Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 3, 2019

Around Maleny

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Soouthern Queensland

Nearly out of Queensland. Heading south. Ravensbourne’s rainforest has seen many changes. Aboriginal people camped and gathered food here long before timber-getters arrived to log the forests.

Ravensbourne National Park


Ravensbourne National Park

Then on past Lake Somerset to The Blackall Range. Just near Maleny you can see over the Glasshouse Mountains near to the coast.

McCarthey's Lookout


McCarthey’s Lookout

Just before Kenilworth there is a nice patch of rainforest with big strangler figs.

Fig Tree Walk


Fig Tree Walk

High up in the mountains, there is the town of Mapleton with the nearby Mapleton National Park.

Mapleton National Park


Mapleton National Park

On the northern side of Lake Baroom there is a dam and spillway. This morning the fog was closed in.

Lake Baroom spillway


Lake Baroom

Heading up into the hills again, I stopped at the Andrew Drynan Park just before the Border Ranges and New South Wales.

Border Ranges National Park


Border Ranges National Park.

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July 23, 2019

Circuit to Maleny

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Blackall Ranges

After Kenilworth, I turned right at the road towards the Obi Obi Creek, where I camped for the night. There were not many birds around but it was a nice peaceful camp by the creek. The next day I kept going to Mapleton Lilyponds, where I went for a walk around the pond. A few Dusky Moorhen and that was about it.

Eastern Yellow Robin


Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

Just up the road is Mapleton National Park, where this little beauty posed for me. Looking for attention as per usual.

Restless Flycatcher


Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

The next day I headed out of Mapleton towards the northern end of Lake Baroon. The morning was very foggy but I was lucky to get some shots of these Restless Flycatchers.

Restless Flycatcher


Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

Blackall Ranges bird list

Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Laughing Kookaburra
Dusky Moorhen
Grey Fantail
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Welcome Swallow
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

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July 22, 2019

Toowoombah to Maleny

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Blackall Range

Just north of Toowoombah, I headed east again and ended up at the Ravensbourne National Park.

Grey Fantail


Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

Going south again and I went for a walk around Kilcoy Wetland , situated in the middle of town at Yowie Park.

Australian White Ibis


Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

The pink bare skin at the back of the head really stand out on this one.

Royal Spoonbill


Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

In breeding plumage with the pink on the crown and the yellow patch above the eyes.

I stopped off at Lake Somerset, just off Westvale Road where I had a nice relaxing day sunbaking and reading a book. I went past Maleny which was chock a block full of people, and moved on to Fritz Park near Conoldale.

Red-browed Finch


Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis temporalis)

Red-backed Fairy-wren


Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

My last stop was at Fig Tree Walk, just before Kenilworth.

Yellow-throated Scrubwren


Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)

I could not get rid of the red-eye from the flash. It was so dark. I do not like using flash but sometimes it is unavoidable.

Southern Queensland Bird list

Lewins Honeyeater
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)
Silvereye
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Swamphen
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Dusky Moorhen
White-faced Heron
Brown Honeyeater
Pied Butcherbird
Little Pied Cormorant
Australasian Grebe
Masked Lapwing
Little Corella
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis temporalis)
Restless Flycatcher
Eastern Whipbird
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)

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July 17, 2019

Southern Downs Tourist

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Dalby to Toowoomba

From Chinchilla in the Southern Downs of Queensland, I went east to Dalby, then north to Jimbour Station which was pretty bizarre. It was built more than a hundred years ago for a rich grazier. It is a bit full on I reckon.

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Then further east to Toowoomba , then north again to Crows Nest where I went along the walking track from Bullocy Rest Area to the Pumphole Lookout.

Statues of bullocks pulling  a wagon


Statues of bullocks pulling a wagon

The back of the wagon.


The back of the wagon.

The Pumphole


The Pumphole

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Crows Nest Queensland

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Southern Downs Birding

I had not taken any photos for about a week. It has been so cold. The last few nights I have woken up with ice covering the windscreen. brrr. This morning I did not get out until after 9am. That is unheard of for me. It is just too cold. I took a few photos at Charley’s Creek at Chinchilla a few days ago but nothing much was there. This morning I stopped at Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba and went for a walk from the Bullocky Rest Area along Applegum Walk to Pumphole Lookout.

Pied Currawong


Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

Laughing Kookaburra


Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Grey Shrike-thrush


Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

Southern Downs bird list

Australian King-Parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
Noisy Miner
Straw-necked Ibis
Masked Lapwing
Cockatiel
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Apostlebird

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July 10, 2019

Wandoan Queensland

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Western Downs Queensland

Redbank Reserve is somewhere in the central west of Queensland. I have forgotten exactly where it was now. It was so long ago. After that I kept going south. It had been raining for days and this morning was the first chance that I had got to take the camera for a walk. So here I am at Wandoan, wandering around the Waterloo Plain Environmental Park.

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Striped Honeyeater


Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater


Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Little Pied Cormorant


Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Mistletoebird


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hiruninaceum)

Central Queensland bird list

Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Pied Butcherbird
Spotted Bowerbird
Galah
Magpie-lark
Australian Magpie
Mistletoebird
Weebill
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana modesta)
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

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July 2, 2019

Aramac Birding

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Central Western Queensland.

I left Muttaburra in the afternoon and drove to Aramac, about eighty kilometers east of Muttaburra. It is a small village with a shop and a camping area. I found a nice camp site near Aramac Creek at the 5 Emus Camp Site. I wandered around in the afternoon and saw a few birds and in the morning walked along the creek and back again. The Aramac Creek Rail Bridge was first built in 1913 by the Aramac Shire Council. The bridge is all that remains of the original rail line between Aramac and Barcaldine. Here are my bird photos.

Plum-headed Finch


Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

Aramac bird list

Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)
Zebra Finch
Red-backed Fairy-wren
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Mistletoebird
Apostlebird
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

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July 1, 2019

Artesian Outback

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Winton to Muttaburra Bird Watching

After Hughenden, I headed south to Winton where I spent the night at Mistake Creek, just out of town. There was a film festival at Winton so I went and saw Outlaws, starring Tom Hardy. After doing some internet stuff, I headed east towards Longreach and then went north again along a dirt road to Muttaburra.

Hardhead  and Grey Teals


Hardhead ( Aythya australis) and Grey Teal

In the morning I had a look at the Winton Sewerage Works. There were a few ducks around but not much.

Sacred Kingfisher


Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I camped the night at Union Hole where striking shearers carted their water from Union Hole with a horse and dray in 1891. At Union Camp approximately 400 striking shearers camped here in March 1891. The remains of the main camp oven can still be seen along with other relics.

Spotted Bowerbird


Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

adult corvid


adult corvid

Not sure which one. Too hard to tell maybe.

Central West Queensland bird list

Australian Magpie
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata)
Zebra Finch
Australian Reed-Warbler
Australasian Grebe
Australian Swamphen
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Eurasian Coot
Black Kite
White-headed Stilt
Singing Honeyeater
Pied Butcherbird
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Black-fronted Dotterel
Willie Wagtail
Restless Flycatcher
Sacred Kingfisher
Galah
Spotted Bowerbird
Fairy Martin
Rufous-throated Honeyeater

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June 27, 2019

Kennedy Development Road

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Central Northern Queensland 1.

I headed south from the Atherton Tablelands. Just past Mount Garnet, I turned left onto the Kennedy Development Road. The first night I camped at the turnoff to the Valley of Lagoons. A lovely name but I had no idea what that was all about. The next day I found Moonstone Hill, where I dried out all my bed stuff. In the afternoon I walked down to some wetlands/swamp. There were a few herons and ibis hanging out but nothing special. So I carried on and found a camp near a water-hole at Lake Louisa. The next day I stopped off at Porcupine Gorge National Park and was rewarded with some photos of a Squatter Pigeon.

Squatter Pigeon


Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta)

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron

Noisy Miner


Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Having a bath in a dam.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella ( Platycercus adscitus palliceps )

Sunset pouring through the dust


Sunset pouring through the dust

After a road train came past.

Kennedy Development Road bird list

Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta)
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Straw-necked Ibis
Pied Butcherbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Pale-headed Rosella ( Platycercus adscitus palliceps )
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)

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June 24, 2019

Lake Mitchell

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Mount Molloy 2

In the afternoon, I headed back south to Lake Mitchell to have a look for some finches. I did not find any other than Double-barred Finches. Hmm , as a matter of fact I did not see much at all. Once more and big DOH!! After that I went up the road to the Big Mitchell River but saw absolutely nothing. There was plenty of grass but no finches. In the morning I went once again to the Rifle Creek Rest Area just north of Mount Molloy. More rainforest birds and a severe lack of light.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )

Golden-headed Cisticola


Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Scarlet Honeyeater


Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

It probably should be called Scarlet Myzomela.

Magpie Goose


Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Little Shrike-thrush


Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Spectacled Monarch


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Mount Molloy Bird List

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
Forest Kingfisher
Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )
Willie Wagtail
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Australian Brush-turkey

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