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Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Whale Watching Season is upon us again and it is expected to be better than last year with 14,000 to 16,000 Humpback Whales to pass by Moreton Island. Whales have already been spotted 100m East off Moreton Island

Whale Watching Moreton Island Brisbane Queensland
Moreton Island provides amazing opportunities to view wildlife. Over 180 species of birds, including seabirds, forest birds and birds of prey, can be seen. Wading birds can be found on the island, especially between September and April when many birds migrate from other countries. Eugaries (pipis) and beach shellfish are particularly abundant, attracting birdlife and fishermen alike. Birds such as the pied oyster-catcher often called a pipi eater are usually seen on the surfside, often in pairs, looking for small sea creatures and pipis. Other birds seen on the beaches are the masked lapwing, eastern curlew, white ibis, pied cormorant, silver gull, crested tern and the pelican. For more on birds viewing see bird watching.

The bandicoot, a few species of bat, and gliders make up most of Moreton's native mammal life. Forty species of reptiles have been recorded on the island including blue-tongued lizards, goannas, bearded dragons, major skinks, various snakes and marine turtles. Moreton Bay supports a large population of Green and Loggerhead Turtles which come to nest on Moreton Island between November and February on the beach.

The island has a rich array of plant communities from stunted heathlands to open eucalypt forests which is a haven for wildlife. Freshwater lakes, creeks and swamps provide havens for frogs and native fish. For panoramic views of the island's plant life and Moreton Bay take a walk up Mount Tempest.

Cape Moreton is a good viewpoint for watching marine life such as humpback whales during their migration from June to November,also dolphins, sharks and turtles. to experience the beauty of these whales, take a tour to see these whales feeding, breaching, splashing their tails and take a leap out of the ocean. The sea grasses are where you will see dugong at the southern end of the island. Walking over the large area of shallow sandy flats at low tide reveals a host of marine life. The area is full of green worms, sea anemones, molluscs and thousands of blue soldier crabs, shellfish and ghost crabs.
Pied Oyster Catcher Moreton Island Brisbane Queensland

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