Jacaranda Flowers at Maleny Country Cottages
Jacaranda trees are an amazing sight during the months of October and November. And Jacaranda flowers at Maleny Country Cottages are a treat for our resident wallabies.
These Red-Necked Wallabies munch on the sweet flowers that fall to the ground all day long. As a result, there are not many flowers on the ground by the end of the day. So, we miss out on seeing that beautiful mirror effect on the ground from all the fallen flowers.
Our Jacaranda tree welcomes guests arriving at Reception.
There are many creatures in nature who are masters of camouflage and one of these is the Tawny Frogmouth. They are nocturnal birds so during the day they are seen perched on tree branches, usually down low, camouflaged as part of the tree.
These photos show our hand-reared, resident Tawny Frogmouths, Baby and Hoot with their two surviving fledglings on the edge of our busy main driveway. This dead tree they picked was quite low, making it easy to take a couple of photos with my iPad.
The tawny at the bottom is Baby with Hoot just above him on the right. The close-up photo actually has three tawnies in the picture; the top-half of Hoot at the centre-bottom.
Our two hand-reared Tawny Frogmouths, Baby and Hoot, have become parents again and, as last year, have had a brood of three. This time, perched high in a large gum tree which has made observing them, a little harder as well as trying to take photos of them with my iPad.
The male Tawny Frogmouth, Baby, sits on the nest all day long and cares for the two smaller chicks while mum, Hoot, takes her firstborn out for a little flying lesson.
Many thanks to photographer, Geoff Saunders who took a few shots for us.
We are always excited to sight koalas on our property at Maleny Country Cottages.
This one in particular was spotted high up in a gum tree when he decided to go and find himself another tree.
He didn’t seem disturbed by our presence, a little bit curious but then just carried on as if we were not there.
In June, 2016 Bottlebrush Cottage received its long-awaited bathroom renovation and internal painting. This family cottage is very popular with our guests and its been a challenge to plan and execute these improvements in between bookings.
New linen and winter quilt covers have replaced the old and a new colour scheme brings warmth and softness to the bedrooms whilst the refurbished bathroom
boasts a new double corner spa bath and double basins.
At present, the exterior of the cottage is receiving attention as fly screens are in the process of being replaced, the front door has had a fresh coat of paint and the walls are showing off their renewed ‘Sage Green’ colour.
We hope that our guests enjoy all the changes and improvements in Bottlebrush Cottage and, with the ambience of the property gives them an even more pleasurable experience with the native wildlife and flora at Maleny Country Cottages.
Painters were John McGrath and daughter, Bianca from Glass House Mountains with Josh Moore from Amber Woodworking providing the required bathroom skills.
Many thanks to John, Bianca and Josh for working diligently to schedule.
When your home is surrounded by the Australian bush, you experience many things; challenges and pleasures, and nothing is more rewarding than rescuing one of our natives.
This Feather-tail Glider ventured into one of our cottages and got his tiny claws caught on a mat. We don’t know how long he was there but, when Claude freed him from his bondage, he was too weak to run away. We coaxed him to drink some water from the tip of my finger and it wasn’t long before his almost transparent minuscule tongue lapped up many droplets of water. We then placed him in a safe spot under the cottage to recover and coming back to check on him a few hours later, he was no longer there and we’d like to think that he gratefully returned home to his family.
Feather-tail Gliders are the smallest gliding marsupials in the world, having a unique quill-like tail that is hairless except for a fringe of long stiff hairs down either side that resembles a feather. Their body and tail length can be up to 80mm each and weighing 10-15 grams. They spend up to 87% of their time in trees at heights greater than 15m so they are the rarest seen of all the glider species and, despite its size, the Feather-tail Glider is capable of gliding up to 25m. They have the ability to run up vertical panes of glass and have great skill moving around trunks and branches of smooth bark gum trees.
I have enjoyed another wonderful four days in my ‘home away from home’. Love everything – can’t wait to get back. I shall miss the tawny babies in the tree outside and the demanding mother magpies feeding their young. It certainly is a beautiful part of the world. See you soon.
Judy Payne, Flinders View, Queensland.
It’s always exciting when a young family welcomes it’s first born and that has been the case at Maleny Country Cottages. Two of our fledglings, Baby & Hoot, that we rescued in October, 2013, became an item from the very beginning during their months in care. When old enough to leave our ‘nest’, they decided to stick around on the property near my work sheds and to my pleasure, I was able to keep a watchful eye on them.
This winter of 2015, they went missing. Did a python outsmart them? Did they move on? Then, one morning, Claude was working around Bottlebrush Cottage and, high up in a gum tree was the smallest of nests with a male Tawny Frogmouth and it’s three little ones. It was not just any Tawny Frogmouth, it was Baby who, two years before was almost put to sleep due to a neurological disorder. He was put on a high protein diet and recovered extremely well after many months of diligent care.
Baby & Hoot are now a beautiful family of five and even though they were reared by humans, they have not lost any of their natural instinct to care for their own. They are very loyal and devoted parents and their fledglings are growing up healthy and secure.
We had a wonderful time again in Bottlebrush Cottage with the kids. Your property is, without a doubt, my favourite place in the whole world and I thank you for sharing it with us. The boys enjoyed the wide open space and country experience. I grew up in the country and miss it immensely so I was very happy to visit your property again. It is always so clean and tidy…you are most accommodating.
Julie Brookes, Buderim, Queensland.
If it is peace you are searching for – this is the place to discover. Simply look outside, breathe the fresh air! A wonderful getaway and something we will definitely have to experience again – we’ll be back.
– Dean, Joanne & Sheridan Kelly, Brisbane