Saturday, September 24, 2016

Glen Lomond and Duggan Parks

Toowoomba sits on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. Along the eastern face of the mountains where there is a sharp drop down to the Lockyer Valley are a series of parks. We recently visited a couple of these parks: Glen Lomond and Duggan.

We were out near mid-day so it was pretty quiet and birds were hard to see. the first one we saw was the Noisy Friarbird

It is a bit obscured by the tree limb, but he has a curious hump on his beak. Odd looking guy.

Over at the Duggan Park, we caught sight of an Eastern Yellow Robin. Like the European Robin, this bird is smaller that the thrush version we call a Robin in the US. they come in several colors here and yellow is one of the more striking.

At the end of a short walk, we found a welcome bench and overlook from which we could see Table Mountain. This is the remains of an ancient volcano and is flat-ish on top. It is a sacred place ot the local Aboriginals and was used for important gatherings until early in the 20th century.

Our neighbor has drafted me into walking to the top of this innocent looking hill. If I survive this quest, I'll post a few photos to give you a feel of being there.