We often drop into Boondall Wetlands for a short rest stop when we are travelling through Brisbane. In June we stopped for a few minutes and noticed a Royal Spoonbill feeding with a group of Australian White Ibis. We decided that it had been too long since we had taken the time to walk and cycle through the wetlands tracks so we returned in July for a longer look.
Boondall Wetlands are managed by the Brisbane City Council. The area is part of the East-Asian Australasian Shorebird Network and large numbers of migratory shorebirds can be seen here between September and March each year. However, there are plenty of woodland birds to be seen all year round.
We took our time walking the Billai Dhagun Circuit, an easy 2 km walking track. There are contemporary Aboriginal art totems placed along the track.
We were delighted to notice three Tawny Frogmouths roosting in a tree. One was quite low to the ground, one was half way up and the third one was up high.Tawny Frogmouths perch out in the open in the daytime but it is easy to walk right past them because they use a combination of their mottled plumage and a frozen posture to camouflage their presence.
|Three Frogmouths are perched in this tree.|
|The Lowest Frogmouth|
|The Middle Frogmouth|
|The Highest Frogmouth|
There is a bird hide on the track near the junction of Cabbage Tree Creek and Nundah Creek. The only bird we saw from the bird hide was a Striated Heron but as we made our way along the boardwalk we were lucky to see a Striped Honeyeater. Unfortunately, the only photo we have does not show its face but I have included it here because it was the first time we have seen one.
Salt marsh comprised of pigface, samphire and marine couch can be viewed from the boardwalk.
We returned to the picnic area where Crested Pigeons were wandering around.