Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mangrove Honeyeaters at Tin Can Bay

Late afternoon at Norman Point, Tin Can Bay, I saw these beautiful Mangrove Honeyeaters in the mangroves of the shoreline just before sunset.  Another lifer for the list from this trip.


Mangrove Honeyeater at Tin Can Bay January 2014

Mangrove Honeyeater at Tin Can Bay January 2014

Mangrove Honeyeater at Tin Can Bay January 2014
Sunset at Norman Point, Tin Can Bay, January 2014.

Koala's at Goomeri in the Summer Heat 22/01/14

While driving, on an intensely hot and dry day at Goomeri, we spotted two koala's in separate gum trees not far from the Road.  The poor Koala's looked so hot and they were panting, one was trying to escape the heat in the shade of the large gum tree trunk, the other was more hidden amongst the leaves. I have added both sightings to Koala Tracker for their statistics.  J & B.

Koala at Goomeri  - high in the branches of a large gum tree.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Family fishing at Crab Creek Park, Tin Can Bay

During our visit in the extreme heatwave of January 2014, we went fishing at a picturesque area called Crab Creek Park at Tin Can Bay.  I should say that the kids and Brendon fished while I walked around and took photos!  Beautiful little spot on the water.


Beautiful waters of Crab Tree Park, Tin Can Bay, January 2014

Trying their luck at fishing at Crab Tree Park, Tin Can Bay

"Catch of the Day"
"Learning to cast"

Crab Tree Park, Tin Can Bay, January 2014

Bush walking track along the edges of Crab Tree Park, Tin Can Bay, Qld

I had to take a photo of these seaside mailboxes near Crab Tree at Tin Can Bay - they matched the location perfectly.

Ospreys at Tin Can Bay - January 2014

During our visit to Tin Can Bay, Queensland in January 2014, we saw Ospreys galore in many locations along the shoreline. We witnessed them diving for fish, bringing food back to the nest and watched them overlooking the world below from their high perches.  One could never tire from watching these beautiful birds of prey.

I have included in this post a photo of the "Tourist Map" of Tin Can Bay that we were given at the Caravan Park in which we camped for our trip (see below). Note the right hand section that mentions the birdlife that can be seen in the area, in particular "Sea Hawks"!!  funnily we didn't see any of those during our trip :)

J & B.

Osprey at nest, Norman Point, Tin Can Bay, January 2014.



The Tin Can Bay Tourist Map that mentions the birdlife species including "Sea Hawks" :)

Mudflats of Toolara Esplanade Tin Can Bay January 2014

Exploring the Mudflats of the Toolara Esplanade, Tin Can Bay was an amazing experience of discovery, from watching millions of soldier craps scampering across the sand, finding see creatures within their shells and watching the beautiful water birds, it was a great experience in a beautiful tranquil location.

J & B

Beautiful Pied Oystercatchers at Toolara Esplanade Tin Can Bay


  1. Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax sulcirostris 
  2. White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae 
  3. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta 
  4. Australian White Ibis - Threskiornis moluccus 
  5. Osprey - Pandion haliaetus 
  6. Australian Pied Oystercatcher - Haematopus longirostris 
  7. Masked Lapwing - Vanellus miles 
  8. Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis 
  9. Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus 
  10. Eastern Curlew - Numenius madagascariensis 
  11. Silver Gull - Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae 
  12. Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica 
  13. Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes 
  14. Peaceful Dove - Geopelia placida 
  15. Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae 
  16. Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus 
  17. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus 
  18. Mangrove Honeyeater - Lichenostomus fasciogularis 
  19. Brown Honeyeater - Lichmera indistincta 
  20. White-throated Honeyeater - Melithreptus albogularis 
  21. Blue-faced Honeyeater - Entomyzon cyanotis 
  22. Magpie-lark - Grallina cyanoleu

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rare Indio-Pacific Humpback Dolphins at Tin Can Bay - 20th January 2014

During our family holiday to Tin Can Bay, we visited the well known Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre.  The Centre is located at the Boat Ramp at Norman Point, Tin Can Bay, Queensland, and is one of the few places where you can witness and interact with the rare wild Indio-Pacific Humpback Dolphins.

Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin at Tin Can Bay 20/01/2014

Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay is regulated by the Queensland Government and local residents have been interacting and hand-feeding a small number of Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins in the area for over 30 years.  This practice is somewhat controversial and was reviewed again recently by the Queensland Government in 2013.  See article here...

Hand-Feeding the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

Hand-Feeding the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

Norman Point, Tin Can Bay, January 2014

Little Black Cormorants at Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre, January 2014

We thought this Little Black Cormorant at Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre was a bit cheeky!

The children had a lovely time feeding the dolphins and getting to see them up close. During our visit this "tourist attraction" was very popular, despite us arriving early.  We enjoyed the educational talks about the Dolphins and their history and how the hand feeding came about at Tin Can Bay.  More information about this location can be found here...  B & J
Outside the entrance to the Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre, January 2014.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Time is of the essence to Preserve Remnant Bushland at Highfields

Time is of the essence to Preserve the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve in Highfields, Queensland.  The Toowoomba Regional Council - Transport and Drainage Depatment are pushing through the date for a vote by councillors on a proposed footpath & clearing through the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve on O'Brien Road at Highfields this coming Tuesday 21st January 2014.

This footpath proposal is a gross encroachment on a biodiversity area of ecological significance and a terrible injustice to Mr & Mrs Rogers who bequeathed this 4 hectare bushland block of land to the Crows Nest Shire Council in 1994.  Since then the councils have been amalgamated and the Reserve is now managed by the Toowoomba Regional Council.

A footpath for residents and school students is not something I or the local residents are against, it is the location however through an area that was identified as an "Endangered Ecosystem" under the Queensland Vegetation Managment Act of 1999.

While this reserve is relatively small, due to local urban development, it is now even more so than before imperative for local wildlife and native plant species that reside within its boundaries.  In planing my petition I had aimed to get a comprehensive list compiled by local experts to use towards my plight, however due to the decision now being finalised in a few short days, this has proven more difficult.  I am very grateful to Pat and Kath from the Toowoomba Bird Observers Organization for visiting the Reserve this week and providing me with an extensive list (that was far greater than the one I had created during my visits).  It is amazing how diverse a small habitat can be. I myself am very grateful of this generous donation of land to the local people and will do everything I can to ensure it is protected for future generations to enjoy as it was intended.

Please help me by signing the online petition by Monday afternoon the 20th of January 2014.  The petition can be found online here:

I have created a Facebook Page to share information about the Reserve and the communities plight to save it.  You can Like the page here:

I am very grateful for the support I have received in such a short time and hope that enough signatures are added to the petition to make a difference.  Please forward the campaign to your friends and family. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards
Judi Gray

This is one of the many Giant Trees "painted" within the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve on O'Brien Road at Highfields by surveyors from the Toowoomba Regional Council.

The top half of another giant Sydney Blue Gum tree with hollows for Gliders in the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.  This tree is also marked with yellow paint by surveyors from Toowoomba Regional Council as part of their proposed footpath project through the reserve.

A large amount of fresh diggings can be seen within the reserve, proving that Echidna's and Bandicoots rely heavily on this habitat at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.

Native Snake Vine at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

Juvenille Dollarbirds were seen during my visit to the reserve today.  These birds would return to this reserve to breed year after year, and then return to New Guinea in around March and April.  It is amazing to think such a small bird can travel such a long way.  We are lucky to have these noisy colourful birds in such prolific numbers in the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.
This is the preferred location for a footpath which is adjacent to the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve and on the western side of O'Brien Road. It is a much more preferable option that is safer for students and residents and would not result in any destruction of the reserve.

This is an existing footpath on Rogers Drive behind the Charles and Motee Rogers Reserve.  This is the same type of kerb-footpath that would be ideal for the existing cleared footpath on the western side of O'Brien Road adjacent to the Reserve.  I do note that his Rogers Drive Footpath continues around the corner onto Polzin Road and is also an existing footpath that students can use to access the Highfields Community facilities on foot.

Even though The Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland reserve is without a water source, plenty of beautiful dragonflies can be found within the reserve.  This one was seen this week right at the edge of the Nature Trail.

last but not least, the Entrance Signage at the Reserve.  You can now pick up a brochure when you visit the reserve to find out more about its history and the 10 points of interest on the nature trail.

This bird list was compiled this week by Pat and Kath from the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club during one visit to the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve in Highfields.  I am very grateful for their time and knowledge in this area. Lets hope we can add more birds to this list!  
SPECIES    Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve
Pacific Baza
Black Kite
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Yellow-tailed Black- Cockatoo
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Australian King-Parrot
Pale-headed Rosella
Common Koel
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-Wren
Striated Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Golden Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Fantail
Rufous Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Olive-backed Oriole
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Torresian Crow
Common Myna

Please sign the petition: