This wonderful conservation block near Pittsworth is always worth a visit – and this was our third time! Ironically the good season has made bird watching a bit more of a challenge….
Highfields Falls is always a delight to visit and on a cool overcast day it still held some surprises.
On 19 November 2021, a Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa was heard, sighted and photographed by local BirdLife members in dry rainforest (semi-evergreen vine-thicket) at lower Redwood Park, on the Toowoomba escarpment.
After abandoning our initial plan of Duggan Park due to high winds and the potential of falling branches, it was decided to head to a more sheltered site nearby, which proved to be a brilliant decision.
The Palms is a tiny patch of rainforest surrounded by farmland and woodland just north of Cooyar.
Wrapped around the edge of the escarpment Prince Henry Drive has a reputation as one of the best birding spots in Toowoomba, and certainly lived up to that when we visited.
Only half an hour north-west of Toowoomba, Jondaryan is a birding hotspot and well known as a reliable site to see Painted honeyeaters at the end of the year.
Cooby Dam is a popular recreational water spot just north of Toowoomba. To say it was low on water at the time of our visit is something of an understatement. It was around 35% full!
Despite the lack of water the site still supports a vast array of birdlife, and is one of the best birding sites around Toowoomba, and we had a very enjoyable time on the day we visited.
Ten determined members and friends of the Darling Downs group ventured to Lake Broadwater, south-west of Dalby at the western edge of the main cropping belt, on 24 July 2021.