Birds In A QLD Backyard

Who Am I? I think you are a Pale Headed Rosella?
We were happy to arrive at our Holiday House on the Sunshine Coast and find an assortment of birds, including the one above, a pied butcherbird (with a lovely song), blue faced honeyeaters, magpies, a kookaburra, and a cheeky brush turkey. 
So the boys decided to make a bird feeder to help feed a family of butcherbirds nesting nearby (because the baby bird is quite persistent with his meep meeping!) 
They started grinding seeds from the trees in the backyard and collecting twigs. Then they made a hanging branch and now we attach different leftover fruit and seed and wait to see what stops by. Many do, it is lovely. 
I didn't know that the Sunshine Coast is home to about a third of all Australian Bird species!


Where Have We Been?



Can you guess?





Ok you probably have guessed now, but if not...we have travelled across the country to Sydney. Not to stay, just a transit on our way to The Sunshine Coast QLD.
We had a great time in Old Sydney Town, we stayed at Pier One, right in the historic part of the city and I would recommend it, the boys enjoyed staying next to the famous Harbour Bridge, within walking distance to Circular Quay and the Opera House. The boys counted trains going over the bridge from our Hotel room!





 The Rocks has some beautiful old buildings and quirky streets, markets, cafes, etc etc, so we spent a lot of time walking and walking and walking. We did go on a few ferries and a bus as well.


 We had a picnic in the Botanical gardens and visited Balmain, stopped and chatted to the lovely man playing the Grand Piano in DJ's and watched the old clock in the QVB building.


I managed a quick visit to The Gallery of Modern Art.)




 Sadly we missed our visit with some friends due to sickness (but we will see you all soon!) so at the last minute we decided to go to Taronga Zoo. This zoo has to have the best view of any zoo anywhere I think.


 The boys loved their first ride on a cable car and the new Dinosaur exhibit.
 However our unanimous favourite of the day was the Gorilla enclosure. We stood and watched a family interact for quite a while. How amazing they are. There was a mum with a baby and a testing older son (had to have been a boy!) a very sleepy and grumpy Dad and Grandma. It was just like watching a human family through glass. So funny.



 All through the zoo you get views of the city like this, really a lovely outing.


 So that was Sydney and now we are off to the green and gold, palms, sunshine and tropical fruit.