A roadside snipe
Laurie Knight <>
Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:17:56 +1000
I came across a snipe (presumably Latham's) feeding on the grassy
verge of the Boonah - Rathdowney Rd (SEQ) on the 29th of December. It
was about 6.30 am and it was poking about in association with a PF
Swamphen. It was nowhere near a water body and it appeared to be
probing the ground with its bill.
Equally strange, I came across a Koala crossing the road five minutes
up the road.
I was on my way to a 4 day bushwalk taking in Barney Creek, Lindsay
Creek and the Ballow Rim. The cicadas were pretty noisy in the box
forest sections, so listening to bird calls was a bit difficult. I
did however see 3 or 4 Noisy Pittas along the way.
I also came across a carpet snake swallowing what was possibly a
potoroo (photographed), a platypus clambering about in shallow water,
and two Southern Angle-headed Dragons (one bit me when I was working
my way through a vine tangle and grabbed the trunk of a small tree - I
think I must have put my finger in front of its mouth). I also had a
Bush rat coming into my tent on New Years Eve and recorded the calls
of a colony of Philoria loveridgei (small ground-dwelling frogs).
As always, it was magic having quality time on the Macpherson Range
and camping in the nothofagus.
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