Rubbish items retrieved before a recent Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare revegetation activity

Found objects

Sadly, not everyone loves our bushland and its surrounds. The discarded items above were recovered from a fairly small area beside a steam that runs through a revegetation patch recently worked on by the Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare group and local volunteers. If you live in or near the Reserve, please don’t use it as…

An eastern grey kangaroo on the edge of the Dawn Road Reserve. (Picture: Peter Bull)

Eastern grey kangaroo

While you are far more likely to see – or hear – wallabies in and around the Dawn Road Reserve, particularly at night, you may be lucky during the day or evening to see the occasional eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). Our local wallabies – thought to be either red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) or black-striped wallabies (Macropus dorsalis) – are…

An eastern long-necked turtle heads for higher ground after torrential rains in the Dawn Road Reserve

Eastern long-necked turtle

Usually, the shy eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodnina longicollis, or sometimes known as the snake-necked turtle for obvious reasons) keeps fairly close to the creek, but when we’ve had a decent downpour and the normally quiet Albany Creek starts roaring, these delightful creatures head for higher ground. In this case, this turtle ended up wandering around a local backyard…

A pair of Australian wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata) forage on the recently cleared embankment in the Dawn Road Reserve, near the end of McConachie Court. The male is at the front, the female behind.

Australian wood duck

Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata)– medium-sized ‘goose-like’ ducks with a dark brown head and a paler grey or brownish body, with two black stripes along the back – are frequent visitors to the Dawn Road Reserve. This pair (female at the rear, male in foreground) are scavenging along the recently cleared embankment just before revegetation began.…

Billie the sulphur-crested cockatoo taking a walk through suburbia at Albany Creek

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Regular visitors in and around the Dawn Road Reserve are the rather noisy sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita). You’ll hear one squawk to its mate or offspring, or evens dozens of them calling to one another as their flock scans the horizon for likely sources of food. According to Birds in Backyards, the large, white sulphur-crested…

The distinctive cumbungi (Typha domingensis) lines the waterway at the end of McConachie Court

Cumbungi (bullrush)

Whenever there are small streams or overland flows criss-crossing the Dawn Road Reserve, you are likely to see a north Queensland native water weed called cumbungi (Typha domingensis) – also known as bullrushes or ca’ts tails. Sadly, cumbungi has spread to south-east Queensland and you can find quite a bit of it along the stream that runs…

Alexandra palms invaded the riparian zone at the end of McConachie Court

Alexandra palm

You see them in many places around Brisbane, including private gardens, but the tall Alexandra palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) can grow up to 30m in height, with a crown containing around 10-12 long leaves that themselves can measure up to 4.5m. Unfortunately, while they are native to northern parts of Queensland, the Alexander palm has become…