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Cranley Escarpment Park

 Pacific baza (Aviceda subcristata) Photo: David Simons

An unusually warm winters day, after a cold start, and lovely clear skies after recent rain made for a perfect morning’s birding at Cranley Bushland Reserve.

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Bullocky Rest to Hartmann Park, Crows Nest

Hartmann Park in Crows Nest has the reputation as one of, if not the most beautiful parks in the Toowoomba region. On a cool May morning the BSQDD group walked from Bullocky Rest, along the creek, and then into Hartmann Park.

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Cooby Dam (Groomsville End)

Australasian darter – Anhinga novaehollandiae – Photo Tony Bond

The western end of Cooby Dam, around Groomsville, is one of the birding hotspots in the Toowoomba area, and made for an enjoyable second visit by the Darling Downs Birdlife group.

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Lockyer Uplands Private Property #1

Juvenile male Rufous whistler – Pachycephala rufiventris Photo: Mike Ford

We are working jointly with Toowoomba Bird Observers and the Lockyer Upper Catchments Incorporated to conduct bird surveys on private properties in the Upper Lockyer Valley

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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.