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 pigeon
Wompoo pigeon

Only identifiable by looking at a sequence of photos, unfortunately this was the only wompoo pigeon that I saw on this trip.

Oriole
Oriole
Brush turkey
Brush turkey

Photographed 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.

Torresian crow
Torresian crow

Guilty! I think this is a Torresian crow. It is flying off with a piece of bread stolen from another group of campers.

Pied currawong
Pied currawong
Azure kingfisher
Azure kingfisher

Azure kingfishers were plentiful and easy to photograph along the banks of the creek. This one was caught with a fish in its mouth.

Laughing kookaburras
Laughing kookaburras

A pair of laughing kookaburras enjoying the morning sun.

Grey shrike-thrush
Grey shrike-thrush

With 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-thrush
Little shrike-thrush

Little shrike-thrushes are smaller and have more orange colouring than the very common grey shrike-thrush.

Russet-tailed thrush
Russet-tailed thrush

The 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.

Bellbird
Bellbird

Bellbirds dominated the upper half of the camping area. They are difficult to photograph because they spend most of their time in the treetops.

Noisy miner
Noisy miner

Noisy miners are well-adapted to living in spaces cleared by humans, and through their aggression are a great threat to other native birds.

Lewins honeyeater
Lewins honeyeater
Eastern spinebill
Eastern spinebill

Hovering to sip nectar in lantana flowers, this bird is our Australian answer to the American hummingbirds.

Yellow-faced honeyeater
Yellow-faced honeyeater
Male scarlet honeyeater
Male scarlet honeyeater

Their brilliant red colouring makes these tiny honeyeaters identifiable even when they are foraging in the tops of very tall trees.

Female scarlet honeyeater
Female scarlet honeyeater
White-naped honeyeater
White-naped honeyeater
Noisy friarbird
Noisy friarbird

Recognisable by its call and the bump on its beak this noisy friarbird sits high in the treetop silhouetted by the early morning sun.

Golden whistler
Golden whistler

This is the colourful male of the species. The female is much more drab.

Male rufous whistler
Male rufous whistler
Spectacled monarch
Spectacled monarch

This delightful photo of a spectacled monarch, was taken by Joe in the campground. I missed out on seeing it! Thanks Joe!

Varied triller
Varied triller

Trillers 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.

Brown thornbill
Brown thornbill
Large-billed scrub-wren
Large-billed scrub-wren

Easily mistaken for a brown thornbill, the large-billed scrub-wren has a longer beak and lacks striations on its pale-coloured breast.

Brown gerygone
Brown gerygone

The 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.

Scrubwren
Scrubwren
Yellow-throated scrub-wren
Yellow-throated scrub-wren

Yellow-throated scrub-wrens are slightly larger, with longer legs and yellow colouring, than their much more common white-throated relatives.

Yellow robin
Yellow robin
Grey fantail
Grey fantail
Willy wagtail
Willy wagtail

Photographed in the camping area. These birds are seen everywhere, often in close association with human habitation.

Restless flycatcher
Restless flycatcher

Although they look quite similar to willy wagtails and are about the same size, restless flycatchers are much less common.

Red-browed firetail
Red-browed firetail

Caught by the roadside with its beak full of the seeds from the weed 'farmers friend'.

Male red-backed fairy-wren
Male red-backed fairy-wren
Female red-backed fairy-wren
Female red-backed fairy-wren
Female variegated fairy-wren
Female variegated fairy-wren
White-faced heron
White-faced heron

Caught 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)
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 rosellas
Pale-headed rosellas

A 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!

Crimson rosella
Crimson rosella