real budgies

Hidden in the trees chattering away live thousands of budgerigars on the dry desert fringes.  They always seem so chirpy and happy to be going about their life with a mate.

One of my absolute favourite birds.

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bundjalung national park

After travelling the  twenty or so kilometres of narrow dirt road you are rewarded with the Black Rocks section of the Bundjalung National Park.  Long expanses of deserted beach, creeks for paddling and exploring, and a diversity of wildlife awaits you.  A noisy sea at night gives way to a warm orange sunrise across the black rocks.

refreshments at nindigully

What more can you ask for –  a great camp spot overlooking the Moonie River (in southern Queensland) on one side and the Nindigully Pub on the other side.  Refreshing all round!

 

bird watching along the Daintree River

Early morning and it’s misty rain again on the Daintree.  We venture out anyway on our small wildlife cruise, big lens (although someone will have a bigger one!) and rain gear.  Thankfully the light was good and perfect for capturing, inclusive of rain spots, a few treasures along the Daintree River.

Chillagoe charms

Tucked away a couple of hundred kilometres west of Cairns is the small town of Chillagoe.  The rainforest and the wet tropics quickly disappear and you are into dry country with lots of rocks and dust. Once a bustling smelting town, it is now much quieter.  Don’t make the mistake however of thinking because there is no hustle and bustle there is nothing to do. Quite the opposite.

Play golf, go swimming, explore the smelting history, go caving or take  a cool ale at one of the pubs.  No need to set an alarm, the galah chorus will get you up on time. You can easily check the weather before your planned activities too!

Bowra – a sanctuary for birds

From the moment you drive through the gate at ‘Bowra’ you feel land that has been treated well in its previous life as a sheep and cattle property.  Bowra’ is now an Australian Wildlife Conservancy property in western Queensland, near Cunnamulla.  Birding Queensland have listed over 200 species of birds on the 14000 hectare property. Credit needs to go to the former farming family who understood and respected the land, practicing sustainable farming techniques during their long tenure.

Here are some of the birds I was able to enjoy the company of on a recent visit.

 

Warrawong on the Darling

Just outside Wilcannia in western NSW is this wonderful hideaway. Camp or caravan to enjoy the Darling River, billabongs and the birds.

Bask in the colours of the skies and listen to the early birds waking or the night critters stirring in the cool of the evening.

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