Thursday, June 18, 2015

Broad-shelled Turtle Rescue, Somerset Kilcoy

13th June 2015

While driving to the Sunshine Coast for the weekend, we took the scenic route past Somerset Dam through to Kilcoy.  While driving, we spotted a turtle on the middle of the other side of the road.  I have a habit of moving turtles and all wildlife off the road in the direction they were travelling to avoid disaster so we pulled over.  Unfortunately for this poor Broad-shelled Turtle (Chelodina expansa) we found that it had clearly just recently been already hit by a car and the back of it's shell had been crushed.

I know a turtle carer in Toowoomba who has had great success repairing shells of turtles and this one looked like it might be possible to fix.  Not knowing anyone in the Kilcoy area I rang the RSPCA Wildlife helpline on 1300 ANIMAL and found that all vets were closed and there weren't any carers in the vicinity with knowledge, so I then rang the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, having been there before, new it was on the way and they would definitely have the resources to help this turtle, which of course they said they were happy to take it.  I took a photo of the area also using my Theodolite App on my phone to record the exact long/lat that the turtle was found for the hospital records.  There were water sources on both sides of the road.

I picked it up carefully and we wrapped it up in a towel as it was bleeding quite profusely and then took it straight to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, where the staff took it straight away to be looked over by the veterinarians.

Injured Broad-shelled Turtle (Chelodina expansa)

Injured Broad-shelled Turtle (Chelodina expansa) before treatment 

UPDATE:  The next week I rang the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to find out how the turtle went and was thrilled to find out that after it had had it's x-rays they not only found that the shell could be repaired, but that the turtle was a female and was carrying eggs, ready to lay!!  They told me that she would have been on her way to lay the eggs at the time she was hit.  On the day I rang, she had already laid one of the eggs, which had been placed into an incubator.  They told me that all eggs would be incubated and then the turtles raised and released back into the wild.  The female turtle had a full shell repair and would be passed onto another carer to release back at the location it was found. I couldn't have hoped for a better outcome!

I can't speak highly enough for the resources and expert staff at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.  South-East Queensland would be lost without this amazing facility, that treats everything from a green tree frog to a large bird of prey. In June alone they treated 284 wildlife patients!  More information about the hospital here:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bowenville Reserve 07/06/15

Bowenville Reserve is a hidden gem on Oakey Creek near the small rural town of Bowenville, South-East Queensland. We had heard how nice this area was, but hadn't visited until yesterday.  The reserve is quite large and allows camping and fishing, with a large number of camp sites available, amenities and very tidy and well looked after grounds.  Oakey Creek's edges are lined with trees and there is easy access to the water for fishing.  On our visit we had a walk around the creek's edge and had a look at the camping areas for future reference. An Azure Kingfisher was spotted during our walk along with a sleeping Tawny Frogmouth, Pacific Black Ducks and Black Kites flying overhead to name a few.  Although the reserve is surrounded by cleared farming land, it seems to be a refuge for wildlife and would be a good spot to camp and get back to nature. I do note that it looks like dogs are allowed at the camp site and there were several large dogs running around freely while we were there, and this could hampen the chance of seeing wildlife and ones camping enjoyment should one encounter similar campers during their visit.

J & B

Oakey Creek, Bowenville Reserve, Qld 06/07/15

Bowenville Reserve

Tawny Frogmouth at Bowenville Reserve

Pacific Black Duck, Bowenville Reserve

Entry Signage and camp grounds at Bowenville Reserve, Oakey Creek. 07/06/15

Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, Dalby 07/06/15

Family day trip to Lake Broadwater Conservation Park at Dalby.  Lake Broadwater is a shallow natural forming lake and the only one of it's kind on the Darling Downs, Queensland.  The lake is surrounded by cypress and brigalow and is a haven for waterbirds and wildlife in the trees and grasses surrounding the lake. The lake at times can dry up due to low rainfall, so best to check before you visit.

View of Lake Broadwater from the Bird Hide 07/06/15
Lake Broadwater Bird Hide Tower 07/06/15

  1. Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa 
  2. Grey Teal Anas gracilis 
  3. Hardhead Aythya australis 
  4. Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris 
  5. Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus 
  6. White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica 
  7. Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis 
  8. Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes 
  9. Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus 
  10. White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster 
  11. Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles 
  12. Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida 
  13. Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae 
  14. Galah Eolophus roseicapilla 
  15. Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea 
  16. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita 
  17. Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus 
  18. Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus 
  19. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus 
  20. Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus 
  21. Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala 
  22. Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus 
  23. Speckled Warbler Pyrrholaemus sagittatus 
  24. Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides 
  25. Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis 
  26. Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen 
  27. Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis 
  28. Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys 
  29. Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa 
  30. Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca 
  31. Torresian Crow Corvus orru 
  32. Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea 
  33. Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans 
  34. Silvereye Zosterops lateralis 
  35. Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii 

We could see Grey Teal Ducks, Hardhead's and Pacific Black Ducks on the lake in the distance.

Lake Broadwater view from the bird hide.

The family at the top of the bird hide, Lake Broadwater, Dalby 07/06/15

One of a few Eastern Grey Kangaroo's at Lake Broadwater, 07/06/15

Lake Broadwater camp ground signage.

Flock of Little Corella's over Lake Broadwater

Little Corellas roosting in Gum Trees on the waters edge of Lake Broadwater 07/06/15

Little Corellas, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park 07/06/15

Double-barred Finch, Lake Broadwater

Peacefull Doves, Lake Broadwater 
Female Superb Blue Fairy Wren, Lake Broadwater

Female Superb Blue Fairy Wren, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
Golden Whistler, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park

Silvereye's at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
Silvereye at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park

Jacky Winter at Lake Broadwater

Grey Fantail, Lake Broadwater

Whistling Kite over Lake Broadwater Conservation Park 07/06/15
Speckled Warbler, Lake Broadwater
Unknown Skink, Lake Broadwater

Unknown Skink, Lake Broadwater

Common Crow Butterfly, Lake Broadwater

Walking Track in the Wilga Camping Area at Lake Broadwater, 7/06/15
Beautiful Orchids in a fallen tree at Lake Broadwater

Native plants growing in a fallen hollow log at Lake Broadwater

Winter Wildflowers at Lake Broadwater 07/6/15

Sad memorial for a young skier who passed away in 2001 at Lake Broadwater.  The handprints in front are of the deceased young daughter at the time. 

Farewell from Lake Broadwater, we will be back. 
We look forward to returning in the warmer months to camp and hopefully see further water birds.

J & B

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Juvenile Feathertail Glider Rescue - June 2015

Juvenile Feathertail Glider - June 2015

I was phoned just after lunch time by a local vet to say that a local Crows Nest resident had rung them saying they had found a sugar glider and wanted to know what to do with it.  After receiving the phone number of the resident, we spoke to them to find out more, and it was reported that they had found the glider early that morning on the ground and had taken it home.  The resident wasn't able to drop the glider into a local carer until later that afternoon, and on hearing how long the glider had been with the resident, I volunteered to go and pick it up, worrying that it would be dehydrated and cold and possibly injured requiring urgent medical treatment.

On arrival at the property which was very close to the Bullockys Rest bushland park area in Crows Nest, I was amazed to discover that the "Sugar Glider" was in fact a rarely seen Feathertail Glider!!  The lovely gentleman who had rescued it, found it on the ground on his early morning walk, saying that he had almost accidentally stepped on it. He reported that he noticed that an old nesting box was in a tree just above where he found the little glider.  He picked it up and put it in his shirt pocket and that is where it stayed until I arrived.

I found the feathertail glider to be an older juvenile, whose tail was not yet completely "feathered" and without any obvious external injuries.  The glider was cold and I immediately transferred it into a flannelette pouch and placed that pouch into another heated padded pouch and administered fluids to it, that I had taken with me.  The glider lapped up the drops of sugar-water while in the car and I then went on my way to take it to a local expert wildlife carer. (see video below)
Juvenile Feathertail Glider - June 2015

The glider was found not to have any injuries and it is thought that possibly the nest was disturbed and it was flicked out somehow onto the ground.  It made a full recovery with a local expert glider carer and was released back into the bushland where it came from some weeks later.

I just had to share the photos of the cutest animal I have ever had the pleasure of rescuing as a wildlife rescue volunteer over the years.  Photos and video taken on my phone.


Feathertail Glider tucked up warm in the wildlife pouch. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Haden Park & Vintage General Store

27 April 2015

Haden is a picturesque small country town in South East Qld which can be found on the way to the Bunya Mountains. While driving through in April, I stopped to take a few photos of the park and the classic general store with its original signage and advertising intact, not to mention the operating vintage petrol bowser. The countryside surrounding Haden is beautiful with green rolling hills and plenty of great landscape photo opportunities