Wyreema and Cambooya

Hodgson Creek, Cambooya, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016

 I was delighted to meet photographer Charles Dove on an outing with Michael Atzeni on Friday morning. Mick took the two of us to the Wyreema Wetlands and to Hodgson's Creek at Cambooya for a couple of hours. The light was a bit dull and waterbirds were less abundant than usual at the wetlands but we still enjoyed a collection of beautiful Australian birds. If you look through these pics, don't you think Australia is truly gifted with its parrots? So vivid even in dull conditions.

It was a wonderful little outing outing and I'm very grateful to Mick and Charles for taking me.

I hope you are having a great holiday season.

Wyreema Wetlands, Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016

Australian Wood Duck with some Grey Teal

Australian Wood Duck

Wyreema Wetlands


Wyreema Wetlands

Little Black Flying Fox


Australian Hobby


Australian White Ibis


Indian Myna


Pacific Black Duck

Pale-headed Rosella

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rock Doves 


I assume this is a strange juvenile Pale-headed Rosella
Or it is an Eastern Rosella or Crimson Rosella!!

Maybe, Paradise Parrot?


Australian Wood Duck

Zebra Finch 



Zebra Finch


Guardians of Westgate Park

Brown Falcon
launching from a stone sculpture with the
Westgate Bridge in the background.

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Here are some photos from the Kodak Photo CD made on May 13, 1999. All these shots were at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne in the 1990s. I don't know why I wanted these scanned. I think they had landmarks. I often visited the park in the 1990s as it was the best place to find raptors near the Melbourne CBD. 

I have many nice memories and loads of negatives and slides. Nothing worth hanging on the wall but I think I have some nice historical records for the end of the century. 

Apart from these pictures I also remember photographing a Spotted Harrier having a dogfight with a Whistling Kite in the middle of a 45C day. Who in their right mind would be out birding then?

I also had a close encounter with a young Black Falcon cutting through the park (winter). Well out of its recorded area but I'd been photographing them a week earlier in Queensland and felt they were following me around.

I watched a Nankeen Kestrel grab an Indian Myna in flight and the two cart-wheeled to the ground. I got two shots of it. It would be nice to find them. The birds disappeared behind a hedge in a business property next to the park so I couldn't go in. Neither bird appeared again, leaving me to imagine the outcome.

Other raptors included, Australian Hobby (regular), Brown Goshawk - I watched being chased away by a team of Black-shouldered Kite and Peregrine Falcon (on one occasion), Collared Sparrowhawk, and Swamp Harrier. 

Pretty cool for a major urban environment!

For more information about Westgate Park please visit: Friends of Westgate Park

Nankeen Kestrel

Little Eagle

Peregrine Falcon (above and below)

Black-shouldered Kite

Fox and Australian White Ibis

Immortals Rock Isle

Pacific Black Duck

Toowoomba Japanese Gardens, Queensland, Australia

January 7, 2014

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Some photos taken at the Toowoomba Japanese Gardens with a borrowed Nikon Coolpix S9100. I was a little frustrated with the focussing but I just took a lot of pics until I got them right. It's a little super zoom and it was pretty handy carrying it in my pocket.

Australian White Ibis

Domestic Duck

Little Black Cormorant

Australian Magpie

Summer Christmas

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (left and right); Royal Spoonbill (centre)

(There's a small plover bottom left too)

Wyreema Water Treatment Plant, Queensland, Australia

December 22, 2013

Having my first Christmas back home since before the floods and great earthquake of 2011. (I have been back since then but not in summer). Niigata had a maximum of 8 yesterday and I imagine grey skies. Nice and blue here. The sun is strong if you stand under it but in the shade the breeze is cool and dry. Different from the radiant heat of Niigata in summer. The forecast here is for a temperature rise over Christmas however.

On Sunday afternoon I had a nice outing  with Michael Atzeni and Rod Hobson to Wyreema. Many waterbirds about the place and we were looking for avian visitors from the west which would be avoiding the hot dry drought out there. Michael and Rod are highly efficient naturalists and we recorded some exciting records but I was too useless with my camera to get rarities such as Freckled Duck and a possible Black Honeyeater. 

Pink-eared Duck and Plumed Whistling Duck looked so beautiful and unique on ground an in air but even commoners such as Australian White and Straw-necked Ibis were familiar faces that I was so happy to see. I regret now that I didn't spend more time trying to photo a Nankeen Kestrel that was busy going back and forth overhead. 

Had a nice outing the following morning with Kevin Williams and will post some pics in a couple of days. Just two short outings and over six hundred shots taken. 

I hope you are having a nice time this Christmas and I'm looking forward to having more time the next few days to check other blogs. Holidays are a grand time. 

Same spoonbills with an Australian White Ibis (second from the left)

Pink-eared Ducks and Plumed Whistling Ducks

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (above and below)

Looks nice a green east of the draught.

White-necked Heron with blue sky

Straw-necked Ibis

Australian Hobby thumbing a ride roadside

Toowoomba Japanese Gardens for Birding

Australian White Ibis


Toowoomba Japanese Gardens, Queensland, Australia


Was reading at the start of the week that the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers had officially commenced for 2013. Made me a touch homesick. I recall I attended a parade ten years ago. Before that, it had been two to three decades earlier that I went enthusiastically with big eyes. I remember beautiful carnival floats covered with flowers puttering by with pretty girls smiling and waving. Famous  radio announcers described the floats and said who they were sponsored by. I also remember being scared of the guys wearing giant paper-mache heads wandering around between the floats.  I was just little. 

These photos are files from 2007 and 2008. Maybe the end of winter. I remember there were plenty of flying foxes in the trees. I think they have been rid of by now. I think it's actually pretty cool. No matter how hard you work to make something authentic the local animals have got to stick their noses in it. I think it is a richer place for it. All the Australian species making the gardens home.

Australian Darter


also known as White-eyed Duck

Flying Foxes

Black Flying Fox

July 31, 2008

Pentax K200D with Sigma 28-300mm lens