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29 bags, one TV and small power poll

By: Michael Fox

Sunday 2nd March CleanUP Australia

Thanks to coordinator Kerstie Olsson we had a record turn out of approximately 60 volunteers (which included two Scout groups) and collected twenty-nine bags of rubbish (half recycling), a large TV, several pieces of wooden furniture and a small power pole from the top of the mountain, the walking tracks and down the road.

Cub Scouts on patrol - 2 March 2014

Cub Scouts on patrol

The main issue was broken glass, fast food wrappers and dumping large rubbish.

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I led a group of Cub Scouts down Acacia Way and Geebung Track.

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Rainbow Lorikeet emerging from nest hollow

Not a lot of rubbish but we did see a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets Trichoglossus haematodus emerge from a nest hollow, a pair of Galahs Eolophus roseicapillus as well as butterflies and bugs.

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Galahs at home

 

 

Spotted Paropsine Beetle - 2 March 2014

Spotted Paropsine Beetle Paropsis maculata

 

 

Small Dusky-blue - 2 March 2014

Small Dusky-blue Candalides erinus

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Count the Scaly’s

By: Michael Fox

We often have Scaly-breasted Lorikeets Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus visiting our birdbaths. However in the past it was always two or three at a time. A little smaller than their cousins the Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus these cute birds with their flashing orange under-wings flock with the Rainbows.

Scaly’s are often out competed for nest hollows by their larger cousins. So it was a real pleasure to see at least eight, I had trouble counting as they flitted around, having fun in the water today.

Water for wildlife is really important in the current dry spell we are having in SE Queensland and we are rewarded by a constant stream of colourful visitors.

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Scaly-breasted Lorikeets

 

By: Michael Fox

The outlook for Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve is looking good with good rain forecast through to February which will greatly enhance the habitat restoration at our Bushcare sites.

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Rainbow Lorikeet chicks – click on photo to see colour of new feathers

We are also seeing positive signs with our wildlife. Two Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus chicks have been hatched out in one of the nest boxes installed at the Fox Gully Bushcare site.

When we first confirmed the chicks had hatched we were not sure that they were Rainbows but one week on there is now no doubt as their colours develop. Click on the photo to enlarge.

We have also had another Koala report this week from Ramita Street near Ekibin Creek.

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Koala sightings – Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve