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Prince Henry Drive

Prince Henry Drive is a much loved birding hotspot in Toowoomba – with great accessibility, a huge range of birds and views off the range it never disappoints.

Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis – photo: Tony Bond
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Geham National Park

White-browed scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Photo: Tony Bond

On a fine but warm and humid Saturday our first outing for 2023 was to Geham National Park.

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Bunya Mountains

The Bunya Mountains is 371 km2 of rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands, located less than 200km from the eastern coast. At an average height of 975m the forests are cool and verdant and support a huge amount of flora and fauna.

The Bunya Mountains are also one of the world’s Key Biodiversity Areas and we conducted surveys over two days as part of Birdlife’s KBA programme. It was great to contribute to this international programme, and a wonderful way to end the year for our group.

Paradise rifle bird – Ptiloris paradiseus Photo: Mike Ford
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Cooby Dam (Groomsville end)

Our sharp-eyed group of nine observers enjoyed a visit to the far north-east part of the Cooby Dam reserve, on a very warm Saturday 26 November. With filling of the dam over the past year or so, interesting waterways and reedy swamps were a feature of this location, as well as the perennial eucalypt-dominated woodland and patchy grassland.

At the Groomsville end of Cooby Dam. Photo: Scot McPhie
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Ravensbourne National Park

Photo credit: Tony Bond

Our second excursion to Ravensbourne National Park as the Darling Downs group took place in balmy weather and spirits were high after so many trip cancellations over the past year or so due to wet weather.

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Lockyer National Park

Spotted pardalote Pardalotus punctatus – Photo: Scot McPhie

Lockyer National Park is a lovely little national park near Helidon in the Lockyer Valley. It didn’t give up its secrets easily, but it’s definitely a park we’ll be visiting more often.

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Lake Broadwater

Grey butcherbird – Cracticus torquatus – Photo: Mike Ford

The five BirdLife members approaching Lake Broadwater Conservation Park on Saturday 23 July 2022 wondered if they would even reach the site, given the numerous spots around Dalby where water was running beside or over the roads. However, despite flooded tracks around the southern side of the lake, the group was able to access several areas in the park and enjoyed the fine weather and birding at this special place.

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Stevenson Street, Toowoomba Range

Grey shrike thrush Colluricincla harmonica Photo: Tony Bond

Nine of the bravest birding souls met at Stevenson Street (north), Redwood, for a BirdLife outing on a cold and windy Saturday morning, 9 July 2022.

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Geham National Park

Musk lorikeets Glossopsitta concinna inspecting a nesting hollow Photo: Tony Bond

Cold and windy winter conditions but still some interesting sightings!

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Irongate Conservation Park

Mystery flycatcher (read more about this bird in the article) Photo: Sue Mcilwraith

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….