a possum release at Serendipity

At Serendipity we have been carefully restoring the property back to nature.  We recently had a release of a gorgeous blond brushtail possum at Serendipity to enjoy some of our hard work so far.

She was very keen to inspect her new abode from the safety of her supplied nesting box from Wilvos here on the Sunshine Coast.

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red belly in the herb garden

red belly in the herb gardenMaybe he/she thought the herb garden was a herpetarium! Obviously good hunting grounds for small marsupials has seen this red belly snake (pseudechis porphyriacus) return on several occasions to seek out its prey on warmer summer days here at Serendipity.  Oh well, not all critters in a wildlife sanctuary are human friendly!

Pretty much ignoring me while I took the photos, except towards the end, when it decided it needed to show a bit more size in the form of its cobra pose.

red belly does the cobra pose

platypus do live in Eungella NP

While places advertise wildlife sightings, not all of them live up to the expectation.  Eungella National Park, west of Mackay in North Queensland, did not disappoint.  Sightings of the platpus in the late afternoon and early morning were guaranteed.  In fact for the more patient watcher there were several platypus going about their daily routines at any one time.  What a treat and what is more, no difficult tracks and trails to get there!

high in the Paluma Range

Eighteen kilometres of steep and winding road (sealed thankfully) will get you to the crest of the Paluma Range (inland to the north west from Townsville). Within an hour of being there in the late afternoon, the mist rolled in.  The sounds were deadened and silence prevailed through the night. The air was cool and crisp, unlike the coast it rose above.  Walking in the forests was rewarding with birds high in the tree tops, waterfalls and fungi adorning what it could find.

During WW2 the Paluma Range provided a critical communications point for wartime operations in the Pacific.

no 7 at the country show

no 7 at the country show

Not sure whether or not no 7 gave the same look to the judges on the day.

air mail

new mailbox required (1)

And there I was thinking the mailman was just skipping our place!

a frosty sunshine coast

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its sunshine of course.  This morning though in the farming hinterland there was a big frost creating a very

different landscape.  The air was fresh fresh fresh and the icy chill in the air exhilarating. It is now a much balmier 15 degrees here in the hinterland hills.

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