PHOTOS from Conondale National Park
In August 2016 we camped for a few days at the Booloumba 1 campsite in Conondale National park north of Brisbane in southeast QLD.
Please find the photos from this trip in the gallery below the text.
Wompoo pigeonOnly identifiable by looking at a sequence of photos, unfortunately this was the only wompoo pigeon that I saw on this trip.
Brush turkeyPhotographed while preparing to roost for the night. It is quite astonishing the first time you encounter these large ground birds flying up into the trees late in the afternoon.
I think this is a Torresian crow. It is flying off with a piece of bread stolen from another group of campers.
Azure kingfisherAzure kingfishers were plentiful and easy to photograph along the banks of the creek. This one was caught with a fish in its mouth.
Grey shrike-thrushWith the bird remaining shy, and hiding away in the bushes this was my best photo of a grey shrike-thrush on this trip.
Little shrike-thrushLittle shrike-thrushes are smaller and have more orange colouring than the very common grey shrike-thrush.
Russet-tailed thrushThe lack of a white stripe extending up the feather shaft of the secondary wing coverts, and paler feather edging on the rump identify this species.
BellbirdBellbirds dominated the upper half of the camping area. They are difficult to photograph because they spend most of their time in the treetops.
Noisy minerNoisy miners are well-adapted to living in spaces cleared by humans, and through their aggression are a great threat to other native birds.
Eastern spinebillHovering to sip nectar in lantana flowers, this bird is our Australian answer to the American hummingbirds.
Male scarlet honeyeaterTheir brilliant red colouring makes these tiny honeyeaters identifiable even when they are foraging in the tops of very tall trees.
Noisy friarbirdRecognisable by its call and the bump on its beak this noisy friarbird sits high in the treetop silhouetted by the early morning sun.
Spectacled monarchThis delightful photo of a spectacled monarch, was taken by Joe in the campground. I missed out on seeing it!
Varied trillerTrillers are amongst the less common birds that we see on camping trips so it was a thrill to be able to take photos of this one.
Large-billed scrub-wrenEasily mistaken for a brown thornbill, the large-billed scrub-wren has a longer beak and lacks striations on its pale-coloured breast.
Brown gerygoneThe size of a brown thornbill, but differing from it by the dark stripe through the eye, and the paler stripe above the eye, I think this is a brown geryhone.
Yellow-throated scrub-wrenYellow-throated scrub-wrens are slightly larger, with longer legs and yellow colouring, than their much more common white-throated relatives.
Willy wagtailPhotographed in the camping area. These birds are seen everywhere, often in close association with human habitation.
Restless flycatcherAlthough they look quite similar to willy wagtails and are about the same size, restless flycatchers are much less common.
Red-browed firetailCaught by the roadside with its beak full of the seeds from the weed 'farmers friend'.
White-faced heronCaught in the act of swallowing a worm in the early morning sun, this bird was photographed in a cow-paddock adjacent to the national park.
Peewees (magpie-larks)A pair of peewees owned the road in the early morning sun. The female, with a vertical black stripe extending down across her eye is one the left.
Pale-headed rosellasA pair of pale-headed rosellas eating the seeds of farmers' friends by the roadside. It is great to see
something challenging the dominance of these annoying weeds!