Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
 
  Kershaw Gardens  
     
     
 
One of the lagoons at Kershaw Gardens, water features are an integral part of the gardens and provide reasonably safe feeding and breeding habitats for birds, some of these are below. When I visit this tranquil place I remind myself that it was once a landfill site and am grateful to those who had the vision, drive and love of nature to transform that ugliness into something beatiful.
 
     
     
 
This Intermediate Egret is in breeding plumage and has built a nest on the lotus lillies that lend an exotic air to the lagoon, you can see more of this and other Intermediate Egrets here; Intermediate Egret
 
     
     
 
A pair of Wandering Whistling Ducks in one of the lagoons at Kershaw Gardens, their name is about the most bohemian bird name I've encounted, evoking images of small groups of itinerant minstrel ducks accompanying their lutes, lyres, mandolins and tamborines with melodic whistling of a transcendent nature.
 
     
     
 
A Royal Spoonbill feeding along the edge of a lagoon, though wary of people the birds here are not as flighty as they are elsewhere, here we are part of the environment, not an unusual and potentially dangerous intruder.
 
     
     
 
A pair of Apostlebirds that seem to live around the lagoon, these are a hinterland species and I haven't seen them on the coast, they were called Apostlebirds because they were thought to travel in groups of twelve and were likened to the apostles of Jesus Christ.
 
     
     
 
Above is another of the water features at Kershaw Gardens, this one is in the rainforest section, while photographing here an elderly couple drew my attention to the Eastern Water Dragon below and explaining that it was often there sunbathing because it was the biggest Waterdragon and that rock was the best place to sunbathe and it turfed the smaller ones off when it wanted to sunbathe, which seemed fair enough to me, in its way.
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
A Channel-billed Cuckoo, these are a summer visitor to the Capricorn region and can be found here and at the Botanic Gardens, unfortunately they stay in the upper canopy and this is the best shot I've managed so far, they are also present on the coast but I haven't been able to get within cooee of those.
 
     
     
 
Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, these are common throughout the regionso if you haven't seen one and are passing through Rockhampton spend an hour here, you'll stand a good chance of seeing them as well as other members of the parrot family such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Red-winged Parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets.
 
     
     
  I noticed this crow preoccupied with some object and was able to get some closer shots of a normally wary bird, I thought it was probably trying to open a freshwater mussel, it was only when I got home and had a closer look that I saw it was a turtle hatchling.  
 
 
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Yeppen Lagoon
back to Rockhampton
     
   
 
   
 
where is it

View Larger Map
 
 
other posts
different bills, May 11 2013
 
man v coot, or birds aren't silly
 
dance of the Brolgas
 
Fishing Creek Road
 
Hedlow Creek
 
Waterpark Creek
 
Great Keppel Island