2014-10-13

140909 Queensland Atherton Tablelands

Queensland, Australia 2014-09-05--09-25
140909 Tuesday
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Breakfast would be served at 7.00h but we met in the garden at 6.30 to see the morning birdlife in the area.

We spent the day visiting several places in Atherton Tablelands. It is a great area for birders and lovers of all kinds of nature and wildlife.

Places visited during the day:
Bromfield Swamp: We visited the Bromfield Swamp rather early in the morning as we left a 8 and then filled the bus at a gas station. It is a crater area with a wetland at the bottom. A beautiful place but for my taste the birds was too far away.






NP of Mt Hypipamee:  On this part of the park we were looking for Golden Bower bird. We found a garden and one bird. And we also found a larger bird. A family of Southern Cassowary. 2 adult and one chick. This was a great experience as the birds came close. The young was rather curious about us. But they made my companions nervous. Or scared really. But I sensed no hostility from the birds. But had to slowly back off. 




Tarzali lakes:  This place hosted a lot of Purple moorhens and the Platypus  or duck-billed platypus. It was great to watch both species. They also have a restaurant so people took their lunch there. As I don´t eat that much I walked around the ponds having a banana for lunch. There was also a fenced in area with cows and cattle herons. 




Lake Tinaroo was next stop, a man made reservoir of dam. A few birds on the shore and in the air. 

Curtain Figtree:  then we went to see the Curtain Fig Tree. It was amazing. So tall and so interesting to see how it came to be. Nature is a great creator. 










Nerada Tea Estate:  Now it was Teatime and time to see the Tree kangoroos. They procuced some very nice tea on the Estate. And outside in eh trees they hosted some Tree Kangoroos. There was a few sleeping high up in the trees so, not so much to see after all.



Owl  watching and kites, location I´m not sure. But it was very rewarding for me. The Australian Kite was there and I love that bird and it´s relatives. My birding friends stood on a gravel road looking for owls but as I noticed the Kites I has all of my attention on them. One kite sat down on a pole and I started to move towars it. Keeping an eye at my companions if they start yelling I can´t do that. But noone screamed. The owl was not expected to be in my direction. After maybe 20 min the Kite I was watching was chased away by another kite. Guess if my camera went warm then? And my day was saved.  :)


There was only one owl seen that evening and it seemed injured as it could not lift into the air. Our guide had to call somebody tomorrow to see if they can take care of the owl. 

Chambers Lodge A late dinner and Todays birdlist before going to bed. But on the way down to the room we took a quick look at a Striped Possum licking honey at a balcony they had where they lit up a feeding place for them.
Actually, I think this image is upside down. I think it had it´s head down.




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27 comments:

  1. Lovely shots of Queensland!

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  2. It all sounds delightful and that Kite with its wings spread is perfect!

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  3. Gorgeous images from your trip! I agree about the Kites, it is an awesome bird. Great capture.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  4. Sounds like you visited a lot of places in one day. It all looks so exotic to me!

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  5. A most beautiful area of Australia!

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  6. Lovely, peaceful sky! Aloha

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  7. Such a beautiful place and lovely skies!! Terrific captures for the day as always!! I, too, love the Kite with his wings spread! Superb!!

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  8. Lovely shots of Queensland!

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  9. A great location and series of shots!

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  10. Always nice for me to see photos of places I haven't traveled too. That looks like a lovely area!

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  11. Nydelig himmel!
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  12. Great images -- I especially like that last one.

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  13. I felt that I was on this birding trip with you. I have been to some of those places before and it was lovely to see the Cassowary. We had a couple in the Etty Bay area and I loved seeing them. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Wonderful post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  15. You got a whole load of iconic animals - great pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  16. Thanks for the Kites and others, they are superb.

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  17. A great selection of pictures.

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  18. Hope the owl was rescued and they were able to mend its injuries.

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  19. Amazing photos! What a wonderful trip!

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  20. Fina bilder. Vilken spännande dag ni hade.

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  21. What a wondrous place to visit! So many cool animals and the fig tree is amazing. I;ve never seen anything like it.

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  22. Great shots of your travels, I saw a lot of Banyan trees with their fantastic aerial roots at the zoo in San Diego. The Cassowary bird is awesome, beautiful colors and form. The tree kangaroo and striped possum are so cute, great photos!

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  23. I've never even heard of a tree kangaroo. Very interesting. That is a fantastic photo of the kite.

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