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Monday, September 22, 2014

Nielsen Park at Night

Friends of the Escarpment Parks, Toowoomba hosted a Wildlife Spotlighting tour of Nielsen Park, Toowoomba on the Carnival weekend.  We were honoured to be asked to lead one of the groups of wildlife enthusiasts through the Middle-Ridge Park.  Despite the Saturday being a beautiful warm day for the carnival, the night-time brought typical Toowoomba weather, bringing the cold and plenty of wind.  Because of this, the amount of wildlife that was seen was limited.  Gliders aren't easily spotted in the wind or possibly don't even emerge from their hollows at that time which was disappointing. It also must have been too cold for the frogs, as we didn't see one.  While walking through the park, we enjoyed hearing the characteristic "boo-book" sound from a Southern Boobook Owl.  We saw three sets of Female Common Brushtail Possums with a baby on back - which posed nicely for the observers.

Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and baby at Nielsen Park, 20th September 2014.

Total Wildlife List from our group:

11 x Common Brushtail Possums (including 3 young on mothers backs)
1 x Red-necked Wallaby
1 x Tawny Frogmouth
3 x Flying Foxes (unknown i.d.)
1 Microbat
3 Kookaburras
2 Galahs in a tree hollow
1 x Southern Boobook Owl (heard not seen)


Red-necked Wallaby at Nielsen Park, Toowoomba 20th September 2014.

The Friends of the Escarpment Parks, Toowoomba often hold events including tours of the bushland parks of Toowoomba.  View their website here for further information:  http://www.fep.org.au/


Tawny Frogmouth at Nielsen Park, 20th September 2014 - (Photo taken by tour attendee)




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