Queensland wildlife includes some that are quite well known, and some not so common. There are a number of Australian animals that live in the countryside west of Brisbane.
As well there are many birds and animals living in the coastal areas that surround Brisbane. Most of the Australian people, birds and Australian animals live on or near the coast.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent, which makes it great for vacations, but not so great for wildlife, except for lizards or
people who live there.
Droughts are common and the centre of the continent is a desert. The coast is beautifully green with golden sands. Starting at the coast, there are dolphins cruising along just offshore, and you can see them in the photo below.
Moreton Bay is a
great place for dolphin and whale watching.
© Chauncey Davis | Flickr - Dolphins in the Wild
The city of Brisbane is upriver from the coast, but its boundaries extend out as far as Moreton Bay, which is only about 45 minutes from the city centre.
Not far from the dolphins, you might be lucky enough to see a sea turtle.
Turtles are one of the creatures people look for when they go diving and in Australia, but it will take luck for you to see one as these beautiful creatures are on the endangered species list.
Even though when you see them walking on land they look quite clumsy, these creatures are surprisingly graceful when seen swimming in the water. They are harmless, and therefore you can feel quite relaxed when you meet one when you're thirty feet under.
© Nicolo Bonazzi | Flickr - Green Sea Turtle
Still at the beach, but this time near Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, we saw the pelican in the photo below, hovering around the many picnickers and anglers hoping for scraps.
They're quite large seabirds, but are not as pushy as the ibis, which is just as well considering their size, as they're often about when you're at the beach.
They are one of the most beautiful and graceful creatures you will see, and you will be delighted when you see one take wing and soar above the land, as they are quite lovely to watch.
Pelicans are one of the more prolific varieties of Queensland wildlife and they live all along the Queensland coast, and they are particularly noticeable where there are people fishing. Fish is their favorite food so they hang close in the hope of feasting on any discarded bait or fish that are too small to take home.
The spoonbill in the photo below, was wandering on the beach at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. It was amusing to see him glaring at seagulls while looking for food. There's a lot to be said for human evolution and civilization, not the least of which is regular cooked meals.
Spoonbills are also seen in fields, presumably picking up seeds or small animals.
Another flying creature you'll see a lot of in south-eastern Queensland around dusk, and one that the community are quite divided about, is the fruit bat or flying fox.
Generally there are a group of people who love them and are working to ensure their survival, but there is also a large number of people who find this particular species of Queensland wildlife variety quite annoying. Anyone who has a fruit tree with ripe fruit on it has to make sure they cover the fruit well, as the bats come down at night to raid the trees.
The other thing many people find irritating is that they also defecate, anywhere, so the bats can make quite a mess. If your car is parked outside, its best to cover it, or see if you can move it undercover if you are staying in an area that has fruit trees.
As we leave the seaside area, the wildlife grows more colorful and none more so than parrots and lorikeets. If you enjoyed these photos, you'll probably want to visit our pages about the Brisbane Wildlife, kangaroo pictures and learn about Brisbane Birds.
You may also want to visit our article on Lamington National Park, which also includes more pictures of Queensland wildlife.