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Morning sun from Eastern Outlook Track

By: Michael Fox

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for a morning walk in Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve. The air is fresh and cool and alive with the sound of birds.

Every morning is different. One day the morning sun is putting on a show peaking over the clouds while this morning I saw a new bird to photograph and identify. (Not always easy when you only catch one view of the bird.)

Unidentfied bird - 23 March 14

What bird is this? Ideas anyone?

Acacia Way - 23 Mar 14

Are we really in the middle of a city?

We also saw a Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus on the Eastern Outlook Track and another pair on the Farm Fire Trail.

We did not see any Wallabies, there have been three reliable sightings over the past twelve months, but we did have a pair of Galahs Eolophus roseicapillus fly past and saw two Black Faced Cuckoo Shrikes Coracina novaehollandiae.

Every track has different vegetation and a different feel depending on the time of day and position of the sun.

Koala - Fox Gully - 8 March 2014 - 7-01am

Koala with brown pelt? That is different.

By: Michael Fox

Saturday morning I was preparing to lead a guided walk for students from Griffith University and QIBT when my wife, Jude, calls to tell me there is a Koala in the tree behind our house. This is exciting because I can always find a tree with scratches to show people but if I can lead these students to a Koala in the wild right beside their university campus, that will be something special.

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Griffith and QIBT student explorers

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Rainbow Lorikeets

Laurie Deacon and I are joined by ten enthusiastic participants from all over the world – Europe, China, Japan, as well as country Victoria, all keen to explore Mt Gravatt walking tracks.

Acacia Way from Mt Gravatt Campus leads along the ridge that acts as the watershed between Ekibin/Norman Creek catchment and Mimosa/Bulimba Creek catchment passing a tree with a nest hollow being used by a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets Trichoglossus haematodus.

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Koala Phascolarctos cinereus

I was able to introduce our visitors to bush food РNative Raspberry Rubus moluccanus, unfortunately not in fruit at the moment, and Settlers Flax Gymnostachys anceps with tough fibers used by aborigines to make fishing lines.

Joining the Geebung Track we continued onto the Fox Gully Bushcare site where I explained the nestbox project that is providing breeding habitat for Squirrel Gliders Petaurus norfolcensis and Kookaburras Dacelo novaeguineae.

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Mountain explorers powering up the hill

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Our friendly Koala has moved high up into the branches, however, it was still a special opportunity to show visitors one of these amazing animals in the wild, not in a zoo, just 15 minutes from the city and right beside their campus.

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Re-energised our team powered on to Mt Gravatt Lookout for a break before returning to campus.

I was particularly pleased to photograph a Spangled Drongo on the way back. We had the Spangled Drongo on our species list but no photograph.

QIBT and Griffith students are invited to join us in our bush restoration work.See Griffith Mates for events. 

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Mt Gravatt Lookout

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Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus