Tag: Brisbane

Wildlife

Gallery: Urban birdwatching guide to Brisbane

From the coast to the rainforest-draped hills, Brisbane is a biodiversity hotspot bursting with interesting birdlife. A range of habitats – including dry forest, grasslands, wetlands, and even backyards – supports an impressive number of birds. “We have the benefit of the overlap between the northern tropical birds and the southern birds,” says David Niland from Birds Queensland. “Plus we have a few species that are unique to southeast Queensland and northern NSW, such as the black-breasted button-quail.” The coast of Brisbane is home to a range of marine birds – from your standard pelican to rather more unusual visitors. “Out on the islands you can see the beach stone-curlew,” says David. “From time to time you can see black swans and ducks feeding on the saltwater estuaries too, which is a bit unusual.” It’s tricky to pick just a few species from a total of around 400, but we’ve compiled a list of 20 Brissy birds you might encounter around the city.

History & Culture

Lost photos of Brisbane 120 years ago

Photos found a Brisbane house showing the city at the turn of last century show a rare glimpse into the past. The 100-year-old images were discovered in the suburb of Red Hill. Amateur photographer Alfred Elliott had keenly documented changes in the city over 50 years, from the time he acquired his first camera in 1890. Elliot’s photos include historic events such as royal visits and troops going off to the Boer War in South Africa. Hundreds of glass plates and film negatives were found when the Brisbane Council purchased the house in the early 1980s, where they were stored in cigar boxes. The photos are on display as part of ‘The View From Here‘ exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane, 13 February – 30 August 2015.