Sunday, 24 January 2016

24 Jan, 2016: Enjoying Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

24 Jan, 2016: Enjoying Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Wanderoos, their two Brisbane based grandchildren and their parents, and Romeo and Juliet spent the day at Lone Pine. First we saw the "Birds of Prey" show:

Mouse underfoot..
Mouse in mouth

Open wide...
And now for the tail...

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Barn Owl

Then we watched the sheepdog mustering and shearing demonstrations: 

Shearing the fleece in one piece
Now this might tickle a bit...

Then we wandered through the sanctuary's bushland for several hours...

So hard to capture a photo of the slippery platypus

The cranky Tasmanian Devil

The high-screeching curlew
Curious Dingo

Koalas everywhere

Black Cockatoo
Gang Gang Cockatoo

Princess Parrot
King Parrot

Bush Turkey

Bush Turkey baby

Emu - the flightless bird

Watch out Julia - he has his eye on you...

Julia has this kangaroo eating out of her hand
You're not leaving until I'm finished...
Hmm, are babies more tasty??
Neko the Brave

Its tiring work entertaining all these tourists

It must be good if Mum likes eating it...

The joey's not old enough to live outside the pouch yet

Yep - a most satisfying immersion in Aussie Animalia...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

12 Jan, 2016: Exploring the Glasshouse Mountains and the Rainforest

12 Jan, 2016: Exploring the Glasshouse Mountains and the Rainforest
Today Wanderoos packed a picnic lunch and drove our Swedish visitors Julia and Eskil up the Blackall Range to the historic township of Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The views over the Glasshouse Mountains didn't disappoint.

We parked in the Mary Cairncross Reserve and took the hour-long walk through the Conservation Park's rainforest. Trees, figs and strangler vines are always spectacular with their ropey loops and crisscrossing "clamps". 

The hollow sound when knocking on the flanged buttress roots of trees such as red oak never fails to satisfy! 

There's so much to see in a rainforest, up in the canopy, in the cramped dark spaces between trees, and in the undergrowth - ferns, fungi, purple cassowary plum fruit underfoot. Some bird calls were piercing, others quiet chirruping - all were quick and hard to spot. 

We came to a less dense glade, with palms and a stream. A colony of flying foxes had made their home nearby.  

Walk concluded, we took out our picnic under the bright red flowers of an umbrella tree. A bush turkey hung around for scraps, but we were (mostly!) good tourists and didn't leave much....

The glimpse of a red-legged pademelon (rainforest wallaby) capped off our day's experience!