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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wildlife of Peacehaven Lake, Highfields

23 May 2016

PEACEHAVEN LAKE - PEACEHAVEN BOTANIC GARDENS - HIGHFIELDS QLD

I visited Peacehaven Lake on the north western side of Peacehaven Botanical Gardens at Highfields mid-morning to try and get a glimpse of the resident native Water Rat,and to research and observe more of the over-feeding of wildlife at the lake by well-meaning visitors to the area.  

During my morning visit I witnessed the following waterbirds and animals all utilizing this small lake and was pleasantly surprised to see a lone Australasian Little Grebe in winter plumage cruising the lake on this cold morning.  I did get a quick glimpse of the water rat, but wasn't fast enough to get a photograph. 

This lake is a lovely little area and alive with wildlife, even heading into winter.  It is an important man-made habitat for local native wildlife.  Hopefully visitors will heed the advice given by council on installed signage to refrain from feeding wildlife, so everyone can enjoy to view such animals here in good health in the future.
  • Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  • Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Australasian Little Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
  • Dwarf Tree Frog (Eastern Sedgefrog) (Litoria fallax)
  • Short-necked Turtle (Emydura macquarii)
  • Blue Damselfly (i.d. unknown)
  • Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)
  • Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
J.G.

Observation deck at Peacehaven Lake 23/05/16
Lake Signage, Peacehaven, 23/05/16

Pacific Black Duck on Peacehaven Lake, Highfields 23/05/16
Australia Wood Ducks, Peacehaven Lake 23/05/16

Short-necked Turtle, Peacehaven Lake, 23/05/16

Beautiful reed reflections on the water, Peacehaven Lake, Highfields, 23/05/16
Australasian Little Grebe with winter plumage at Peacehaven Lake, Highelds 23/05/16

Australasian Little Grebe with winter plumage at Peacehaven Lake, Highelds 23/05/16

Very tiny Dwarf Tree Frog (aka Eastern Sedgefrog) about 1cm long in the reeds on the edge of
Peacehaven Lake, 23/05/16

Very tiny Dwarf Tree Frogs (aka Eastern Sedgefrog) about 1cm long in the reeds on the edge of 
Peacehaven Lake, 23/05/16

View of Peacehaven Lake from the observation deck, Highfields 23/05/16

Lakeside grasses at Peacehaven Lake 23/05/16

Flowering Bottlebrush on the edges of Peacehaven Lake, 23/05/16

White-necked Heron gets the last crayfish

23 May 2016

WHITE-NECKED HERON - Kleinton, Qld.

For days I had witnessed this patient White-necked Heron stalking puddles that remained in a local dam, drying up in the drought.  Every day, he was there patiently perusing the puddles in search for what remained in the mud.  I counted him there for over 7 days and took these photos on about day 5. The dam has now completely dried up and the heron has moved on. 

J.G.

White-necked Heron, Kleinton 23 May 2016

White-necked Heron, Kleinton 23 May 2016

A wider shot showing the puddle in the dam and the White-necked Heron, Kleinton 23 May 2016

White-necked Heron, Kleinton 23 May 2016


Monday, May 16, 2016

Birdlife of Meringandan Environment Park

15 May 2016

MERINGANDAN ENVIRONMENT PARK

A late afternoon visit to Meringandan Environment Park was enjoyable, with plenty of birdlife to see even at that cooler time of day. The park is located on the site of a former quarry which holds water really well.  The large amount of bullrushes make it a perfect spot for small bird habitat.  A lone Spangled Drongo perched in a dead tree was an unexpected sighting.  There were quite a few Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing on the grass of the park also, which are always lovely to see them in an area where they feel safe.

  • Eastern Grey Kangaroo
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  • Brown Thornbill
  • Double-barred Finch
  • Plum-headed Finch
  • Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
  • Golden-headed Cisticola
  • Red-rumped Parrot
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  • Superb Blue Fairy Wren
  • Variegated Fairy Wren
  • Silvereye
  • Rufous Faintail

J & 

Eastern Grey Kangaroos at Meringandan Environment Park 15/05/16

Yellow-rumped Thornbills & Double-barred Finches camouflaging on the grasslands at the park,

Bullrushes at Meringandan Environment Park

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's at Meringandan Environment Park

Double-barred Finch, Meringandan Environment Park

Silvereye at Meringandan Environment Park

Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Meringandan Environment Park.

Sky effects at sunset from Meringandan Environment Park,

Monday, May 9, 2016

Crested Shrike-tit at Ravensbourne National Park

8 May 2016

CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT AT RAVENSBOURNE NATIONAL PARK

Mothers Day 2016 was spent doing my favourite things, bushwalking and birdwatching with my family.  The morning was spent at Munros Tramway birding trail, Ravensbourne (more here) and then onto lunch, then Ravensbourne National Park.  The national park was packed with people and so we stuck to the edges to avoid the crowds.  Brendon with this keen eye, spotted a few Crested Shrike-tit's high in the tree tops on the roadside edge.  This was a new sighting for both of us and a perfect ending to a great day out in the Australian bush.

J & B

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) Ravensbourne National Park 8 May 2016

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) Ravensbourne National Park 8 May 2016

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) Ravensbourne National Park 8 May 2016