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.

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Australasian Darter

Cockatiel

Australian Pelican

Galah

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

Zebras


Zebra Finch
Female left

Wyreema Poo Ponds, Queensland, Australia

August 2015


Here are some mighty Zebra Finches as seen with Michael Atzeni in August.  

I know they are popular pets but as always I love seeing such wonders in the wild. May their numbers get bigger and bigger.


Two males





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


Day of the Two Trillers

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

7:28am


According to Wikipedia, a 'Triller" is a small kind of cuckoo-shrike found around Asia, Australia and some Pacific Islands. Australia has two, the White-winged Triller and the Varied Triller.

I first encountered a Triller in Toowoomba around the end of the last century. I found a small black and white bird laying on the ground in a suburban front yard. It was alive but obviously out of it when I picked it up. It was underneath a large, lone tree but far away from windows or streets. Sadly it passed away in my hands in just minutes. I identified it as a Varied Triller and I have always been puzzled as to what had happened to it. It was far from its natural habitat. I suspect it was a victim of land clearing. 

Time went by and on September 28, 2014, Michael Atzeni and I encountered a White-winged Triller at the Wyreema poo ponds, at around 7:30 in the morning. Mick and I had a nice morning birding for a couple of hours. Later in the day, I was stir crazy, and family and I went for a look at the scenery at Prince Henry Drive. I abandoned my family to the car when I saw Fairy-wrens and finches in the grass and lantana. (Of course, just for a minute as any birder would say) As I approached the small birds a black and white bird flew out in the open right under my nose. I managed just a couple of shots before the camera's shutter revealed it had gone. It was a Varied Triller. Two birds in the bush on the same day! Australia's two Trillers.


White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

Varied Triller

Prince Henry Drive, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

3:15pm

Varied Triller

Prince Henry Drive, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

3:15pm

The Jewel ii

Australian Hobby

Road to Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 14, 2014


Back on August 10, I posted a 20 year old photo of an Australian Hobby. I called the post, "The Jewel". It'd been a while since I'd gotten any decent pics of a hobby but I was lucky to get this just a month later when out with Michael Atzeni. Seems fitting I regard it as a jewel as well.