Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 17, 2010

Tamborine Mountain

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 12:28 am

The Knoll

Tamborine Mountain is out the back of the Gold Coast in Queensland. I think it is called the Gold Coast Hinterland. I was on my way to Lamington National Park when I saw the sign, so I just turned off. The road up the mountain is incredibly steep. I wonder why people live at the top of this massive mountain. It boggles the mind. It is also incredibly difficult to find out where things are. But at least in summer time, it is probably nice and cool. Probably like an Indian hill station for the Raj.

This morning I went for a walk along the track at The Knoll. It goes through some great rain-forest, and there are lots of these Strangler Figs.

Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig

I did not see a lot of birds. There were some Scrub Turkeys scratching around near the picnic ground and I did hear a couple of whipbirds. In the rainforest I spotted a Brown Cuckoo-dove and some other indecipherable birds who were scratching around in the leaf litter but the light was so bad I could not even see them properly let alone take a photo of them. Near the water fall, I did manage to see a few Lewin’s Honeyeaters as well as Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. And lots and lots of these spiders, whose webs were shining in the morning sun.

Spider with web

In town at North Tamborine, I did manage to spot about half a dozen Blue-faced Honeyeaters playing around on the electricity wires. I did not have my camera with me so there is no photo. doh!

Mt Tamborine bird list

Scrub Turkey
Eastern Whipbird
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Brown Thornbill
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Australian Magpie
Laughing Kookaburra
Blue-faced Honeyeater


  1. the sparkly web shot!

    Comment by Dawn Fine — April 17, 2010 @ 12:50 am

  2. What a unique tree.

    Comment by Debbie Miller @HooootOwl — April 17, 2010 @ 4:19 am

  3. thanks deb and dawn. hey that sounds like a good name for a duo.

    “And now for your entertainment ladies and gentlemen, its……. Deb and Dawn”

    Thunderous applause….
    cue curtains.

    Comment by admin — April 19, 2010 @ 11:10 am

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