Rainbow Lorikeets can be found throughout the region, and love nothing better more an early morning feed of backyard grevilleas. “They’re always heading somewhere, sucking on the nectar”, Kevin says. “We have them in our yard all the time,” Kay says. “They’re a joy.” (used with permission: Kevin Williams)
The Regent Bowerbird is Kay’s favourite local bird. “I fell in love with it the first time I saw a photo. But to see them in real life is spectacular. The vibrant yellow is just amazing in the bush. The first time I saw one, a bird club member told me we could see three pairs of birds along Toowoomba’s Prince Henry Drive. We didn’t see them the day of the outing we went on. So for the next two weeks I went every day and walked along the walk before I saw any. And then I saw two pairs. Spectacular!” (used with permission: Kevin Williams)
Kevin’s favourite bird is the Galah. “To see them in a big mob is spectacular. They’re cheeky and noisy. I really like their colouring. We have them come to our bird feeder at our place. You see them going a bit crazy at times, especially when it rains.” (used with permission: Kevin Williams)
King Parrots can be seen in Queens Park in the middle of the city. “They’re a beautiful bird,” Kay says. “They’re really friendly. We had sunflowers growing in the backyard one year, and the parrots would come in and eat the seeds off the sunflowers.” (used with permission: Kevin Williams)
The Eastern Yellow Robin is “a friendly bird,” according to Kay. “If you’re walking through Ravensbourne National Park, they’ll follow you. They flit in and out of the trees. It’s the one Robin you’ll see all year round.” (used with permission: Kevin Williams)
Kay Williams says southern Queenslanders are spoilt when it comes to birds.
“Toowoomba has one of the best birding areas in Australia. Out of the 840-odd birds Australia has, Toowoomba has between 200 to 300.”
“We had visitors from Adelaide who counted 20 different species in two hours sitting on our back deck. They went home very happy!”
Kevin and Kay Williams go ‘birding’ up to six times a week. Kay says a bird watcher needs good eyes, binoculars, and a bird book (although she admits she has replaced the book with a bird phone app these days).
“Bird week is a great week to encourage people to start looking for birds,” Kay says. “But you’ve got a whole year to see different things. Over the year birds come and go, and feathers change, so each time you go out you’ll see something different. Look up in the trees, and listen.”
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