Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rogers Reserve Footpath Construction Progress

The construction of the O'Brien Road Footpath on the edge of the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve has begun.

These photos show the progress and stages of the construction process.  The Orange tape around the trees on the edge of the reserve is to show the areas in which the footpath will need to be raised over tree roots to ensure they aren't damaged during the footpath construction.

26/11/2014 - O'Brien Road Footpath Construction on the edge of Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

12/11/14 - Construction Begins.
10/11/14 - Orange Bollards in place for the footpath works to begin. 

Flowers of the Lacebark Kurrajong Highfields

These beautiful pink flowers are from the Lacebark Tree (Brachychiton discolor) (Aka Pink Flame Tree)  which is in thw Kurrajoing family.  The large bell shaped flowers form in clusters at the end of the branches of the tree and are then followed by large seed pods. Today when I photographed these flowers, the tree only had a few flowers left on it, with many already fallen to the ground.

This particular tree can be found at the Community Court Entrance of Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields, on the left hand side of the nature trail just after the reserve sign.

For more information on the Lacebark Kurrajoing Tree (Brachychiton discolor) please visit the Toowoomba Plants Blog here...


Flowers on the forest floor from th Lacebark Kurrajoing Tree (Brachychiton discolor) at Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.
A Lacebark Flower still on the tree at the Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

Lacebark Kurrajoing Tree (Brachychiton discolor) Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Native Hibiscus in Bloom at Highfields

This "Native Hibiscus" or "Native Rosella" (Hibiscus heterophyllus) is currently in flower at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.  The flowers are sparse however but it is good to see a touch of spring appearing in these terribly dry times.

This Native Rosella/Hibiscus shrub is a tall open shrub which grows to 6 meters high and has prickly stems. This particular specimen can be found on the outer edge of the reserve on the corner of Polzin Road and O'Brien Road.

This species of Native Hibiscus was first recorded by Allan Cunningham in 1824.  Aboriginals used it for medicinal purposes and created twine and nets from the bark.


Information Source:  Plants of Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve List by Trish Gardener & Mangroves to Mountains - Field Guide to Native Plants of South-east Queensland,

"Native Hibiscus" or "Native Rosella" (Hibiscus heterophyllus) at Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields 06/11/2014

"Native Hibiscus" or "Native Rosella" (Hibiscus heterophyllus)

Un-opened bud of the "Native Hibiscus" or "Native Rosella" (Hibiscus heterophyllus) Highfields.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mossman River Grass removed from Highfields Reserve

The Friends of Rogers Reserve Group worked to remove Mossman River Grass from the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields Recently. This article featured in the High Country Herald tells more about the work to remove this environmental weed. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

SAVE THE DATE -20th- 26th October 2014 for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, 3 Community Court, Highfields.

Take Part in the first ever Australian Backyard Bird Count. Further information to come.  View the official website for more info and for the link for the free app available in October.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September is Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.

The Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields is a diverse biodiversity area. Why not visit this local reserve in the month of September to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer in your own backyard.  September at the Rogers Reserve will start to show Spring at it's finest, you will enjoy the last of the Wattle in flower and the beginning of many flowering native grasses and wildflowers, along with nesting season for many of the beautiful birds that reside within the reserve.

Biodiversity encompasses every living thing that exists on our planet and the environment in which they live. From the smallest one-cell microbe to the enormous majesty of the blue whale. From the depths of the Pacific Ocean to peaks of our tallest mountains, biodiversity forms part of an intricate and interdependent web of life in which we are all a part.

Australia is home to between 600,000 and 700,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. About 84 per cent of our plants, 83 per cent of our mammals, and 45 per cent of our birds are endemic — that is, they are only found in Australia.

Find out how you can do your part to protect biodiversity here...


Rogers Reserve nominated for Environment Award

We are very excited to announce that the Friends of Rogers Reserve has been nominated for an Environmental Award with the Condamine Alliance.

The Group has been nominated for their commitment to educating the public on the environmental significance of the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields, in particular for the informative guided plant tours through the reserve, hosted by plant expert Trish Gardner. Condamine Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to natural resource management in the Condamine catchment. 

We are very honoured to be nominated. Fingers crossed! Finalists are announced on the 12th of September. More information on the awards here...

AWARDS UPDATE - 17th September 2014

While we didn't make the final cut for the Condamine Alliance Awards - we are thrilled to see the Friends of Franke Scrub on the Finalists list! For those of you who don't know much about this area - Franke Scrub is a similar area to the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve and is located on the Western Side of Highfields and is the only other area of remnant bushland vegetation of its size in the local area. The Friends of Franke Scrub have been looking after this area for many years and have had their own wins with Council to save this biodiversity area in the past - the nomination is well deserved! If you would like to find out more about Franke Scrub and it's location please view their blog:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Join our Fauna Survey

Want to get involved and help the Friends of Rogers Reserve, but aren't able to do hands on work such as weeding?  Join in our Fauna Surveys and submit your wildlife sightings from your visits to the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve for our statistics records.

It is easy to get involved and anyone can join in.  Simply record your sightings of birds, marsupials, reptiles, insects and anything that catches your eye during your visits to the reserve and send the records through to us for record-keeping. We have created an excel spreadsheet that you can print or edit on your computer to make recording your wildlife sightings easier to manage.  Many of the common species of wildlife found in the reserve are already listed on the spreadsheet for easy referencing.  Email us at rogersreserve (at) yahoo (dot) (com) dot (au) to request a copy of the file.

Any photographs taken during your visit that you would like to submit for use on this blog will also be greatly appreciated with full credit given.

We recommend also recording any Koala and Echidna sightings within the reserve and in the local area with Koalatracker and Echidna Watch which is managed by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gorgeous Galahs are at home in Highfields Reserve

I happened to spot this beautiful Galah emerging from a large tree hollow in a eucalyptus tree at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.  This hollow was located closer to the Rogers Drive side of the reserve and the Galah was up very high.  The bird happily sat at the entry of its home while I took a few photos.

The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia. The term galah is derived from gilaa, a word found in Yuwaalaraay and neighbouring Aboriginal languages. Also known as the "Rose-breasted Cockatoo", Galah's feed on seeds from the ground and will travel long distances for food. The galah nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually two or five in a clutch. The eggs are incubated for about. 25 days, and both the male and female share the incubation. The chicks leave the nest about 49 days after hatching. Galahs, like all birds in the Cockatoo family form permanant pairs, meaning they mate for life.

(Reference source:,

Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) in natural tree hollow at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

The galah was up so high, I couldn't capture the whole tree in one photo, so this is the top section to show more of the height and size of the tree in which the hollow resides at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Winter Wattles in Bloom at Highfields Bushland Reserve

The beautiful yellow glow of the native flowering acacias in winter have brightened up the dull brown appearance of winter in the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.  The border of the Polzin Road side of the reserve in particular is a glow with this native beauty.  Winter wattle at it's best!

The yellow glow from the winter wattles surrounding the nature trail at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.

The Charles and Motee Rogers Reserve has 4 species of native Wattles (identified so far). They are:
  • Green wattle Acacia irrorata (Butterfly host plant)
  • Maiden’s wattle Acacia maidenii (Butterfly host plant)
  • Oleander leaf wattle Acacia neriifolia (Butterfly host plant)
  • Fringed wattle Acacia fimbriata

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lantana Removal at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

We had a good turn-up for volunteers today at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve. Today extensive removal of dead lantana and asparagus weed was performed with good results. Thanks to the extra volunteers today who were a real blessing.  

What is left of the large dead lantana bushes - now reduced to mulch thanks to the hard work of the volunteers today.

Tubers and roots of the Basket Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri') an Environmental Weed removed today.
"Basket asparagus fern is native to Africa and is one of the most significant garden escapees invading our coastline. It is known as ground asparagus or simply asparagus fern and has been found to be a problem along the entire coast.  Basket asparagus fern is a Class 3 declared pest plant under Queensland legislation and a Weed of National Significance."  More information at DAFF (Qld Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry)

Wayne spotted these large scratch marks on a smooth section of a gum tree at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve today.  They are possibly either from a Possum or a Glider.

The Friends of Rogers Reserve Group meets on the third Friday of the month and welcome any new attendees. 

We all had our eyes open but didn't spot the resident koala on this occasion, but enjoyed watching a pair of Little Corellas come and go from a large tree hollow at the front of the reserve.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Koala at Rogers Reserve Highfields 12th August 2014

We are very excited to report that a healthy Koala was witnessed resting in a large gum tree by the Highfields Library Staff yesterday (12th August 2014). They took photos on their phones and recorded the sighting with the Save The Koala mapping database for good measure. 

Koalas move around quite a lot and can cover a wide area in search of feed trees, so this chance sighting at the Reserve is a real positive. Koalas are currently listed as vulnerable in Queensland as there are major concerns with koala habitat loss. 

A big shout-out & thanks to Cate and the library staff for recording the sighting by taking photographs and for letting us know and allowing us to share her photos.

Koala resting in Gum Tree near Highfields Library at Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields, 12/08/14. iphone Image © CATE COOL 12/08/14

Koala resting in Gum Tree near Highfields Library at Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields, 12/08/14. iphone Image © CATE COOL 12/08/14

If you happen to see a Koala at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve please contact us immediately so that it can be photographed with a geo-referencing camera for accurate recording of the sighting and so that it can also be assessed by local Koala experts to ensure that it is in a healthy condition.

It is a great day when I get to share such exciting news.  

You can share Koala sightings for recording from any location in Australia to and also at  and do your part to ensure that the locations and habitats in which koalas reside are recorded accurately to ensure their survival. 

Judi Gray 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful Birds and Flora at Highfields Reserve by Tracie Louise Photography.

Photographer Tracie Louise, has again visited the Charles and Motee Rogers bushland reserve and has allowed us to share some of her beautiful photos of the birds and flora that she photographed.  We love seeing her photos and really appreciate her sharing what catches her eye when she takes a walk on the nature trail.  Thank you Tracie.  You can view Tracie's website here and follow her on facebook.

Beautiful Wattles in Flower by Tracie Louise Photography at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Female Australian King Parrot by Tracie Louise Photography at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Laughing Kookaburra by Tracie Louise Photography at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Common Bronzewing by Tracie Louise Photography at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Tracie even makes the weeds look good!  by Tracie Louise Photography at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friends Brave the Cold at Reserve Working Bee

5 brave souls turned up for a working-bee at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve yesterday - braving the cold and icy winds. Gale force winds lashed the Toowoomba Region with the Toowoomba Chronicle reporting strong winds as fast as 69 kmh. The south westerly gusts also brought the temperature in Toowoomba down to below 0 degrees for most of the day. The committed team managed to find a place in the sun, within the reserve to escape the wind, performing further weed removal within the reserve. Their efforts were followed with morning-tea and a catch-up at the Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre next door.

The next Friends Group Meet will be on Friday 15th August, meeting at 9.00am at the front of the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve on Community Court, Highfields.

Rogers Rainforest Walk by Tracie Louise Photography

Rainforest Walk at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve - Guest Post by Tracie Louise Photography.

One thing I am very conscious of when exploring our countries natural beauty is to remember to look at the small things. It's easy to be impressed by tall majestic trees and bird filled canopies, but it's the tiny things that can have such a big impact.

Recently I visited a small pocket of Rainforest (Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve) just 5 minutes from home, with a 30 minute walking track through it. I decided to go for a walk through there right after last nights rain, and it made for some pretty effects as the morning sun came out.

This photo below is taken in macro of a spider. I was walking through the reserve with my 500mm lens on, hoping to do some bird spotting, however I didn't see any after the rain, and the only other thing a 500mm lens is good for is macro at long distance. There were a surprising amount of spiders there considering how wet it was the day I was there.

Spider at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields by Tracie Louise Photography

 Each time I drive past the reserve I am in awe of the beauty of the trees.  I simple adore nature and am passionate about helping to preserve it. "Drop of Dew" featured below, is one of my favourite images, it is actually used on my business card.

"Drop of Dew" by Tracie Louise Photography
I very much look forward to seeing what else I can capture during my next visit to this wonderful little pocket of rainforest. I look forward to assisting the Friends of Rogers Reserve with their conservation efforts - this kind of work is what I live for.

All images in this post were Shot with Nikon D7100, 500mm lens at Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields, Queensland, Australia. by Tracie Louise Photography.

A photographic print of a  "Drop of Dew" by Tracie Louise Photography is available to purchase from Red Bubble here...

View the Tracie Louise Photography Website here: and follow on Facebook here:

Linking with I Heart Macro - 21/07/14

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gould's Wattled Bat found at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve Highfields

A small bat specimen was found on a cold windy Sunday, 6th July 2014 about 2pm under the big tree near the Rogers Drive entrance to the Charles and Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields by Greg Lukes.  Greg reports that it had rained 1.6mm on the Saturday 5th then was a cold windy day on the Sunday 6th. Greg collected the specimen and passed it on to Rod Hobson (Resource Ranger, South West Region, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Department of National Parks) for identification.

Rod kindly had a look at the bat specimen and has informed Greg that it is in fact a Gould’s Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldii) (adult female), FA 43.63 mm. The specemin was retained for the Queensland Museum’s reference collection and Rod also put the record on their database, WildNet. Greg has been credited with the record in both instances. Well done Greg!

Many thanks to Rod Hobson for his expertise in identifying this bat and to Greg Lukes for finding it, and passing it on to Rod for positive identification.  (Photo to come)

Gould's Watled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldii) is named after the English Naturalist John Gould. They live in small colonies of up to 30 and can be found in tree hollows. They are one of the most common bats in south-eastern Australia. They can travel more than 10km from their roost when foraging for insects at night. They diet is varied and can include moths, cockroaches, stoneflies, crickets, cicada and many other flying and non flying insects. They have a swift and direct flight battern, but when feeding the bat circles and dives. The main predators and threats to the Gould's Wattled Bat are Cats, carpet pythons, goannas, hawks, owls and butcherbirds, Loss of tree hollows and wildfire.

(Information Sources: Greg Lukes, Rod Hobson - Resource Ranger, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, Wildlife of Greater Brisbane by Queensland Museum,


Friday, July 11, 2014

Proposal for 4 Lane Road Widening for O'Brien Rd Highfields.

The High Country News, Highfields has made mention of the recently discussed proposal for 4 lane road widening for O'Brien Road at Highfields in their newspaper article titled "Business hears of plans for future development"  reported by Miles Noller, published on 8th of July 2014. (see below).

The article mentions many future changes for Highfields that were discussed at a recent meeting of the Highfields and District Business Connections Group last week.

Specifically, the mentioning of the proposal to widen O'Brien Road at Highfields to four lanes to cope with the growth of the town and the planned town centre which will be located  close by.  This mention of the road widening proposal has stood out as an area of major concern for the fate of the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.  I have personally contacted Cr Bill Cahill regarding this newspaper article and asked for copies of the plans that were shown at the meeting, to which he attended. I have expressed that while I understood that the Toowoomba Regional Council needs to plan infrastructure to cope with the high-growth of the Highfields area, I believe that none of the last patch of remnant bushland in the centre of Highfields (Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve) should be sacrificed for such plans.

In High Country Herald Newspaper (18th March 2014 Edition), journalist Miles Noller confirmed plans for future road widening on O'Brien Road to four lanes for the future.  Based on the a news report the rumored road widening for O'Brien Road, Highfields to 4 lanes, (which would result in mass tree-clearing and land loss within the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve), is something that was planned to occur within 10 years as advised by Mike Brady, General Manager Infrastructure Services Group, TRC. Read the 18th March 2014 Article Here...

I will update this post once I have received a response from Cr Cahill and further information about the mentioned road widening proposal.

Full Newspaper featuring this article can be viewed online here.

J Gray.

"Business hears of plans for future development"  reported by Miles Noller, published on 8th of July 2014.  Featuring mention of the proposal to widen O'Brien Road to 4 Lanes. See Highlighted Sections.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Long Billed Corella at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

These photos were taken of a lone Long-Billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) high in a large eucalyptus tree at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve last month (20th June 2014).  Long-Billed Corella's are normally found in the extreme south-east of Australia, from south-eastern South Australia through western Victoria, to southern New South Wales. However, these short-crested birds have established populations in other parts of eastern Australia, including Highfields, predominantly in the Reis Road vicinity.  Some may confuse the Long-Billed Corella with the similar Little Corella which is locally common, however they can be distinguished easily by the long, slim upper bill and the bright orange and red patches around the birds bill and on the upper chest.

Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields - 20/06/14

The Toowoomba Bird Observers Club have been keeping records about the Highfields, Reis Road, Long-Billed Corella population for some years (which are suspected to have begun from escaped avian pets) and started looking into this further from August 2006, requesting photographs and submissions of  "rare-bird reports" for records of sightings in the Highfields area, to confirm once and for-all if the local species of Long-Billed Corella's were "ridgy-didge" and not cross hybrids as some suspected.  Since this research has begun, the Long-Billed Corella has been added to the local area bird list by the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club.

Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris)

Looking back on our own records, 3 Long-Billed Corellas were witnessed within the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reseve at 5.30pm on the 19th of September 2006, resulting in  rare bird report being submitted for this sighting to the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club.  (See past photographs from December 2011 and our own personal sightings of the Long-Billed Corella in the Highfields area here.)

The preferred habitat of the Long-Billed Corella is grassy woodlands and grasslands, and including parks in urban areas.  Nests are made in the hollows of large old eucalyptus trees and eggs are laid on a lining of decaying wood. Long-billed Corellas form monogamous pairs and both parents prepare the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young.

With thanks to Mick Atzeni from the Toowoomba Bird Observers Club for supplying the historical information for this blog post.


(INFORMATON SOURCES:  Mick Atzeni - Toowoomba Bird Observers Club,, )

Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris)

Joining with Wild Bird Wednesday - 9th July 2014.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A walk through the Reserve after the rain 20/06/14

Pair of Galah's perched in the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.
Female Golden Whistler (thanks to Mick Atzeni from the Toowoomba Bird Observers for assisting with the identification of this bird)

Nature is beautiful at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve

Juvenile Australian King Parrot

Long-Billed Corella

Common Grass-Yellow Butterfly on a Tape Vine

Native Tape Vine Fruits