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Friday, June 30, 2017

Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Bald Hills, Brisbane QLD.

Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
While in Brisbane we dropped into Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve. Love that name! At Deep Water Bend on the Pine River there is a boat ramp, fishing pontoon, toilets, picnic shelters with tables and BBQ's.

First we did the Island Circuit; a pleasant, easy, 1.8 km walk through mangroves and casaurinas with views over the Pine River.

Brisbane City Council Information Sign.
Boardwalk on the Island Track
A patch of samphire surrounded by marine couch.
There were a number of butterflies about. Mostly Common Crow, Yellow Albatross and Large Grass Yellows. Many of the Sheoaks (casuarinas) we passed were smothered by Monkey Vine which is a parasitic weed however, it is also a host plant for the Common Crow butterfly. 

Yellow Albatross, male and Large Grass Yellow.
It was a windy day but we still managed to see a few birds on the walk.
Grey Fantail and Striated Pardalote
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and Rufous Whistler

After the Island Track we walked to the Bird Hide which overlooks Bald Hills Creek. This is an easy walk of about 1 km return. 

Bird Hide at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
The middle of winter isn't prime time for shorebirds and the tide was out so we weren't surprised that we could only see a couple of birds in the distance. 

View from the bird hide.

Bird List: Brahminy Kite, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Grey Fantail, Noisy Friarbird, White-faced Heron, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Australian White Ibis, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Striated Pardalote, Silver Gull, Grey Shrike-thrush, Royal Spoonbill, Welcome Swallow, Caspian Tern, Rufous Whistler, Willie Wagtail.

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