Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Another Visit to UQ Gatton

While in Gatton we, of course, made another stop at the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus to visit the environmental park. This is been a rich place for seeing lots of Plumed Whistling Ducks. Not this time. Smaller numbers of birds and mostly, but not only, old friends. Above is a Pacific Black Duck.

The addition to our collection is the Australasian Cormorant caught drying his wings in the sun. I find this to be a very curious behaviour. If he can't fly until my wings are dry, he's very vulnerable to attack from snakes. And it isn't like there aren't snakes in this country.

An old friend appearing here for the first time is Willie Wagtail. When he first lands, he will wag his tail from side to side in a very characteristic display. He's also a ham. He sat on this post for a long time and posed for me.

Another old friend is the Magpie Goose seen here with the first decent shot I have of the Australasian Greebe.

The geese were busy having a bathe. Clearly they are well infested with vermin for they spend a great deal of time in the water splashing about.

I've added these photos as more to the previous images from UQ Gatton on flickr. Scroll to the bottom of the album to see the new additions. Enjoy.