Wyreema Wastewater Treatment Plant

Royal Spoonbill and Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Wyreema Wastewater Treatment Plant, Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

In the last few years I have enjoyed some visits to the Wyreema Wastewater Treatment Plant with members of the Toowoomba Bird Observers.

Wyreema is a small town on the south-western outskirts of Toowoomba.

It is a wonderful place to see some extraordinary Australian wildlife. Some highlights include, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Australian Pelican, Pink-eared Duck, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Black Falcon, and the list goes on. Apart from such large birds there are also tiny masters of beauty such as Zebra Finch and Superb Fairy-wren. During the drought, we even encountered Black Honeyeaters, Black-tailed Native-hens and Freckled Duck. Yellow-throated Miners are on the eastern edge of their range here, and nested nearby. Eastern Grey Kangaroos bound around the facility.

Black Falcon

Pink-eared Ducks and Plumed Whistling-Ducks

Sadly, I have heard the plant is soon closing down and the ponds or lakes could be filled in. I feel this will be a loss to the community as there are no other places such birds would gather in this area. 

It could be a nice opportunity to turn the place into a natural wetlands parkland, don’t you think? Plant a few eucalypts for koalas, make a nice circuit path with wheelchair access, and a couple of seats and where else better for international visitors arriving at the Wellcamp Airport to seek a close encounter with some of Australia’s natural treasures...

If you like the idea, please send a “Like”, to the Toowoomba Bird Observer's Facebook page.

Click here for a pdf of bird species

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Australasian Darter


Australian Pelican


Zebra Finch

Yellow-throated Miner

Waterfowl on stormwater runoff dam adjacent to the final treatment pond.

Golden-headed Cisticola

Golden-headed Cisticola

Grey Teal, Eurasian Coots, Chestnut Teal

Hardhead (White-eyed Duck)

Australasian Grebes

White-winged Triller

Freckled Duck

Ol' Pink Ears and Friends

Pink-eared Ducks and Grey Teal

Wyreema Water Treatement Plant, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

I took these pics when out with Michael Atzeni last September. Pink-eared Ducks are wonderful little ducks but all the birds here were very shy and hard to approach. I took these pics with the D800 and a 400mm lens. Very difficult to get satisfying close-ups but it was a thrill to see them in the air above our noses.

Grey Teal

Pink-eared Duck

Grey Teal

Pink-eared Ducks

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

Magpie Geese, Pink-eared Ducks and Black-winged Stilts.

Some more from the outing with Michael Atzeni of the Toowoomba Bird Observers on December 30, 2009.
We encountered these at the Gatton campus of Queensland Uni.
Above and below: Magpie Geese with Pink-eared Ducks in the background.

Below: A pair of Pink-eared Ducks pass in front of the Magpie Geese.

Above and below: Some Pink-eared Ducks in the company of Black-winged Stilts.

...and below: Portrait of a Black-winged Stilt.