Bundaberg

DENIZENS OF THE DEEP

27/11/2015 – A Visit to see Wood Carvings

My dad was very keen to take me to Bargara to view some wood carvings of sea life that he taken my cousin to see.

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Arthur Clark is a renowned local artist, famous for his wood carvings utilising local timbers.

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Denizens of the Deep is a series of intricate wood carvings of coral and sea life that live off the coast of Bundaberg.  With over 70 works comprising numerous components, the largest piece being more than three metres long, Council had been unable to display the entire collection at one location which was the Artist’s desire when Bundaberg City Council obtained the entire collection in 2005.

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The entire works have now been moved to Bundaberg Regional Council’s Bargara Office where they are on display for all to see.  The relocation project sees the construction of decorative platforms and the installation of lighting designed to display the artworks in their entirety.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the entire display, it was beautiful, I particularly liked the moray eel in the above photo poking his head through the hole in the coral.

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And again here, amazing carving.

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Every time I look at these I see something else.

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“When he gets a new piece of timber, he will spend the first three days just sitting and looking at it from all angles,“ Mr Clark’s wife Betty explained. “As soon as he picks up his pen, I know he’s away,” she said. No preliminary sketches are drawn, only a chalk line on the timber to mark the spine of the dominant animal in the carving. CQUni News

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OUT BOATING ON THE BURNETT RIVER

24/11/2015 – A Trip on a Boat

Mal (Rose’s husband) had recently bought a new boat and was anxious to try it out, so we set off to the banks of the Burnett River to launch the boat and try our hand with the fishing rods.

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Just checking that everything is in place and secure.  Note the beautiful round hole in the bridge structure, I wish I had noticed it at the time, I could have used it to make an awesome photo I reckon.

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And off we go, down river towards the heads.  It was a beautiful day.

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Ah how the rich and famous live, stunning house with an equally stunning yacht moored at river’s edge.

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Others are also enjoying the water, sailing with gay abandon.

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Far from the madding crowds.  Very close to the Burnett Heads we stop for a picnic. No one else in sight, just us and the beach.  I made the formidable mistake of walking over the sand to explore behind us, realized too late that the sand was REALLY HOT and my feet were burning, so had to run back with sore feet to the water to recover.

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A trawler came by us while we were eating lunch.

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Rather wind blown, but had a fantastic day, it would have been even better if I could have actually caught some fish.  Just as well that I like sitting by the water.

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A VISIT TO FLYING HIGH BIRD SANCTUARY – CHILDERS

30/11/2015 – Bird Watching

Another beautiful day in Queensland, we are off to have a look at the local bird sanctuary, which is billed as having the largest free flight aviary in Australia.

Cassowary

Always a favourite, the Cassowary, it appeared quite anxious but promptly sat down when it got near us and refused to stand up, so here it is.  They are amazing birds, incredibly strong, and billed as the most dangerous bird in the world.  Australia’s second largest native bird, cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people.  It is estimated that there are few than 1,500 cassowaries left in the wild, they are in fact more endangered than the koala.  Lose of habitat, cars, dogs and humans being their main downfall.  Want to help save the Cassowary?  

Emus

Usually a great favourite, the emu, and here he is with babies to look after.

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And baby is having an adventure on his own.

MacCaws

Macaws from South America.

Red-Winged Parrot

I think this is the red winged parrot, but I am happy to stand corrected.

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And, yes another parrot here, I made the classic mistake of getting carried away with the photography and forgetting to make a note of which bird I was photographing.  So any suggestions please?

Lovebird

And this one?

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Are they Ringnecks???   Sorry I don’t know.

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A VISIT TO BIG SISTERS NEW HOUSE

20/11/2015 – Bundaberg, Queensland

After an incredibly tiring journey, plane from Perth 00.10am to Gold Coast 7.00am, bus to train station 8.20am, train to Brisbane Central 9.30am, Tilt train to Bundaberg 11am, arrive in Bundy 3.30pm.

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Here is Rose’s beautiful house in Bundaberg, her and husband Mal have only been there for a few months and are already licking it into shape.

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From the back, showing 4WD and new boat. The house is on about 2 acres, so they have plenty of room for visitors!!! (and chickens).

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View from the back verandah, lovely pool and plenty of room.

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Here is the fish that Mal brought home the first day after a mornings fishing – and very nice it was too.

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Eggs on the front lawn closely guarded by attendant plover couple.

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These birds were incredibly good at guarding their eggs, this is as close as I could get to them and dad warned me that they would actually attack if I pushed them

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Masked Lapwing, formerly known as the Spurwinged Plover, they are well known for their aggressive habits and penetrating calls.  They have sharp, black-tipped yellow bony spurs on their ‘shoulders’ and these are used against predators (and over enthusiastic photographers).

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