Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

29th December 2015


The Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat is located in Rangeville, Toowoomba.  It is a wonderful location to see some of the more common waterbirds of our region, and sometimes a few un-commons as well.  It has been many years since I have walked through the habitat, which was once a place I visited on a weekly basis with my young son, when we lived close-by.  At the time of this visit, it was a little windy and late in the morning to see many other bird species in the trees, We did see 20 birds though and also some domestic ducks.  The short-necked turtles were beautiful to watch, and there were butterflies and dragonflies aplenty.

More to come on this story in 2016.

1Wandering Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna arcuata
2 Australian Wood Duck - Chenonetta jubata
3 Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa
4 Hardhead - Aythya australis
5 Little Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
6 Australasian Darter - Anhinga novaehollandiae
7 Australian Pelican - Pelecanus conspicillatus
8 Australian White Ibis - Threskiornis moluccus
9 Australasian Swamphen - Porphyrio melanotus
10 Dusky Moorhen - Gallinula tenebrosa Too
11 Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
12 Masked Lapwing - Vanellus miles
13 Spotted Dove - Streptopelia chinensis
14 Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
15 Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla
16 Pale-headed Rosella - Platycercus adscitus T
17 Noisy Miner - Manorina melanocephala
18 Grey Butcherbird - Cracticus torquatus
19 Pied Currawong - Strepera graculina
20 Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis

Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
Australian Pelican at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat, 29th Dec 2015

Pedestrian Bridge at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat, 29th Dec 3015

Pedestrian Bridge at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat, 29th Dec 3015

Hardhead at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat 29th Dec 2016

Wandering Percher Dragonfly at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Australian Wood Duck at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

White Ibis, Plumed Whistling Ducks & Purple Swamphen at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Purple Swamphen, now known as Australasian Swamp Hen at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Short-necked Turtle at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat
Pacific Black Duck at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Masked Lapwing at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

A newly installed nesting box that has clearly had plenty of use at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Showing the size of the huge gum tree the nesting box is installed on

White Ibis with fluffy baby in nest at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitrat

Signage at Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

Friday, December 25, 2015

Asian House Gecko lays eggs in a precarious place

24th December 2015



Guest Post Photos and information by Linda Nielsen

One of the downlights in this home had not been working for some time, despite the changing of bulbs.  While an electrician was working at the home in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast, Qld, the owners asked him to have a look at the transformer of the downlight to see what was wrong with it and if it needed replacing.  It was quite a surprise when he showed them why the downlight hadn't been working.  An Asian House Gecko had been using the transformer as a nice 'warm' place to lay it's eggs!

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) are the only invasive Gecko species in Australia. Sometimes mistaken for the native Dtella Gecko, the Asian House Gecko is easily identified by it's claws on the end of it's toes, and little spines running along it's tail and lower back.  While in Asia they were a tree living species, but now happily co-exist with humans living in their dwellings, feeding on insects attracted to the lights in Australia.  The Asian House Gecko lays up to two eggs every four to six weeks, so has obviously been using this transformer as the egg laying location for some time!

Thanks to Linda for letting us share her photo and interesting story.


Eggs of an Asian House Gecko inside a light transformer at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.  You can see that one of the Geckoes had hatched but didn't survive. 

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) photographed at the Upper Coomera home.

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) photographed at the Upper Coomera home.