Day 13

Gordon Country bush camping.There facilities are.  S,  $,  T,  SH,  BR,  FP,  DP, but only a sewage pit, there is a river, they say if you boil it you can drink it, we did not. For these abbreviation’s go to my symbols page.

Gordon country is 46 km from Aratula at Gladfield at the driver reviver, turn right towards Goomburra, 10 km to Gumburra hall, turn right into Inverramsey Rd, follow for 20 km. Or 50 km east of Warwick.

Last day of the trip, packing up, we have all day so taking our time.IMG_4731

 

 

Day 13

Friday 3rd January 2014

Gordon Country bush camping.There facilities are.  S,  $,  T,  SH,  BR,  FP,  DP, but only a sewage pit, there is a river, they say if you boil it you can drink it, we did not. For these abbreviation’s go to my keyword & symbols page.

Gordon country is 46 km from Aratula at Gladfield at the driver reviver, turn right towards Goomburra, 10 km to Gumburra hall, turn right into Inverramsey Rd, follow for 20 km. Or 50 km east of Warwick.

Last day of the trip, packing up, we have all day so taking our time.

IMG_4068Our camp site This was home for 12 days. well camouflaged.

Day 12

Thursday 2nd January 2014

Well the opossums were on the prowl again last night, we have had a baby and an adult hanging around, they make so much noise some nights.

We have another beautiful day, got to make the most of it as this is our last full day. Have had a few spots of rain, very overcast and humid, feels like another storm on the way. Just going to veggie out and spend some time getting photo’s of the baby Yellow face and mum feeding them, she has 3 babies. Only just discovered them last night, but have been watching the way the two adults were protecting this tree, now we know why.

IMG_6103 IMG_6110 I sat motionless for nearly two hours to get these photo’s so as not to disturb mum with her feeding the babies, kept an eye on them over the rest of the day and with the goanna hanging around I was concerned, obviously so were the parents and she encouraged them to fly up into the tree beside her nesting tree, well one got off track and the parents were really going to town, then I realized one was on the ground beside our toilet tent, so Don picked it up and popped it into the tree and off it went up to its mum. Here is a photo of their nest taken by Don, I was to short to reach.

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Went for a walk and Don saw a Rufus Fantail, what a beautiful bird, I did get some shots but not good, they are even quicker than the Grey Fantail. Here is a photo taken by Don, it is only a reference photo.

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Day 11

Wednesday 1st, Happy New Year to everyone.

Woke to another perfect day. Had my usual morning cuppa listening to the sounds, such a wonderful way to start a day. We had two Female bowers and 3 Male bowers hanging about camp, playing in the wood pile, getting grubs I think. After breaky got cleaned up and got some shots of the bowers.

IMG_5499Male Bower  This dark Bower is the Male.IMG_5659 This is the Female Bower.

Just relaxed around camp, don’t even need to leave camp to get to see things, always something going on. Lots of people heading down the road out of here and we just have new neighbours down the far side move in. Went for a walk up the road and saw baby Willy Wagtails, mum was protecting them from other birds, that’s what caught my attention, her noise, so cute they are, as is all babies. 🙂

IMG_5982 Baby Willy Wagtails.

IMG_5890  Baby Kingfisher.IMG_5977 The country road. I have used Infrared on it.

Had another camp fire tonight. Good night. This is the second to last day of our holiday 😦

Day 10

Tuesday 31st

Woke a wee bit later this morning, was great, Kay & Mark were all set up and ready to leave early so we all had a cuppa and said cheerio for now, this was 7.15 am.

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We had a very overcast day so this is good, as I went down to the kingfisher spot and sat, but not a lot happening, I could here the kingfisher going off down the creek further, so headed back to camp. People on the other side of us were gone by lunch time so we now have all the paddock to ourselves, except for the bulls all going off and a goanna visiting again, plus there is a storm brewing.

IMG_5290  These two bulls were always in competition, they must have their own girls and protecting there inheritance.IMG_5334 IMG_5381 Saw the most amazing sight, sitting watching the rain this afternoon and saw that the gum leaves were jumping up in the air, a good couple of inches and I haven’t been drinking ha-ha, but really watching, it was the big spits of rain hitting the very dry leaves made them jump, I wish now that I’d taken a wee video shot as photo’s didn’t do it. Filled all the containers up again, so that’s good saves our tank water. After the rain had stopped the thunder continued for hours just rolling around the hills, such a great sound.

IMG_5466 Sat around the fire for as long as I could stay awake, the thunder was still rumbling, made for a very pleasant and relaxing time, but didn’t make it to midnight, the end of another year 2013 over.

Day 9

Monday 30th

At least the nights are quiet cool considering the hot days we’er having, so that’s a blessing, once 5 am arrives it’s time for me to get up, the days are to beautiful to waste it in bed, had my morning cuppa and sat listening to the birds etc, then decided I would go down to my spot where I know the kingfishers lands to fish and I’ll set up my bird hide, leave it there while having breakfast so as not to disturb it very much. I have the water as back ground so that’s not great but will have to try anyway.

IMG_4979Kingfisher

The morning has been quiet, but while I was in the bird hide I could hear the kingfisher really going off, so pocked my head out and saw that the kingfisher was attacking the Goanna, so it must be getting to close to where the baby kingfishers are.

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After lunch took a walk down to the Ford to see what bird life was there but it was getting to hot even for the critters, not even much bird sounds. On my way back I saw a movement in the bush so went thru the fence to check it out, turns out to be a baby Bower bird, so cute. Mother Bower bird was watching, so took a couple of shots and slowly walked away so not to disturb them, it had obviously fallen out of the nest as it was very young.

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IMG_5100Frogs at night

Did a trial with frog shooting tonight using the Betta Beamer, it’s a flash with a defuser on it.

Day 8

Sunday 29th

Had a early start for the day. It was very hot, you could just feel it, so we went and did our walks first. Got down to the river walk which is a 7 km walk along the river. Started walking and I wasn’t getting a real good feeling about the area, I did mention it to Don after we got around the bend of the river, so he said if that’s the feeling you are getting lets listen to karma and go. We then drove up to the other walking track and as it was Don had hurt his knee the night before so we then decided it was a pretty boring walk and in this heat decided to give it all a miss.

We called into see the Goomburra Valley camp ground, what lovely people and there camping grounds are so clean and well set out. They also have cabins for those that require them.

Went back to camp and spent the day relaxing, its 38 deg and only 12.30 pm, a storm is brewing. You can hear thunder in the back ground. I have just come back to finish off this post and now its raining and the lighting outside is amazing.
Don has collected 30 litres of clean water off the tarp.

We had savory mince and mashed potatoes that I had dehydrated before our trip. Been doing a lot of dehydrating lately ,experimenting, as it will save on freezer room and also help with not so many items in the fridge when we go camping for long periods of time.

IMG_4800  A country road through to the Main Range National Park.IMG_4820  Superb Fairy Wren.IMG_4873  Toy model helicopter, big boys toys.IMG_4916  Yellow Faced Honey eater, was extremely hot and the poor bird was shading it’s self from the heat.IMG_4920  Red Browed FinchIMG_4935 Fleay’s barred frog. You can hear him during the night with a “ok-ok-ok-ok call, this is in danger of becoming extinct.

Day 7

Saturday 28th

Had a cuppa and got cleaned up after breakfast and going for a drive to see if we can see a  bird I saw when we drove to Warwick, down near the Dump Point area, looked like a Yellow Rosella, so would be good to get a photo of it. We  emptied the loo while down there. Just finished doing the ablution bit and noticed on the road behind us were a couple of bulls sizing each other up, one is a brown Brahma looking bull, the other one just a bull, I heard the cows going off mooing but didn’t take any notice, they must of known something, ha-ha. Stayed of course and got some photo’s, very exciting, the white bull won and then he headed back to the group of cows, so we can only assume that the brown bull was getting to close to his girls. This is the same white bull that has been very dominating over the cows and calves crossing the creek down by our camp site.

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After all the excitement we then headed up a 4 wheel drive track to some look out, very steep, lots of loose surface on the track but was not to boggy, was good to test us and the vehicle on a small bit of 4×4 driving, we are new to this, Don has done it all about 30 years ago, so its a different ball game now a days in these smart vehicles. It was very steep, the view was so heat hazed we could not see much. We checked out another couple of area’s but never saw the bird again, in spite of sitting and listening many times.

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Got back to camp, moved the solar panels again and put on a loaf of gluten free bread in the Weber in the camp oven. Now this turned out eatable but not very high as I only put a very small amount of mixture in due to the small camp oven I’m using, actually going to buy a proper bread tin when I get home.

Had lunch, grabbed some goodies for our smoko later and headed up to the rain forest and look at the Retreat. The walk to the Sylvester’s Lookout is really lovely not as steep as the Castle Lookout one, so more enjoyable, not many birds but did see one I have never seen before and cant find a name for it yet, not even in  my bird book. Called into the retreat, what a lovely place, went up to see the lady and what a nice person, they have a great camping area as well as cabins, clean and a excellent real dump point. Just up from here is the Main Range National park

IMG_4720 Entrance to the lookout.IMG_4735 Everything is covered with mossy growth, this is up at the tops.IMG_4731  View from the lookout, down in the valley towards the coast in a easterly direction. IMG_4723  A bird that I do not know the name of yet! I think it is a Black-faced Monarch.IMG_4742  Beautiful ferns in the rain forest.IMG_4769  Lesueur’s frog’s.IMG_4787

A good day was had, did get pretty hot in the afternoon.

Day 6

Friday 27th

Went into Warwick to get some stores, it rained last night and on our way back from Warwick you could see the storms brewing, fork lightning, black clouds. When we got back Kay said that it had really rained which we could tell, then only a few showers and now all fined up. So good for the country side, they need rain very badly.

Went to get some photo’s of birds down by the water hole and the chap came down to where we were going to sit on the log which we had been doing before and said there is a python carpet snake sitting in there, he showed us, we got some photo’s and then moved away to the water. It was beautiful and very curled up, reckon about 6 feet long.

When we came back up to the trailer, Don noticed a small frog jump out by the fire pit, then another and then when we started really looking there was like a migration, so many all along the bank right up to Kay’s site. So tiny, didn’t know what sort they were as hard to tell when very small, i’m talking about as small as my thumb nail.

Made a Gluten Free bread in the camp oven yesterday, turned out bad, burn’t the bum out it, far to much in the small camp oven, and the coals were to hot in the fire, so made another one today, and only ¼ of the amount, turned out good to look at, bad to eat, then I knew that it still has to rise, so tomorrow I will try again but do it in the Weber. I will get it right sooner or later.

Mark is doing a big casserole in the camp oven for all of us, and I have we just realized that there is mushrooms in it and Don can’t eat them, so he will do something else for himself.

IMG_4499  Looking at K & M site from our site, posting this to show how roomy it is.IMG_4501 - Copy  Our site from the entrance, we have neighbours on the right side, but still plenty of room. K & M site is to the left of this image.IMG_4502  K & M site from the bottom of entrance.IMG_4508  M & K sitting back relaxing, our site in the background. To the left of where Mark is sitting was a Red Bellied black snake today.IMG_4517  This is a carpet snake of some sorts, just bathing in the sun, warming up, there are heaps of little birds in this area, so plenty of prey for him I imagine. IMG_4529 A frog in the grass in daylight. He is the Lesueur’s Tree Frog.

Day 5

Thursday 26th Boxing Day

Had another great day, just relaxing with Mark and Kay for some of the time, and getting bird shots.

Had lots of activity with the cows and the bulls today, there was one bull controlling the cows with calves from crossing the creek, he really was getting angry for a while. Didn’t even need to leave camp to have fun.

Did some washing, showered, gave the camp a bit of a tidy up.

The weather is real good, not so hot and nice and overcast.

We spent some time at K & M’s fire pit this evening chatting about the day and then did tea.

Lots of people driving around but so far we still have the place to ourselves. Time to have a cuppa and then crash for the night.

Had a couple a young opossums visit us while we were sitting at the fire and during the night. Good night.

IMG_4286 Bower birds bow  Bower Birds Bow, all the blue bottle tops that it had collected, plus many other blue bits, wonder where it finds them.IMG_4305 Crimson Rosella  Crimson Rosella, just in the trees where we camped.IMG_4322 Azure Kingfisher  Azure Kingfisher in the trees at camp.IMG_4387 Cow suckling calf  Mother cow with suckling calf, needs to grab a drink while it can.IMG_4388 Irate bull  This bull was real funny to watch, he was not allowing a few cows and their calves to cross the creek and as one was  crossing and about to go up the bank he turned and ran, I managed to get a grab shot.