Spectacular Weipa Sunset and a Rare Bird Sighting

Join Maria, on her trip to North Queensland, Australia. Can you spot any crocodiles?

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Winter Sunshine Kisses

It is mid-winter in Australia and some say it is the best time of year here. Without the heat and humidity of summer it is near-perfect. I still prefer summer but I cannot deny the loveliness at this time of year. A visit to Alexandra Headlands on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland made me fall in love with the coast all over again. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Kookaburra Barbeque

G’day mate!

Got my eye on the prize!

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Hey!  Check out the BBQ area!

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Looks like we might be in for a free lunch.  Let’s just stick around in the trees and keep watching…. Those two guys down there have just finished cooking.  Mmmmm… smells good, too!

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This is where us kookaburras live – Wappa Dam.  This beautiful reserve is just outside a town called Yandina in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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We love it here. Plenty of tall trees to perch in.  Good for a bird’s-eye view of any food that might be around.

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Best of all we love picnics and BBQ’s.   We don’t wait for an invitation.   We just know everyone loves us.

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It’s Autumn here now and the leaves on the liquid amber trees are just beginning to turn red.

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What’s that?  Did someone just throw something.  Whoopee!  A bit of sausage!

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Look what else is on the Barbie!

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It was fun showing you around our home here in Australia (of course). Come back real soon and bring us a bit of food if you like.

We only eat like birds, you know.

Must fly,  Goodbye.

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Australian King Parrot and Crimson Rosella

We have the most beautifully coloured birdlife in Australia.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella

 

I photographed these birds while I was staying in a cabin near the Queen Mary Falls  in the rainforest in South East Queensland.

The Queens Mary Falls, Queensland, Australia.

The Queens Mary Falls, Queensland, Australia.

The bird with the bright scarlet breast and green wings and tail is an Australian King Parrot.

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

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It is always such a joy to see these birds in the wild.

Our newly-found feathered friends were extremely tame – they are pretty cheeky birds, anyway!  We bought bags of seed and hand fed them.  The birds even perched on my arm and hat!

Autumn in Queensland

May is late Autumn in Queensland, Australia.  These Golden Penda flowers are a special treat at this time of year.  This is an Australian wildflower and the shrubs are alive with bees.

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Many streets have avenues of Golden Pendas planted along them as they are one of our most spectacular native trees.

Meredith, I  look forward to your  stories of being out and about in Tennessee!  It will be fascinating to see various parts of the world through local eyes.  What better way to discover new places in the world?

Welcome everyone!

Cheers,

Maria