I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer living in Brisbane.
Published August 2nd 2017
Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve
One of my favourite places to walk and take photos of wildlife is quaintly called Pooh Corner. It is little known (read quiet) but the locals are passionate about it. Pooh Corner contains approximately 1,100 Eastern Grey Kangaroos, the biggest urban kangaroo population to be found in any Australian city.
Pooh Corner Bushland Reserve The Reserve is 18kms from Brisbane CBD "as the crow flies". It is 137.5 hectares of local government owned land in the south western suburb of Wacol, used as "public recreation and open space" and is a conservation area. The Eastern Greys are the main inhabitants and the adult males grow up to 2 metres. As well as the kangaroos, other mammals found there include the greater glider, swamp wallaby and red-necked wallaby; as well as koalas and a wide range of birds.
The "Kangaroo Trail" is an easy 3.9km circuit walk on a flat designated track leaving from, and returning to, the picnic area. The picnic area is maintained by Brisbane City Council. Facilities include walking tracks, public toilets, electric BBQs, shelter with stools and tables, and a free car park. The car park gate opens at 6am and closes at 7pm daily, all year round. 4WDs and trail bikes are banned and dogs must be kept on leashes, so that the roos and other wildlife are not disturbed.
Pooh Corner Environment Centre
The Environment Centre was built by Brisbane City Council in recognition of the environmental and educational value of Pooh Corner. Volunteer environment group, Friends of Pooh Corner, initiated its creation and contribute to its ongoing protection as a conservation reserve. Since 2015, the Centre has been managed on behalf of the local community by Wolston and Centenary Catchments Inc (WaCC). It is available for community and private function hire.
Boxing kangaroos in the mist
Birds of Pooh Corner Nature Reserve Of the 127 species of birds recorded in the reserve, I have seen and heard (and photographed) the following:
Brush Turkey (lovable in the wild; in your garden, not so much)
Australian White Ibis
Corella (long-billed and little)
Rainbow Lorikeet (I call them the Crankies as they squabble)
Fairy Wren (lovely)
Kookaburra or "Laughing Jackass"
And there are some others I haven't identified. I've not been lucky enough to spot a goshawk or any owls - yet.