I am currently putting together an “about me” video for a website that will be showcasing my other love – online teaching – so we took a drive up Castle Hill – Townsville. This is a 360 degree view from the top.
This is mid-winter by the way about 27 degrees C. (80 degrees F). Clear glorious days dipping quite cold for us down to 10 (50) at night. (It probably won’t rain for 3 – 4 more months).
To the north is Magnetic Island and further out The Great Barrier Reef (about 2 hours by boat) to the east is the Pacific Ocean and South the Ross River Mouth and to the West the top of the The Great Dividing Range which runs the entire length of the Eastern Seaboard of Australia.
After visiting the Tumuli Lava Blisters we drove on to Lake Condah (south Western Victoria) where we had the pleasure of spotting some Hoary Headed Grebe and Eurasion Cootes (a couple of these are my brother’s photos) we were both snapping away like mad. Also a black fronted dotterel (a first for my brother but common for me in Queensland).
Hoary Headed Grebe
Black Fronted Dotterel
Last weekend was birdwatching with Birdlife Townsville. Having had just 77mm (about 3 inches) of rain in the last month – there was visible water in one of the lagoons. The average for January is 270mm (10.5 inches).
We saw 37 species down again on last month’s 45…once again mostly bush birds virtually no waders.
When I got home, I found I should have gone golfing instead of birdwatching, both my husband and son came home gushing with how I would have loved it, all the spoonbills, pelicans and egrets that they had seen. The golfcourse borders the wetland where I go birdwatching and is very picturesque with man-made lakes. Luckily the birds have somewhere to go when the natural waterways are dry.
The best feature of the day was not a bird but a sand goanna, over a metre (39″) long.
This morning was birdwatching with Birdlife Townsville. Long term residents were amazed at the lack of water in the wetlands having never seen it this low. Consequently only 45 species spotted this morning and they were almost all bush birds, hardly any waders.