Major Mitchells Cockatoo at Kilcowera Station
Major Mitchells Cockatoo at Kilcowera Station

We have been pretty busy this year with our visitors and amongst them we have had a lot of photographers.  One of these was Nevil Lazarus who did an outback trip with a couple of other blokes and I believe they had a ball.  They were certainly a happy crew with a job for everone – there was the navigator, the cook and the bloke who wandered around with the camera.

Cinnamon Quail Thrush at Kilcowera Station

This Cinnamon Quail Thrush was spotted on the way to our Lake Paddock.

Budgerigars nesting at Kilcowera Station

The budgerigars have been nesting here since early December – Talk about populating the west!

Hobby Falcon at  Kilcowera Station

Nevil was lucky enough to get a whole sequence of images of this bird having it’s little snack – right down to the last leg going down the hatch.  The Hobbies have a nest right near our Shearers Quarters accommodation and campground.

Great-crested Grebes at Kilcowera Station

These Great Crested Grebes are just gorgeous!  This was taken in Benanga Creek which is one of the creeks that start on Kilcowera and  fill Lake Wyara.  Access to Lake Wyara is only to be had from Kilcowera as the roads to the lakes are closed on Currawinya NP at this time 22/7/2010.

Plumed Whistling Duck  at Kilcowera Station

Cardenyabba Lagoon looks spectacular again and is home to stacks of these Plumed Whistling Ducks, lots of Shags, Darters, Cormorants and Pelicans to name just a few.  Visitors are able to bush camp right on the side of the lagoon and witness all these birds doing their thing.  And that seems to be eating all the yabbies and fish in the lagoon!  This stunning Red Backed Kingfisher is another resident around the lagoon. Isn’t he a dork?

Red-backed  Kingfisher at Kilcowera Station

Red-backed Kingfisher at Kilcowera Station

This Red Browed Pardalote was found in our Kimberly Paddock in amongst the Mulga.

Red-browed Pardalote at Kilcowera Station

And after a hard day traipsing around the bush they did sit back with a few nibblies, a beverage and a pretty good view to go with it.

Outback trip - May June 2010 Kilcowera Station

And there are always a few sticky beaks to keep an eye on the goings on in the bush.

White-breasted Woodswallows at Kilcowera Station

I can but admire these great photos and wish that I had the knowledge, the eye and the equipment that this man has and thank him very much for allowing me to use them on my blog.  All of these images were taken by Nevil Lazarus.  Now I’ll scuttle away with my panasonic, put it away and stick to the binoculars I think!  Cheers Zenonie

 
A lagoon on Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland
A lagoon on Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland

We’ve been quite busy here for the last few weeks, had a delightful young couple here for a month to help with some general station maintenance.  She was french and he an australian, they had a month to fill in before they flew to India where his mother owns a hotel, so they decided to see a bit of the outback.  They did all manner of things including cleaning grids out, mustering and branding cattle, helping with our visitors, gardening and cooking.  Our french – english has improved somewhat, her english certainly did. 

We have been able to buy in 2 mobs of cows since my last post and the latest lot is in the cattle yard at Zenonie right now.  These ones are all Herefords but the first lot was a mixture of breeds. 

I took a nice South African couple on a tour of the place a few days ago and was able to show them the pelicans nesting on the island at the southern end of Lake Wyara and the many more thousands of birds also nesting right along the southern shoreline as well.  There are plenty of other water birds on the lake and also on Benanga creek.  We had a fantastic look at 8 Bourke’s Parrots at Murderer’s Bore.   A stroll through the grass flushed out quail and the chestnut breasted quail thrush. Some other guys claim to have seen the cinnamon quail thrush as well. 

On one of the last stops for the day we went into Rustlers Roost and I spied an unusual looking vine growing between the rocks.  Closer inspection proved it to be Hardenbergia violaceae or Sarsaparilla vine, a rare plant, last seen here 15 or 20 years ago.  We also have the beautiful Carpet of Snow flowering at the moment (Stachhousiaceae  Macgregoria racemigera )  Cop that mouthful!

Carpet of Snow or Stackhousiaceae growing on the margins of a swamp at Kilcowera Station, Outback Australia.

Carpet of Snow or Stackhousiaceae growing on the margins of a swamp at Kilcowera Station, Outback Australia.
Our new second hand bus gets its’ first major run next Sunday when we have 11 people flying into Thargomindah for us to pick up, show them around town, have lunch, bring them to Kilcowera and give them a bit of a look around here.  Then the evening meal and tip them into bed for the night.  A cooked breakfast, back to town and onto their plane for the next leg of their journey.  The tour operator is Young at Heart and they do tours through out the world.  Going to be busy, our daughter and her boyfriend are coming down from Quilpie to help over the weekend.  Bless her little cotton socks. 

The local council has been working on our road in the last few weeks and it is in pretty good condition in most places.

A typical outback road.  Just joking.  Really. 

A typical outback road. Just joking. Really.

What a morning!!!  Decided to do some baking (biscuits, cakes etc) so I’m listening to talk back radio and cooking when a largish red helicopter starts  buzzing around the place and then goes.  Many hours later this English sounding lady rings up and asks if they can land near a big swamp to the north of us and camp the night.  Whatever makes them happy I suppose.  Then a truck arrives driven by an old gent of about 90 bringing some fencing material for us.  Greg and a friend unload that and old Mac goes back to Hungerford. 

  Then a bloke rings up from Sydney wanting some info on Pelicans in the area.  He wants to do a wildlife documentary and has heard there are pelicans, there aren’t pelicans, they’re breeding, they’re not breeding. I said there’s about 15,000 of them on Lake Wyara and I didn’t think they were out there swapping comics.  Often these overtures come to nothing so we don’t get too excited about them anymore.  Not until you see the whites of their eyes.  

We had another one last week wanting to film a commercial on a clay pan. 

Even though I obligingly went out and took photos of a claypan and sent them to her I have heard nothing back.  And lastly a visit from a never before seen black goanna on my front veranda which had Lucy in a total frenzy.

Black goanna at Kilcowera Station, Outback Australia.

He’s old mate, cute isn’t he?

 

Taken from a Skyfox Gazelle
Kihee Creek running into Lake Wyara in South West Queensland

 

 Angela and I went for a fly on Anzac weekend after we did our little bit of mustering and she took about 400 photos.  She used her new Canon EOS 500 and my Panasonic DMC FZ50 which has a better Zoom lens than hers does.  At this stage.

Lake Wyara taken from the south, Kilcowera Station SW Queensland.

Lake Wyara  is a wetland of international significance and is part of Currawinya NP.  The wetlands on Currawinya are RAMSAR listed.

Lake Wyara in the foregrund and Lake Numalla in the background.

We were flying around in my little Skyfox Gazelle, it’s terrific for photography as you can have the doors open.  It was pretty cold though, Ang had the cameras firmly wrapped around her neck.

Pelican Rookery on Lake Wyara the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station in Outback Australia.

And yes the Pelicans are back again.  They had a successful breeding event in 2008 but this year will be even better as they are isolated on islands.

Thousands of Pelicans are calling Lake Wyara home for the next few months as they bring up their chicks.

Pelican Rookery on Lake Wyara, the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station Outback Queensland.

 Pelican Rookery on Lake Wyara, the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station.

The lake is not full but it  has the most water in it for over a decade, lets hope we get more rain to fill it up.  Well not for a while or the pelicans islands will go under.