AUSTRALIA  -  JUN-AUG 2016

CAROLINE AND MYSELF HAVE LONG WANTED TO VISIT AUSTRALIA AGAIN, HAVING LAST BEEN THERE THIRTEEN YEARS AGO. LECTURING COMMITMENTS MEANT A SUMMER (WINTER 'DOWN UNDER') TRIP, FOR WHICH WE WERE FORTUNATE TO ARRANGE A THREE MONTH HOME EXCHANGE. THIS WAS BASED AT NOOSA IN COASTAL QUEENSLAND, AROUND NINETY MINUTES DRIVE NORTH OF BRISBANE. A WIDE RANGE OF HABITATS AND WILDLIFE WERE READILY ACCESSIBLE FROM HERE, TOGETHER WITH A FEW TRIPS SLIGHTLY FURTHER AFIELD. ALTHOUGH MID WINTER IS NOT THE BEST WILDLIFE-WATCHING SEASON IN QUEENSLAND, WE STILL HAD COUNTLESS MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES. MANY OF THESE WERE ENCOUNTERED DURING THREE ADDITIONAL 'MINI-BREAKS' IN THE AREA, TOGETHER WITH TWO EXCITING INTERNAL TWELVE-DAY TRIPS TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY AND NEW SOUTH WALES.

OVER THE ENTIRE PERIOD, THOUSANDS OF IMAGES WERE TAKEN, OF WHICH A TINY SELECTION - DIVIDED INTO 'QUEENSLAND', 'NORTHERN TERRITORY' AND 'NEW SOUTH WALES' - ARE SHOWN BELOW...

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QUEENSLAND 

THESE QUEENSLAND IMAGES ARE LOOSELY ARRANGED IN GEOGRAPHICAL SEQUENCE, MOVING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, STARTING AROUND NOOSA, TRAVELLING THROUGH THE 'SUNSHINE COAST' AND ENDING JUST SOUTH OF BRISBANE. THE FINAL HERVEY BAY IMAGES ARE THE EXCEPTION, BEING THE FURTHEST NORTH WE VISITED IN THIS STATE. 

 

 SUNRISE - NOOSA SPRINGS, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


NOISY MINER - NOOSA SPRINGS, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


   

LITTLE CORELLA - NOOSA SPRINGS, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


NOOSA np (HEADLAND SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


   

KOALA - NOOSA np (HEADLAND SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


LAUGHING KOOKABURRA - NOOSA np (HEADLAND SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


   

WHITE BELLIED SEA-EAGLE - NOOSA np (HEADLAND SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


 ALEXANDRIA BAY - NOOSA np (HEADLAND SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


   

BLACK (SWAMP) WALLABY - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


EASTERN GREY KANGAROO - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


   

SCARLET HONEYEATER - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


TAWNY FROGMOUTH - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


   

LAGUNA LOOKOUT SUNSET - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


 LAGUNA LOOKOUT SUNSET - NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


   

DINGO - NOOSA NORTH SHORE, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


COOTHARABA - NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUL 2016


   

 LAKE MACDONALD - NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


COMB CRESTED JACANA - LAKE MACDONALD, NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


   

WHITE NECKED HERON - COOROY wtp, NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


 INTERMEDIATE EGRET - COOROY wtp, NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


   

SMALL GREEN BANDED BLUE - NR. NOOSA, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


 COMMON BROWN RINGLET - WEST COOROY sf, 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: AUG 2016


   

 LAUGHING KOOKABURRA - IMBIL SF, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 LAUGHING KOOKABURRA - IMBIL SF, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

CARPET PYTHON - IMBIL SF, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 STRIATED PARDALOTE - NOOSA np (EMU SWAMP SECTION), 'SUNSHINE COAST', qld: JUN 2016


   

PACIFIC BLACK DUCK - COOLUM ECO PARK, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUN 2016


 POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

 SACRED KINGFISHER - POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUL 2016


 OSPREY - POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

 OSPREY - POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 OSPREY - POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

SPANGLED DRONGO - POINT ARKWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 MAROOCHYDORE RIVER MOUTH, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

 NOISY PITTA - MAROOCHY WS, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 ORANGE CLAWED FIDDLER CRAB - MAROOCHY WS, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

SILVEREYE - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


CRIMSON BOTTLEBRUSH - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUL 2016


   

 BLACK FRONTED PLOVER - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


BLACK JEZEBEL - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

 BLACK NECKED STORK (JABIRU) - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUL 2016


 BLACK NECKED STORK (JABIRU) - PARKLAKES, BLI BLI, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUL 2016


   

  SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER - POINT CARTWRIGHT, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: AUG 2016


 SKEEN CREEK WATERFALL - KONDALILLA np, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUN 2016


   

TAWNY FROGMOUTHS - LAKE BAROON, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUN 2016


TAWNY FROGMOUTHS - LAKE BAROON, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUN 2016


   

COMB CRESTED JACANA - WAPPA DAM, SUNSHINE COAST, qld: JUN 2016


SQUARE TAILED KITE - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: JUN 2016


   

 PIED OYSTERCATCHER - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


MASKED LAPWING - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: JUN 2016


   

CASPIAN TERN - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


EASTERN GREY KANGAROO - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: JUN 2016


   

 EASTERN GREY KANGAROO 'JOEY' - TOORBUL, MORETON BAY, qld: JUN 2016


BLUE BLUBBER JELLYFISH - BUCKLEY'S HOLE, BRIBIE ISLAND, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


   

RED CAPPED PLOVER - BUCKLEY'S HOLE, BRIBIE ISLAND, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


WHITE FACED HERON - BUCKLEY'S HOLE, BRIBIE ISLAND, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


   

 ROYAL SPOONBILL - BUCKLEY'S HOLE, BRIBIE ISLAND, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


ORCHARD SWALLOWTAIL M - BUCKLEY'S HOLE, BRIBIE ISLAND, MORETON BAY, qld: AUG 2016


   

 LAKE WIVENHOE, qld: JUN 2016


RUFOUS WHISTLER - LAKE WIVENHOE, qld: JUN 2016


   

 KOALA - 'HOLLOW LOG' WILDLIFE REFUGE, NR. MOUNT BYRON, qld: JUN 2016


KOALA - 'HOLLOW LOG' WILDLIFE REFUGE, NR. MOUNT BYRON, qld: JUN 2016


   

 RAINFOREST - MAIALA, MOUNT GLORIOUS, D'AGUILAR NP, qld: JUN 2016


RAINFOREST AT DAWN - MAIALA, MOUNT GLORIOUS, D'AGUILAR NP, qld: JUN 2016


   

 EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN - MAIALA, MOUNT GLORIOUS, D'AGUILAR NP, qld: JUN 2016


LAUGHING KOOKABURRA (& EARTHWORM!) - MAIALA, MOUNT GLORIOUS, D'AGUILAR NP, qld: JUN 2016


   

 RED NECKED PADEMELON - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


RED NECKED PADEMELON & 'JOEY' - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 SATIN BOWERBIRD 'BOWER' - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


SATIN BOWERBIRD M - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 REGENT BOWERBIRD M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


 REGENT BOWERBIRD M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

  AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT & ME! - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT F - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


 AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

  AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


CRIMSON ROSELLA - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 LOGRUNNER M - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


 EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 ALBERT'S LYREBIRD M - GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


SUNSET - O'REILLY'S, GREEN MTNS, LAMINGTON NP, qld: JUL 2016


   

 CARPET PYTHON - LAKE SAMSONVALE, NR. BRISBANE, qld: JUN 2016


BLACK FLYING-FOX (PROBABLE) - PIALBA, HERVEY BAY, FRASER COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

HUMPBACK WHALE - HERVEY BAY, FRASER COAST, qld: AUG 2016


HUMPBACK WHALES - HERVEY BAY, FRASER COAST, qld: AUG 2016


   

 HUMPBACK WHALE MOUTH! - HERVEY BAY, FRASER COAST, qld: AUG 2016


HUMPBACK WHALE MOUTH! - HERVEY BAY, FRASER COAST, qld: AUG 2016


NEW SOUTH WALES

THIS SIDE TRIP WAS ARRANGED TO SEE A FRIEND WHO LIVED IN SYDNEY. HE ALSO HAD A PROPERTY NEAR MUDGEE, SOME THREE HOURS DRIVE INLAND,  WHERE WE STAYED FOR A FEW NIGHTS. ALSO NEARBY WAS THE FAMED BIRDWATCHING SITE - THE CAPERTEE VALLEY. ALTHOUGH WINTER IS CERTAINLY NOT THE BEST WILDLIFE-WATCHING SEASON IN NEW SOUTH WALES, THERE WERE SOME GREAT PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES...   

   

sydney opera house & harbour, NSW: AUG 2016


sydney harbour bridge & opera house, NSW: AUG 2016


   

royal botanic gardens, sydney, NSW: AUG 2016


sulphur crested cockatoo - royal botanic gardens, sydney, NSW: AUG 2016


   

pearsons lookout, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

yellow footed antechinus - capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


eastern wallaroos - capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

red necked wallaby & 'joey' - capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


eastern grey kangaroo - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

eastern grey kangaroo 'joey' - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


eastern grey kangaroo & 'joey' - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

eastern grey kangarooS - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


ROCKWARBLER - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

 GOLDEN WATTLE - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


COMMON WOMBAT - wollemi np, capertee valley, NSW: AUG 2016


   

WHITE PLUMED HONEYEATER - MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


RED RUMPED PARROTS - MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


   

eastern ROSELLA m - NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


SCARLET ROBIN M - NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


   

eastern WALLAROOS - NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


AUSTRALIAN WATER RAT (RAKALI) - RYLSTONE, NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


   

PLATYPUS - RYLSTONE, NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


PLATYPUS - RYLSTONE, NR. MUDGEE, NSW: AUG 2016


NORTHERN TERRITORY

 

THE 'DOWN UNDER' WINTER IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED A GOOD TIME TO VISIT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, BEING THE COOLEST, DRIEST & LEAST HUMID TIME OF YEAR. IT WAS VERY GOOD, ALTHOUGH MANY WETLANDS HELD LITTLE WATER, WHILE OBVIOUS FLOWERING TREES WERE SCARCE. WE DID MANY OF THE 'USUAL' 'TOP END' SITES - IE DARWIN, PINE CREEK, KATHERINE, KAKADU, MARY RIVER & FOGG DAM...

   

DARWIN CBD - FROM EAST POINT, DArwin, NT: jul 2016

agile wallaby - EAST POINT, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


   

 beach thick-knee - EAST POINT, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


dingo (& kill) - EAST POINT, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


   

 eastern reef egret - casuarina reserve, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


forest kingfisher - casuarina reserve, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


   

 long tailed finch - holmes jungle, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


masked finch - holmes jungle, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


   

 white throated & rufous banded honeyeaters - holmes jungle, DArwin, NT: jul 2016


Peaceful Dove & Long Tailed Finch - Holmes Jungle, Darwin, NT: Jul 2016


   

  red winged parrot imm - pine creek, NT: jul 2016


 katherine gorge, nitmiluk NP, NT: jul 2016


   

grey crowned babbler - katherine, NT: jul 2016


radjah shelduck -  katherine, NT: jul 2016


   

 burrunggoi & anbangbang billabong - kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


anbangbang gallery rock art - kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

rainbow bee-eater - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


lemon bellied flycatcher - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

magpie geese - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


magpie geese - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

forest kingfisher - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


green pygmy-goose M - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

agile wallaby - anbangbang billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


tawny coster - mamukala, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


estuarine crocodile - yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

whiTe bellied sea-eagles - yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


rufous night heron - yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

comb crested jacana & chick - yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016 


comb crested jacana chick - yellow water billabong, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

bush thick-knee - jabiru, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


bush thick-knee pr - jabiru, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

straw necked ibis - jabiru, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


ubirr rock art - kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

ubirr rocks, kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


little corella - kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


   

little corellas - kakadu np, NT: jul 2016


banded flutterer - bird billabong, mary river np, NT: jul 2016


   

black necked stork (jabiru) - bird billabong, mary river np, NT: jul 2016


pied heron - bird billabong, mary river np, NT: jul 2016


   

rainbow bee-eater - bird billabong, mary river np, NT: jul 2016 


  red tailed black-cockatoo - leaning tree lagoon, marrakai, NT: jul 2016 


   

brown falcon - leaning tree lagoon, marrakai, NT: jul 2016


blue winged kookaburra - leaning tree lagoon, marrakai, NT: jul 2016 


   

rainbow pitta - fogg dam reserve, nr. darwin, NT: jul 2016


giant termite mound - arnhem highway, NT: jul 2016


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