Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 19, 2010

Lamington National Park

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Green Mountains Section

17th April 2010

The Lamington National Park is on the northern rim of the Mount Warning Shield Volcano which erupted millions of years ago. The Border Ranges National Park is on the western rim of the old crater. To get to the Green Mountains Section turn off at Nerang on the M1 motorway (between the Gold Coast and Brisbane) and follow the Beaudesert-Nerang Road towards Canungra. At Canungra turn left and head for the hills up a winding steep road, but be careful of all the mad drivers!

O’Reilly’s Guest House is at the end of the road, as well as a camp ground. Make sure to book ahead for camp sites. Go to http://www.qld.gov.au/camping or ring 131304. I would highly recommend the camp site, it is cheap and has hot showers. The people at O’Reilly’s are really nice as well, so if you are loaded, stay there. When I got there in the afternoon I wandered around the camp ground following a Red-necked Pademelon and her joey. The next morning there were quite a few feeding on the grass.

Red-necked Pademelon
Red-necked Pademelon (Thylogale thetis)

Going up to the Tree Top Walk there were Brush Turkeys, Crimson Rosellas, Satin Bowerbird, White-browed Scrubwren and Brown Cuckoo-dove. The Tree Top Walk is great. You walk amongst the canopy of the rainforest and even can climb up further to the top of the highest tree. After that, I went to the Green Mountain Gardens, looking for a bower that the ranger told me about, but I could not find it. I did see both male and female Satin Bowerbirds, though.

Border Track

The Border Track goes for about twenty kilometers but I only went along for about one of them. That did me. There were lots of White-browed Scrubwren and some Eastern Yellow Robin. I did manage to get a photo of a Yellow-throated Scrubwren, but had to use flash. Rainforests are not good for photography.

Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)

A Wonga Pigeon was feeding along the track and was about 2 meters away from me at one stage. A lot of the birds near O’Reilly’s are very used to humans.

Python Rock

18th April 2010

The next morning I woke up early to clouds and drizzle. On the way back from the toilet, a whipbird was pecking around on the track. Unbelievable. Out in full sight and me without my camera. I rushed back to get it but he would not come out into the open again. So I consoled myself with a cup of tea and a bowl of muesli and set off down the road to Python Rock. This track is 3.1 kilometers return and goes through rainforest and eucalypt forest where the grass trees and hakeas grow.

On the way, I spotted a Satin Bowerbird bower. It was just by the side of the road and looked abandoned.

Satin Bowerbird bower
Satin Bowerbird bower

One thing that intrigued me was: “Why do rainforest trees have camouflage designs on them?” There must be a reason.

Camouflaged Tree
This tree is camouflaged. Why?

The other question posed by a sign was “Why do quite a few rainforest trees have buttresses?” I do not know why but know that some New Guinea kids have made surfboards from buttress roots. I was almost back to the track head when I heard this scratching near me. They were a pair of logrunners. I tried to get some photos but it was extremely difficult as they were hiding behind ferns most of the time. Anyhow, I did manage to get a decent photo and here it is. Whew!

Logrunner
Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii)

Any, back to the camp and off to the cafe so I could write this up. I was peacefully having my coffee and this great big Brush Turkey jumps up on the table and starts finishing off someone’s cuppa. Then the Crimson Rosellas started feeding on the leftovers on another table. Hmm, I am not so sure about feeding birds.

Crimson Rosella has high tea
Crimson Rosella dining out at O’Reilly’s

Lamington NP bird list

Brush Turkey
Crimson Rosella
Satin Bowerbird
White-browed Scrubwren
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Whipbird
Wonga Pigeon
Red-browed Finch
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
Logrunner
Golden Whistler
Lewin’s Honeyeater

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