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Forest Watching - Not Just for the Birds

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published November 4th 2013
Take a Peek at Mother Nature's Entertainers
If you look at the forest as a giant conglomeration of everything in it you could sit and watch it all day, seeing things that are nothing short of grand. From flora to fauna and everything in between it is worth watching.

Australia is blessed with an abundance of birds. It is a blessing that the Mt. Coot-tha forest reserve is so close at hand. Teaming with life it is a wonderful place to study them. There are at least 14 different species of birds buzzing around at any given time.

Forest Watching- It's Not Just for the Birds!
Magpies whistle a great tune!

The Sulfur Crested Cockatoos, with their yellow headdress and gleaming white plumage, the Noise miners that live in packs and sound like dog squeaky toys, the magpies with the beautiful whistling tunes they sing, the Kookaburras sounding like mad scientists experimenting in the forest. The Pacific Baza who likes to go unnoticed at the edge of it all.

Forest Watching - It's Not Just for the Birds!
You know when this guy is around!

The whole lot awakens at dawn, chirps, whistles, grunts, whoops and squawks then they head out for a day of survival, to return at night and continue the process.

To watch them is to learn and see the changes that they go through on a yearly basis. Each has their own skills. If you are interested in becoming a bird watcher on a deeper level you can go to Birdlife. Their website helps you get started and mentions equipment and even clubs to join.

You can watch them little by little, making it a hobby. This is something you can do alone or with your family. The antics, sounds and life that these wonderful characters bring is like watching nature's entertainment guide.

Forest Watching - It's Not Just for the Birds!
Brilliant Color!

But you can watch the rest of the forest as well.

There are over 2000 types of gum trees in Australia. Leopard trees, Scribbly gum trees, the white giants that stand majestically over top of everything else. The Ironbark with its amazing red bark that shows true in the rain.

Forest Watching - It's Not Just for the Birds!
Giant Gums - home to many!

The palette of colours that the trees come in is inspiring. The Jacarandas are just finishing and Poincianas are letting us know the Christmas season is coming soon.

Pick yourself up a copy of Simpson and Day's "Field Guide to the Birds of Australia", a very handy reference to take with you. "Wild Places of Greater Brisbane" and "Wildlife of Greater Brisbane" are both put out by the Queensland Museum and make a valuable contribution to your family library.

The forest wouldn't be complete without the insects, frogs, marsupials and ground dwellers that thrive here. There is no shortage of things to watch in the forest.
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Why? The Forest - Mother Nature's Entertainer!
When: dependant
Where: Mt Coot-tha Forest Reserve
Cost: free
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I love this article Sharon - your bird shots are gorgeous and make me want to wake up at sparrow's fart!
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2263 days ago
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