A stroll up Mount Marlow

Perfect winter weather enticed fifteen walkers to join the Wildlife Queensland monthly excursion on the Sunday just past. The group met at the Freshwater bird hide (see Town Common map (pdf) if you’re not familiar with the park) at 9.00 and ambled along the causeway (someone called it a “dam wall”) to the foot of Many Peaks range near Bald Rock, then up to the top of Mount Marlow, the highest point of the range. I walked down it a year ago and commented that “I would rather go down it than up” but really, going up wasn’t too demanding.

Most of us came back the same way but some continued along the Many Peaks track to Tegoora Rock and down to Pallarenda, taking advantage of the offer of a lift back to Freshwater with a member who had chosen to approach the peak from the other direction (doing my last-year’s route in reverse, in fact).

I posted lots of landscapes last time, so these few here are just to show the current state of the wetlands and the birdlife.

We saw lots of birds including brolgas, hawks, egrets, ibis and large flocks of Magpie Geese; lots of butterflies – milkweed butterflies, Tawny Coster and Grass Yellows on the causeway and Ringlets, Argus, Bush Browns and Glasswing on the hillsides; and grasshoppers and dragonflies everywhere.

Bald Rock
Bald Rock (with bonus egret) from the causeway
Magpie Geese
Magpie Geese in flight over the reed-beds
Many Peaks Range
Looking along the inland side of Many Peaks Range from the beginning of the Mt Marlow track
view from Mt Marlow
Looking over Smedley’s Hill to mud-flats, the Bohle River and mangroves from Mt Marlow
Australasian Darter
Australasian Darter, about to take flight

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