eat our lunch at the Inglewood Park on the Cunningham Highway, it is located just before you cross the magnificent McIntyre Brook.  The park was well kept with facilities for caravaner,s but I was mostly impressed with the stunning sign for tourists located on the highway side.  This massive sign showed a map of the travel routes to all of the country towns in the area with images and information on free things to do and see in each town or area, along with history, facilities information, clear images and much more.  I thought it was an ingenious idea and perfect for those travelling through towns where it can be hard to know about the local "free attractions".  I wish other local towns would take a leaf from Inglewood's Tourism Book and realize that they too have attractions that people are interested in seeing and it may just encourage them to stop in your town, rather than pass right through.  The park was located adjacent to the Tobacco Museum, which was shut on the day we visited due to the holidays, but there were old railway stations and heritage machinery to view in the grounds.

Inglewood & Surrounding Towns Tourism Guide Sign






Beautiful Flowering Trees in Inglewood Park

Australian Tobacco Museum "The Golden Leaf" Inglewood, Qld

The Golden Leaf is the only registered tobacco museum in Australia and is located adjacent to the Inglewood Park on the corner of the Cunningham Highway and Brook Street, Inglewood.

Heritage Patent on Machinery at Inglewood Tobacco Museum (The colours are just beautiful)

I had to take a picture of this one because of the naming - not the building!

Oman-ama Building from the local area of Oman-ama

Black Fronted Dotterel's at Texas - Easter 2013

Dumaresq River - Texas 2013

This Easter weekend saw us take our second family Camping/Fishing/Birding weekend to Texas on the Qld/NSW Border of the Dumaresq River.  This time were were camped in a different location from the previous visit two years ago and were on the New South Wale's Side of the river. The spot in which we camped was on a private property which our brother-in-law and his father had taken the time to manicure the head-high cobbler's peg's the week before so we were able to camp comfortably.  When we arrived at camp I witnessed a large brown bird of prey scoop a fish up from the river and while watching this, my brother in-law's father told me that the previous week when they had visited the spot to mow the grass, they had witnessed a platypus in the creek just before dark!  The property owner had confirmed their sighting telling them that platypus had always been common on their property but during the drought years had disappeared for some time, but in the last few years since the increased rainfall they had again returned and they witnessed them regularly.  Unfortunately it was not our turn to see this beautiful creature in the wild ourselves, despite me getting up early in the morning.  The location however looked perfect for platypus and it was wonderful to hear that they are surviving well in this area.

Birding wise -  my bird list is far less that my previous visit to Texas, I did see a "newbie" bird for me - the beautiful little Black Fronted Dotterel's which camouflaged beautifully with the large river rocks on the river edge, the Azure Kingfisher was only a fleeting flash of blue for me, but Brendon saw a pair of them as did other family members who kayaked along the river.  Unfortunately the sudden onset of rain on Sunday morning stopped any further birding on the last day. All in all it was a great weekend in a beautiful part of the country with great company in the great outdoors.

Happy Easter,


Bird List for Texas - 29-31 March 2013

  1. White-Plumed Honeyeater
  2. Pale-headed Rosella
  3. Noisy Miner
  4. Rainbow Lorikeet
  5. Scaley-breasted Lorikeet
  6. Red-winged Parrots
  7. Red-rumped Parrots
  8. Galah
  9. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  10. Little Corella
  11. Peaceful Dove
  12. Crested Pigeon
  13. Curraong
  14. Galah
  15. Australian Magpie
  16. Grey Butcherbird
  17. Pee Wee (Magpie Lark)
  18. Superb Blue Wren
  19. Striated Pardalote
  20. Black Fronted Dotterel
  21. Wood Duck
  22. Pied Cormorant
  23. Darter
  24. Straw-necked Ibis
  25. Restless Flycatcher
  26. Willie Wagtail
  27. Azure Kingfisher
  28. Laughing Kookaburra
  29. Welcome Swallow
  30. Apostlebirds
  31. Unknown Brown coloured Kite/Falcon
  32. Black-shouldered Kite
  33. Southern Boobook Owl

Other Species:

  1. Eastern Grey Kangaroo
  2. Eastern Water Dragon


  1. Wanderer
  2. Lesser Wanderer
  3. Orchard Swallowtail
  4. Cabbage White Moth


  1. Yellowbelly
  2. Murrary Cod 
  3. Freshwater Catfish (Jew Fish)
  4. European Carp x 1 (Disposed of)

I loved the reflection of this gum tree on the Dumaresq River late afternoon,
however I think the photo didn't really capture how beautiful it was at the time.

Weeping Willows on the Dumaresq River

White-Plumed Honeyeater

Female Superb Blue Wren

Black Fronted Dotterel

Black Fronted Dotterel with reflection

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo's - a daily sight in large numbers

Peaceful Doves

Dragonfly (Scarlet Percher???)
These Bright Yellow Flowers/Weeds were abundant amongst the cobbler's pegs under the gum trees.

Flowering Grasses on the Dumaresq River

On the first morning that I rose early in hope of seeing a platypus - I witnessed this Eastern Grey Kangaroo's odd behaviour as it went from one side of the river where the rapids began, to the other and back three times before finally deciding to emerge from the water on the other side, it was almost like it was going for an early morning swim!

Lastly - two "Cabbage White Moths" that were also in large numbers in the mud on the rivers edge.