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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 12:30   #426
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Oh you're too kind Nora and Chris.... but your comments are so appreciated.
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Those Betongs are so cute! I will be very interested to see how many mammals you saw by the end of this trip!

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We hung about the car park area for a bit, but the only other bird I managed was a Noisy Friarbird.

It was then decided to go back to another parking area a couple of kms down the road. The path from here leads down to that one, but we decided against the walk!

In the car park there was one of my pals, a Rufous Fantail.

I spent some time out on the road, as there were a few things moving about. My first success came with a Dollarbird, got two images for you, as not sure if the two are a pair of adults or their youngsters? After a real effort, chasing him from bush to bush, I finally managed a picture of a rather pretty Black-faced Monarch (I'd seen this guy on the Gold Coast, but hadn't managed a picture then..... so got him at last!!!)

All the while I could here a blooking Eastern Whipbird calling and although I got warm, was unable to actually see him!!
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Wonderful Delia..........I like the Betongs too, never seen before...........thanks for sharing!
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Aaaaw thanks Nora. Here's another picture of a Betong just for you of course
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I can't remember why now, but the reasoning was good at the time, but we decided to go back up to the Gus Beutels Lookout.

We sat around for a while but didn't see anything new. So a couple of views to finish off with. There was a very fine Fig Tree forming a centrepiece of the parking area, and another view, from the opposite direction of the one I showed you earlier.

Before we leave there, other species seen/heard but not phtographed were Sacred Kingfisher, Satin Bowerbird, King Parrot, Eastern Shriketit, Torresian Crow and Eastern Spinebill.

We then drove round to Lake Perseverance. I think Hans was hoping to find some Rock Wallabies here, and certainly the habitat looked good, but we didn't see any sign of them.

Another lake that is huge, much larger than the little bit I have shown here: https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=...4014/-131.6682

The only birds we saw were a Great Cormorant, (not really a Lifer as we get them in the UK, but this is a different subspecies of course P. c. novaehollandiae) and Australian Pelican.
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On our way home we stopped off at the town of Black Butt because Hans had heard whispers; now to see if we could find them.

So our first call there was to the Museum which holds some railway relics with a display and information about Roy Emerson (the champion tennis player) who lived there. I thought the seat was very attractive. They don't make them like that any more, do they.

We could see the nest of a Red-rumped Parrot, but I couldn't get a picture, she stayed deep down in the nest box.

Hans is an expert at chatting people up, though, and managed to get directions to a lady who had nice birds in her garden, but she wouldn't be home for a bit. We then went and had a cuppie before setting off to find her house.

When we got there she still wasn't home, but her husband was with another guy who had been doing some work for him. I managed to get a picture of a Willie-Wagtail and Straw-necked Ibis while Hans gleaned yet more information from his new found friends.

Then we set off for another location in the area, a back road with some scattered houses. There we had been told to wait and we should see some Red-tailed Black Cockatoos flying across on their way to roost. Maybe yellow-tailed too.

And come they did, several groups of them. The fourth picture was a quick grab shot out of the car window of the first batch. The last picture I actually managed to get an image showing the red in the tail.
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Had at least 80 Black Cockies over our place a couple of afternoons ago.Computer out of action for a week until yesterday-nasty Trojan.Working again today but still problems.Thus no comments to your postings for quite a while,but enjoying doing the trip again!

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Had at least 80 Black Cockies over our place a couple of afternoons ago.
Ooooh how wonderful - what a grand sight that must have been Hans.

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Computer out of action for a week until yesterday-nasty Trojan.Working again today but still problems.Thus no comments to your postings for quite a while,but enjoying doing the trip again!

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OMG!!! How on earth did you manage that Hans!!! That's really scary when something like that happens. And there was me thinking you were off enjoying yourselves somewhere.

I do hope you get the thing fully sorted before too long.
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I am in awe at all the black & white birds you have come across down under! Nicely captured as well D.

I really like that bench
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Thanks KC.... the Victorians sure knew how to make things that last, didn't they.
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Forest Waterhole

23 October 2019

My final visit to the waterhole, as it was my last full day with Hans and Judy.

Hans made me promise not to take so many pictures today. Well at least I said I'd try. Ended up with about 250 (including some on the way home). That's comparing to my usual 4-500!!!

Of course the Rufous Fantail was there, so I was happy to get a picture of him. Also the regular Lewin's Honeyeater.

A Yellow-throated Scrubwren also wanted to have his portrait taken, so I had to oblige him too, didn't I. The Australian Brushturkey walked past the clementines, so obviously doesn't eat fruit.

However, an Eastern Spinebill was a bit more camera shy, as a quick bathe and off. Hence only a flight capture of this guy.
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Hans and Judy really took care of you! I think this is my favorite picture (yet) of the Rufous Fantail.
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Thanks girls. Those wee fantails were a real delight. And yes, Lisa - Hans and Judy did take care of me very well.
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Next came a couple of Bar-shouldered Doves, and I'm thinking they're probably a pair, with the closest one having much paler plumage?

Another pair, straight after, were the very pretty Red-browed Finches, looks like they missed with the lipstick, doesn't it LOL.

An Eastern Yellow Robin seems to be still rather damp after his bath! Hans now pinched some of my remaining clementine to feed the birds.... so for repayment, the Green Catbird posed for a picture.

Then finally, the Lace Monitor came in; I was beginning to think that he wasn't going to grace us with his presence this day.
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Those red-browed Finches are fat little fellows. And I love the variation you got on the greens of the Green Catbird.
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LOL Hans.... I've never really known the difference, except I think clementines are smaller than mandarins, so I usually just say the first one that comes into my head (and try not to say nectarines by mistake!!!)
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You blew me away with the Green Catbird, eating 'clemandarites'.....how's that for a new word Delia/Hans LOL
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Love it Nora.... 'cept I'm having trouble getting my tongue round the pronunciation. Will go away and practise LOL
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We had a wee while before we needed to be back home, so Hans took me back to Black Butt in the hopes we might see the Parrot.

Looking around, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this glorious Jacaranda tree - they seemed to be growing everywhere and were in full bloom while I was in Queensland.... so pretty.

A blob spotted on a wire got our pulses racing and we got closer.... a pretty Dollarbird.

Then at last the male Red-rumped Parrot sat on another section of the telegraph wire, but I couldn't get the best angle for light from where I was.... but I got a record shot so that'll do for me!

I'll finish that day with what seems to be Nora's favourite from the forest the Green Catbird and the bird that was the driving factor for my trip to Australia in the first place, and Hans' promise that I would see them in his garden and I sure did!!!

Then it was packing and an early night for a quick getaway the next day.

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Bribie Island

24 October 2019

An early start today to get to Brisbane for a lunch time flight. But I still managed a picture of a very handsome Black-faced Cuckooshrike before we left.

Hans and Judy wanted to explore Bribie Island as it was some time since they'd last been there.... and, of course, I was quite happy about that, as it meant I could see those cracking Beach Stone-Curlews again.

In the nearby lagoon was an Australian Ibis - I thought their tails were black, but I see they're actually barred black and white.

A bit further along that lagoon (it's only a narrow strip between the path and beach), was also a Great Egret.

Beyond the lagoon, where there's access to the beach, I wandered down and found a Striated Heron.

So a pretty good start I thought.
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