Boondall Wetlands Visit August 2015

In August 2015 we were driving home from an outing in the morning north of Brisbane and saw a sign for Boondall Wetlands, so on impulse we decided to turn off and check it out. It was mid afternoon and a weekday, so it was really quiet and peaceful and not another soul was around.

The information centre there gave us some details about walking and bicycle tracks as well as the wildlife and birdlife you might get to see. There are several walks, a few short ones through treed areas and along the water, and a much longer one which circuits a little beach.

As we didn’t have a lot of time and the visit was unplanned, we decided to try the shorter 2km walk. The track is easy and quite wide and well maintained. We did hear some birds flying in amongst the trees, but we weren’t quick enough to spot them or take a photo of them. But we were pleasantly surprised when we came across a bird hide along the track and took some time out to sit and watch.

These are the birds that we managed to see in only about 15 minutes of being there.

Here is a video of some Chestnut Teal ducks we saw across the water.

These are the other birds we saw.

AUSTRALIAN PELICAN
AUSTRALIAN PELICAN

 

BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON

 

SILVER GULL
SILVER GULL

 

MANGROVE KINGFISHER
MANGROVE KINGFISHER

 

DARTER
DARTER

It was low tide when we were there and there were hundreds of little crabs crawling everywhere.

I got to see this magnificent Mangrove Kingfisher find a takeaway meal!

Boondall Wetlands was an interesting place to visit and I’d like to go again for the day and do the longer walk to the beach and even return in another season to see what type of birds show up around the hide.

Hot tip – make sure you take a hat, sunscreen and have plenty of insect repellent for the myriad of sand flies and mosquitoes!!

Visit the Boondall Wetlands website to find out more about it. Click here to a link to a council brochure with track maps.