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Southern Queensland BirdingAuthor: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: December 2006
My wife fixed chicken breast stuffed with Proscuito, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese and baby spinach leaves served with left over mashed potatoes for dinner.
On Jan 2 we have reached the halfway point of our Epic Circumnavigation of Australia (in terms of days). We celebrated by going antique shopping followed by Cappuccino, thick chocolate-malt milkshake, and scones with jam and cream.
We had lots of Double-barred Finches and Striated Pardalotes at the feeder and bath this afternoon. A Red-necked Wallaby came along and finished off the birdseed just before a steady rain set in for the night.
On Jan 5 the sky was blue and we left for Queen Mary Falls at 7am. There were heaps of Golden-headed Cisticolas beside the road. When we got into the mountains we saw a Pied Currawong being chased by a mob of Bell's Minors.
The recent rains put some water cascading over Tevoit Falls. The water kind of evaporated during the 300 ft drop, but regrouped for a final rush to the bottom.
When we got to the top of the mountain it started misting. We headed home. On the drive home we saw flocks of Straw-necked Ibis circling like Vultures. For dinner my wife prepared another version of Pumpkin, Basil and Ricotta Ravioli. This time she served it with fried zucchini, tomatoes slices, and Haloumi cheese; and topped it all with a creamy sun dried tomato sauce. Beautiful!!!
On Jan 6 it was relatively cool this morning (58F). We drove to Ipswich (pronounced Ip-Switch) and bought "The Complete Field guide to Butterflies in Australia" by Michael Braby.
Australia does not have a large number of butterfly species by World standards, but about half of the 398 butterflies found here are found no where else. Unfortunately, the best butterfly areas in Australia are north of Cairns, where you can find 270 species (the further north you go in the Cape York Peninsula the better). The areas of NSW, Victoria and SA we will be in over the next 2 months have 193 butterfly species. Butterflies drop down to 56 in SW WA. When we get back to the Top End of the NT the population increases to126 butterfly species.
On Jan 7 we were off at 6am for White Swamp. The Wallaby count was way down, but there were gangs of juveniles hopping around aimlessly (I guess they recently got kicked out by Mom).
Channel-billed Cuckoos were out in force -- they look like flying Crosses. When we crossed into NSW we saw 20 Eastern Rosellas. They were eating the seeds out of Purple Thistle plants. A female Satin Bowerbird was incurring the wrath of a mob of Noisy Miner birds. Our best small bird was a Yellow-faced Honeyeater.
On Jan 8 we got up early for tea and coffee. Later, we did some packing while the house was cool. We spent the morning birding from the veranda and saw a Striped Warbler.
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