We first heard all about the resident Spotted Quoll and watched as he, very shyly, came out to eat his chicken neck feast. These little native marsupials do not have extended lives due to them being prone to chest infections and other, quite horrible, afflictions. The males usually only live for 9 to 11 months while the females can live to 2 years.
Next we entered the Aviary and fed the Tawny Frogmouths. These have to be one of my very favourite native birds. They are actually very docile birds and I just had the strongest urge to reach out and stroke his feathers. Look how big her eyes are......
Some of the other critters were ( top to bottom ) L to R: Tawny Frogmouth pair, Curlew, Eastern Dragon, Red Neck Wallaby, Green Treefrog and a very elusive, sleepy Wombat.
Afterwards we had coffee and muffins at the Green Tree Frog Cafe. At this point, I should inform you that it was freezing cold. Last night we had our coldest night for over 100 years in Brisbane. Yep, the temp dropped to 2.5degrees overnight. Time for a walk to warm ourselves up.
We decided on the 5km walk that circled around the Enogerra Resevoir thinking that we would walk for a bit and turn around and walk back.
As we started walking, we started spotting some really gorgeous birds. Hubby is a keen twitcher so we ended up walking the whole 5km's and saw quite a few species that I have never seen before. Of course, they are really quick so I missed out on snapping them with my camera. So I have put a collage together of internet images so you can see how pretty they are. We also heard the 'ting ting' of the Bell Birds. They are a particular favourite of hubby's. I have known him take a 4 hour trip just to listen to the Bell Birds.
|Top L to R: Hardhead Duck, Grey Fantail, Coot|
Bottom L to R: Rose Robin, Azure Kingfisher, Scarlet Honeyeater, Golden Whistler
|a trail through the trees|
|Enogerra Resevoir looking towards the back of Mt Cootha|
|looking back the other way.....north west.....of the Resevoir|
|looking up at a rather tall gum tree|
|Hubby and Miss M birdwatching|