Brief trip report – Mackay to Melbourne
I recently was fortunate to spend a week from Central Queensland back to Melbourne with Rohan Clarke largely looking for wildlife with an emphasis on mammals. He had spent three weeks travelling up when I flew into meet him so will likely post a more comprehensive report.
Day 1: Flew into Mackay late afternoon and we spent an unsuccessful evening looking for Water Mouse in mangroves south of Mackay
Day 2: Birded around Mackay and Eungella then spotlit from Crediton State Forest to Broken River to Eungella Dam. Highlights of 5 glider species including Central Greater, Yellow-bellied, Squirrel and Broad-toed Feather-tailed Glider as well as Unadorned Rock-wallaby, Rufous Bettong and some nice bats.
Day 3: A bit of birding and exploring then a night spotlighting Homevale NP. Highlights of Rufous Bettong, Dingo, Squirrel Glider and some bats.
Day 4: Epic day! Had permission to enter Epping Forest NP to test some thermal gear. Highlights of Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat! And Spectacled Hare-wallaby as well as being in an awesome place!
Day 5: Could it get any better? Had also permission to visit Taunton NP for a couple of hours. Highlights of Bridled Nail-tailed Wallaby! as well as many Black-striped Wallaby as well as many other macropods. Spent the night at Blackdown Tablelands NP where spotlighting was not particularly successful.
Day 6: Time to head south. Dropped in at Tolderodden CP and camped the night at Cressbrook Dam. Highlights of Herbert’s Rock-wallaby
Day 7: Up early at Cressbrook Dam and Lake Perseverance before heading down to Girraween NP for a night of spotlighting. Highlights of Red Deer, Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Southern Greater Glider and some nice bats.
Day 8: Heading for home spending the night at Forbes. Got many good bat recordings during an evening of frogging at Gum Swamp near Forbes.
Day 9: and home
For more information read some rambling blog posts:
Car mounted and hand held thermal
Echometer touch 2 bat detector
Platypus – Mackay Botanical Gardens and Broken River near Eungella
Echidna – various especially Epping Forest NP
Brown Antechinus – 1 seen well at Girraween NP
Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat – at least 8 seen on an epic night a Epping Forest NP
Yellow-bellied Glider – a couple heard and seen near Crediton Hall road/Eungella Dam-Broken River intersection.
Sugar Glider – Eungella, Blackdown and Girraween
Squirrel Glider – several seen Eungella Dam area and Homevale NP
Central Greater Glider – 14 or so seen between Crediton State Forest and Eungella Dam – even seen cavorting on the ground
Southern Greater Glider – single seen in Girraween National Park
Eastern Ring-tailed Possum – various
Broad-toed Feather-tailed Glider – one detected by thermal and then spotlit at Broken River near Eungella
Common Brush-tailed Possum – various
Rufous Bettong – Eungella Dam, Homevale NP, Taunton NP and near Perseverance Dam
Herbert’s Rock-wallaby – 7 or so animals seen at and near Tolderodden Conseveration Park, Eidsvold
Unadorned Rock-wallaby – a half dozen or so at Eungella Dam
Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby – perhaps a dozen at Perseverance Dam near Toowoomba
Red-legged Pademelon – Crediton State Forest
Spectacled Hare-wallaby – 8+ Epping Forest NP – allowed very close approach at times
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Agile Wallaby – around Mackay
Black-striped Wallaby – very common at Taunton NP – a couple of roadkill elsewhere
Red-necked Wallaby – Girraween NP and surrounds
Bridled Nail-tailed Wallaby – Saw 30+ at Taunton NP
Common Wallaroo – seen at a few places, great close views at Girraween a highlight
Red Kangaroo – near Epping Forest NP and at various spots on the way south
Swamp Wallaby – various – seems lighter in build and colour up north
Fawn-footed Melomys – a number seen at Crediton State Forest
House Mouse – Homevale NP
Black Flying-fox – Mackay area and Homevale NP
Eastern Horseshoe Bat – Great recordings from Girraween NP
White-striped Free-tailed Bat – heard various and spotlit at Girraween NP
Little Bent-winged Bat – Crediton State Forest
Gould’s Wattled Bat – recorded various
Chocolate Wattled Bat – recorded and spotlit Girraween and Gum Swamp
Eastern Forest Bat – Crediton State Forest
Dingo – Thermal and heard at Homevale NP
Red Deer – Cressbrook Dam
Pretty-faced Wallaby – Rohan saw a couple of live ones but I only saw roadkill on this trip
Melomys sp – Several seen in mangrove and surrounding grassland south of Mackay
Likely Inland Broad-nosed Bat on recording – Gum Swamp
Multiple Vespaleus sp on recording in various places
Likely Eastern Cave Bat – Homevale NP
Chalinolobus nigrogriseus or Scotoperens greyii on recording – Homevale NP
Long-eared bat sp on recording – Girraween NP and Gum Swamp