Tony Wellington

Tony Wellington
Former Mayor of Noosa, author, photographer, artist, film-maker, lecturer, musician, social commentator and environmentalist.

The unforeseen koalas of Noosa

In 2015, the State Government came up with its koala population modelling for SEQ. Based on visual surveys of 26 sites across the Noosa Shire, using transects across 1,535 hectares, they were able to locate just seven koalas. Since that

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Meet this local tree hollow resident

Squirrel Gliders bear no relationship to squirrels other than both animals having bushy tails. Of course, there are no native squirrels in Australia, although attempts were once made to introduce them a century or so back by muddle-headed acclimatisation societies. 

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Learning from our prankish parrots

We are lucky to have so many varieties of parrot on our doorstep: from large birds such as Sulphur-Crested, Yellow-tailed Black and threatened Glossy Black Cockatoos, to smaller versions like Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets. In-between we have Galahs, Little Corellas,

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The pocket oasis

Have you ever seen the delightful face of a Short-eared Brushtail Possum peeking out of its hidey-hole in an arboreal termite mound?

How about a Platypus surfacing to grind up its catch? Or a Red-browed Finch leaping up and down on the spot with a flower in its beak (it’s called a stem display, performed to attract the opposite sex)?

All of this and much more has greeted me on frequent visits to one very small patch of Noosa Shire.

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Our spectacular Rainbow Bee-eater

Parrots are the birds that we mostly associate with bright, multi-coloured plumage. But the Rainbow Bee-eater is just as spectacular as many parrots. Rainbow Bee-eaters are most often seen on power lines and posts, from where they keep an eye

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The unforeseen koalas of Noosa

In 2015, the State Government came up with its koala population modelling for SEQ. Based on visual surveys of 26 sites across the Noosa Shire, using transects across 1,535 hectares, they were able to locate just seven koalas. Since that

Read More »

Meet this local tree hollow resident

Squirrel Gliders bear no relationship to squirrels other than both animals having bushy tails. Of course, there are no native squirrels in Australia, although attempts were once made to introduce them a century or so back by muddle-headed acclimatisation societies. 

Read More »

Learning from our prankish parrots

We are lucky to have so many varieties of parrot on our doorstep: from large birds such as Sulphur-Crested, Yellow-tailed Black and threatened Glossy Black Cockatoos, to smaller versions like Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets. In-between we have Galahs, Little Corellas,

Read More »

The pocket oasis

Have you ever seen the delightful face of a Short-eared Brushtail Possum peeking out of its hidey-hole in an arboreal termite mound?

How about a Platypus surfacing to grind up its catch? Or a Red-browed Finch leaping up and down on the spot with a flower in its beak (it’s called a stem display, performed to attract the opposite sex)?

All of this and much more has greeted me on frequent visits to one very small patch of Noosa Shire.

Read More »

Our spectacular Rainbow Bee-eater

Parrots are the birds that we mostly associate with bright, multi-coloured plumage. But the Rainbow Bee-eater is just as spectacular as many parrots. Rainbow Bee-eaters are most often seen on power lines and posts, from where they keep an eye

Read More »