Ingham, Queensland: A Reprise

Day Nine of the 2019 A-Z Challenge in which I am participating during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia. Today our posts are relevant to the letter I.

As the title suggests this post is a reprise of a post from last year. I like the photos and enjoyed our stay in Ingham at the TYTO Wetlands and wanted to share it again as part of April’s challenge.

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Camped on the banks of the TYTO Wetlands in Ingham we enjoyed uninterrupted views of life on one of the wetlands lakes. As birds flew close by or perched on branches a few feet away I couldn’t believe I’d left the DSLR behind. So no bird photos this trip 🙄. Instead we remember as much as we can and use the bird book for identification, maybe.

From the lookout above the boardwalk.

I’m not sure what it is between me and photography. It’s like if there isn’t a photo it didn’t happen. Tell me I’m not the only one.

Paying homage through its name to the locally found Eastern Grass Owl TYTO Wetlands is a 110 hectare rehabilitated wetland area, home to unique flora and fauna including over 240 species of birds and many Agile Wallabies.

In an arid kind of way this is a beautiful place that relies on a mono-culture of sugar can production to bolster its economy.  With the development of the TYTO Wetlands and the pioneering influence of Italian and Spanish migrants tourism is a secondary industry.  While there are studies in place looking at crop diversification, the mono-culture in sugar cane continues as the economic backbone. The urgency to introduce suitable crops for rotation comes at a time when continuing the mono-culture causes soil depletion resulting in weaker and weaker crops.  Add to that the population decrease due to reduced jobs and the need to diversify and bring expertise and people to the area increases the importance for change.

The wetlands were home to these small turtles who were inquisitive a about us.

The camping facilities at the weekend allowed us to stay two nights. It allowed us to regroup and restock supplies. In the meantime we enjoyed the peaceful spot on the water.

The M.O.T.H. herding the Agile Wallabies towards me for a better photo, which didn’t happen.

 

Flowering native shrubs are throughout the region and help sustain nectar-loving birds

 

How amazing is this ‘fruit’/seed pod?

On our final afternoon we walked the tracks that zigzagged through the wetlands. With the 240 bird species that live in the wetlands and surrounds, I expected to see a lot more than we did.  Considering those calling this area home represent more than a quarter of Australian birds it was surprisingly difficult to spot them in their natural habitat.

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One of the bird hides around the wetland.  Photo credit TYTO Wetlands

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We visited during the dry season and there were few lakes which may be why we saw so few birds.  I imagine a different experience in the wet when full lakes and creeks would morph this experience into something completely different.

Gratitudes:

  • Another beautiful camping spot
  • Someone who cooks and cares for me
  • Places to explore
  • The birds and turtles we did see

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