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Table Top Mountain Bush Reserve

Double-barred finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Photo credit: Mike Ford

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.

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The Palms National Park

The Palms is a tiny patch of rainforest surrounded by farmland and woodland just north of Cooyar.

A profusion of palms (if that’s not a botanical phrase it needs to be) Photo: Scot McPhie
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Prince Henry Drive

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.

Regent bowerbird (male) – Sericulus chrysocephalus Photo: Mike Ford
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Jondaryan and surrounds

Painted honeyeater – Grantiella picta Photo: Roger Jaensch

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.

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Cooby Dam

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!

This is normally all water! Photo credit: Scot McPhie

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.

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Lake Broadwater

Black swans (Cygnus atratus) Photo credit: Mike Ford

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.

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Irongate Conservation Park

Irongate is a gorgeous little conservation block just outside of Pittsworth, and it is mainly surrounded by farm land. This was our second visit to the site, almost a year to the day after our first visit, and we found an abundance of birdlife.

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Crows Nest National Park

It was a cold morning (four degrees) when we set off but it turned out to be a very enjoyable and eventful morning.

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Ravensbourne National Park

Black-faced monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) Photo: Tony Bond

Ravensbourne National Park consists mainly of rainforest with some sections of emerging eucalypt forest as well. This was our first group excursion into a rainforest area and it didn’t disappoint.