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Old Wednesday 8th January 2020, 22:44   #326
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Thanks Delia, love all the photos and narratives.
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All gorgeous images D and I love the head of hair on the Pied Butcherbird!
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Your pictures get better and better Delia. Looks like going for the P900 was a great move.
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Thanks Mike.... it sure did a good job for me.

Had a few issues with it in the early days (mainly every now and then I couldn't control the zoom.... zoomed out and it would immediately zoom in again!??). While we were in the Gold Coast we went to Camera Land where Hans & Judy had purchased the camera. And the guy was really helpful. He guessed I'd put my finger on a button on the side.

Seems he was right, 'cos it's not happened since.
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Arriving at the top, Judy and I clambered over a gate and went up a track a bit into the forest. Suddenly I saw a blob up in a tree and managed to get Judy onto it.

Began to shake then... a much wanted Wompoo Fruit Dove... and Hans wasn't with us!!

A bit of manoeuvring (by me and the bird LOL) and the use of Judy's shoulder (then later some processing by Hans) produced this picture. What a star this bird is.

Beside the car, I took a picture of this Quondong fruit - rather attractive these, aren't they.

We then drove / stopped / walked down the valley, but I've no more pictures. However, we heard or saw Red-browed Finches, Black-faced Monarch, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, White-faced Heron, Welcome Swallow.

Then we arrived at, believe it or not, Pisspot Pond and stopped there for a while to see what was around, not much apart from an Ibis having a preen. A Spangled Drongo called as he flew over.

Continuing on, Judy pointed out this beautiful Flame Tree (I think the trees in the background are Bunya Pines - fell in love with them).
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Another absolute stunner in that Wompoo Fruit Dove Delia!

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I have been avidly following this thread from the very beginning as if it was a favourite TV show (I have said this before), but in the past ten days or so it has taken on a new significance, as I have been looking at the pictures of green valleys and colourful birds trying to find some relief from the terrible news of the bushfires in Oz. Keep it up Delia!
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Thanks Chris... he was rather special!

Oh 3IB... thank you so much for the lovely comments. An Aussie soap... who'd have thought it LOL

But I'm so glad that my attempts at recording my trip is bringing pleasure to you. So you'll be pleased to hear that the next episode is in production!
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We arrived at Mudgeeraba Hinterlands and the Glossy Black Cockatoo walk, but failed again to find any.

However, we did manage to see a few other birds, such as a rather nice Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, the Spangled Drongo returned to see us and a Magpie Lark.

We then went for a drive round the country lanes of Bonogin, tried a forest walk, but gave that one up very quickly, as it was too hot and there didn't seem to be any birds around at all.

We stopped for a while for a cuppie in a quiet backwater and I managed to get a couple of pictures.

In this area we also saw / heard a male Satin Bowerbird, White Ibis, Australian Magpie, Rainbow Lorikeet and Noisy Miner

There was a Pied Butcherbird sitting in a tree keeping an eye on a youngster on the ground. I'm trying to decide if the one in the tree is a female or an older juvenile? Also a Galah popped onto the ground nearby for a feed.
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Nice pictures, really like the markings you can see on the Pied Butcherbird. And the Galahs coloring.
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Arriving at the top, Judy and I clambered over a gate and went up a track a bit into the forest. Suddenly I saw a blob up in a tree and managed to get Judy onto it.

Began to shake then... a much wanted Wompoo Fruit Dove... and Hans wasn't with us!!

A bit of manoeuvring (by me and the bird LOL) and the use of Judy's shoulder (then later some processing by Hans) produced this picture. What a star this bird is.

Beside the car, I took a picture of this Quondong fruit - rather attractive these, aren't they.

We then drove / stopped / walked down the valley, but I've no more pictures. However, we heard or saw Red-browed Finches, Black-faced Monarch, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, White-faced Heron, Welcome Swallow.

Then we arrived at, believe it or not, Pisspot Pond and stopped there for a while to see what was around, not much apart from an Ibis having a preen. A Spangled Drongo called as he flew over.

Continuing on, Judy pointed out this beautiful Flame Tree (I think the trees in the background are Bunya Pines - fell in love with them).
I think I enjoyed hearing the Wompoo Fruit Doves as much as seeing them.
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Thanks Lisa, and you too Sue.

Yeah the Wompoo Fruit Dove sure does have a great call, doesn't he. So distinctive.
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But first the night before: I was in my cabin, having downloaded the day's images and was packing my stuff ready to leave the next morning, when Hans came hammering on my door and told me to come quickly!

By the time I'd got my feet on and collected my camera he was out of sight and I'd no idea where he'd gone (it was quite dark). However, I saw a lot of people at the kitchen block so headed that way.

WOWSER!! A wee family of Brushtail Possums. Father up the tree and mother and a bairn on the ground. They didn't seem too phased by the light being shone on them and gave us some good views before she took the baby under the building.

A wonderful experience that and I went to bed a happy bunny.

So the next morning we were heading home but called in at Oxenford Weir on the way, much earlier in the day than the previous visit so it would be interesting to see what was there.

A charming Willie-Wagtail was displaying so nicely (wish I knew how to do videos). Whereas our wagtails pump their tails up and down, these go left to right

Out in the water was a Little Egret in his beautiful breeding plumage. Still around was the tiny Striated Heron, while another new spot for the site was a stunning Sacred Kingfisher.
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While Hans and I were checking out the area of the weir, Judy had taken the car into town to stock up on supplies for home.

But she missed out on some quite nice sightings really.

The next was a hunting Great Crested Tern who came close enough for some flight shots, which I'd always had great difficulty with before. Then there was a couple of Pacific Black Ducks, both new ticks for this site.

Up on the power lines above the car park was a pair of Welcome Swallows. In a distant tree sat an Osprey. Then later the swallows were replaced by a Crested Pigeon. I still think these are the cutest of all the pigeons/doves that I've seen LOL
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Love those Possums! A cracking shot of the Tern too Delia - you're really getting to grips with the new camera!

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Thanks Chris. The possums were gorgeous!!!
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All the while, I'd been keeping a sharp look-out on the wall of the weir to try and spot the water dragon again.

Eventually I got him... and not only that but a young one too!!

Having gone across there to get closer images of them, I then decided to have a wander along the footpath on the other side to see what might be happening there.

There was an awful lot of weed close to the bank. A couple of Dusky Moorhens were messing about in it, but the pictures were too awful to post (light was wrong is my excuse)

Back at the weir, a Silver Gull had come in, then a Little Black Cormorant emerged from the water with a great flurry of water!

Judy returned and we then set off to continue our journey.
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I'm not the biggest gull fan in the world but that Silver Gull is rather smart!

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LOL I'm the same Chris... they're so confusing, especially the young ones. But what I found interesting was that this was really the only gull I saw - just one other in WA.
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Cute possums, I really like the Kingfisher photo!
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You've done it again, I go away for a few days and you post more great snaps and make me even more jealous. Really liking the report Delia.
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Thank you Lisa and Keith.

I don't think you can even come close to knowing how much that holiday meant to me, and how lovely it is to re-live each day as I go through the pictures.

Especially when I'm reminded of such delightful encounters with creatures like the possums.
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On the way home we stopped at Wivenhoe Dam for a nosey and refreshments.

The way down to the water was quite a bit steeper than it appears in my picture, but I managed.

I'm sure there were other birds around, but the ones I've shown here are Hardhead, Little Pied Cormorant, Black Swan and Great Crested Grebe.

This was the first time I'd seen this grebe and Hans said that he'd not seen one for years out there.

Also recorded, but no pictures were Noisy Miner and Pied Butcherbird.

That lake was way far bigger than it would appear from my picture and spreads for miles!! https://osm.org/go/ueGEbps-
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That's a big arse lake and I sure love that fantastic image of the Little Pied Cormorant D!
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Wow, that Pied Cormorant image is awesome.
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