Rowes Bay Wetlands

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animals: where the wild and not so wild things live (and visit)

The Rowes Bay wetlands and woodlands attract a wide variety of animals with the most obvious and easiest to sight being the birds.

What we usually don’t see is the huge range of insects and other small animals that are the smorgasbord of the birds and larger animals.

The wetlands are like a foodcourt at a shopping centre. In the wetland foodcourt during the rush hour (the wet season) the selection of food is vast, fresh and it keeps on being replenished.

After the peak, as the wetland dries out, there is less food and the customers start to leave to find better foodcourts.

The drier woodlands also support a wide range of animals with the rush hour being less defined and more reliant on perennial plants and flowering cycles and the availability of nectar, fruit and seeds.

Shelter and breeding habitat is also required to maintain biological cycles.

Here is a selection of the wildlife that you are likely to see when you visit the Rowes Bay wetlands and woodlands.

(see Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland (Queensland Museum 2000)

Rainbow Bee-eater
(Merops ornatus)
Common Tree Snake
(Dendrelaphis punctulata)
(Dacelo novaeguineae)

Goanna (Lace Monitor)
(Varanus varius)

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Golden Orb Weaver
(Nephila spp.)
Yellow-bellied Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)

Scrub Turkey
(Alectura lathami)

Spangled Drongo
(Dicrurus bracteatus)
(Grus rubicundus)

(Macropus spp.)

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

(Ephippiorthynchus asiaticus)
Magpie Goose
(Anseranas semipalmata)
Freshwater Turtle

Jabiru (Black-necked Stork) (Ephippiorthynchus asiaticus)

Peaceful Dove
(Geopelia striata)

Tawny Frogmouth
(Podargus strigoides)
Intermediate Egret
(Ardea intermedia)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
(Coracina novaehollandiae)

(Irediparra gallinacea)
 Magpie Lark (Pee Wee)
(Grallina cyanoleuca)
 Australian White Ibis 
(Threskiornis molucca)

Paper Wasp Nest
(Polistes humilis)

For a Green Tree Snake some days its not worth getting out of bed.

Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) and joey’ - the most common wallaby found in tropical Australia.

A Pelican relaxes at the nearby Town Common day spa.

Hanging out at the Rowes Bay Sustainable House near the wetlands.

Big feet help work up an appetite for the Jacana.

Green Tree Snake.

A human in the wetlands.

Jabiru, Egret and Ibis.

Not sure how the Yellow-bellied Sunbird got its name.

Roo in the grass.

Rainbow Bee-eaters are always on the look out for a quick takeaway.