Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (part 2)

Continued from part 1

(Apologies for the blurry nature of some photos – it was getting dark towards the end of the afternoon and bars got in the way with some birds.)

The sanctuary has many birds on display, such as native rainforest pigeons …

Rose-crowned fruit dove (Ptilinopus regina)

Male superb fruit dove (Ptilinopus superbus) (apologies for the bars) …

Superb fruit dove (male)

Superb fruit dove (immature)

Torresian imperial (Ducula spilorrhoa) and white-headed (Columba leucomela) pigeons …

White-headed pigeon (foreground) and Torresian imperial pigeon (behind)

White-headed pigeon info board

Imperial pigeon info board

Pied heron (Ardea picata) …

Pied heron

Chiming wedgebill (Psophodes occidentalis) – a staffer said this unprepossessing bird was moved from one of the displays right next to houses (the sanctuary in right in the middle of a beachside suburb in the Gold Coast) as it was driving human neighbours crazy with its piercing calls. The call is wonderful, but would get annoying in constant repetition. It reminded me of the sound my washing machine makes when it needs attention. You can see a video and hear it here.

A little brown bird with a big loud voice – the chiming wedgebill

Forest kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) …

Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) …

Gouldian finches

Male satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) turning from juvenile to into blue/black male colouration – we have plenty of satins on our property, but I’ve never seen the change-over before now …

Juvenile male satin bowerbird turning into adult colours and picking up blue objects for his bower

The bower …

Satin bowerbird bower, with typical blue adornments

Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) …

Black-winged stilt

MacLeay’s fig parrots (Cyclopsitta diophthalma macleayana) helping the Coxen’s fig parrot breeding program …

Macleay’s fig parrots

Coxen’s fig parrot recovery program

Squatter pigeons (Geophaps scripta scripta) …

Squatter pigeons

Scaly-breasted lorikeets (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) …

Scaly-breasted lorikeet

Bush thick knee or stone curlew (Burhinus grallarius) …

Bush thick knee

Bush thick knee info board

Pacific baza or crested hawk (Aviceda subcristata) …

Pacific baza

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) with Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa) on top left …

Emu, with Pacific black duck top left

The black duck is probably a wild one taking advantage of the zoo’s facilities. I was astounded that a couple of Chinese tourists from the bus tour were taking photos of the emu by having one pose with it touching and even putting her arms around the emu. You should not do this! I went up to her friend and mimed the emu disembowelling her (it would have been pretty funny if I hadn’t been desperate to get the message across). (It sounded like they were speaking Cantonese but my Cantonese is non-existent these days.) She got the message. Later I told a staffer what had happened and he blanched, but said these emus were pretty used to people, although frisky males have tried to mate with them in the breeding season (!).

Southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) – you don’t hug these either, but this one was protected from humans by being in a large aviary …

Southern cassowary

Cassowary info board

Brolga (Grus rubicunda) …


There was a great playground for kids (and the not-kids, too – I had a zoom down the flying fox), including a slightly creepy spider web climbing frame. It reminded me of the poem by Mary Howitt:

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly

“Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy …”

Spider web climbing frame

Enormous spider over climbing frame

Looking up at that enormous (but comfortingly artificial) arachnid, I had a frisson of fear – imagine being a real fly in that web, with Shelob about to descend. Brrr!

While not on the same scale as Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, this sanctuary is still a satisfying way to see many of our native creatures over an afternoon.

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