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Photographing an Australian King Parrot , Bunya Mts, Queensland, Australia.   //   Australian King Parrot - Psittacidae: Alisterus scapularis. Length to 43cm, wingspan to XXcm, weight to 210g. Found in tropical and temperate rain forests, woodland and suburban areas  on the east coast of Australia from Cooktown in Queensland, to Otway Range in Victoria. Immature birds have plumage similar to the female - green head and neck, remainder duller than male. Solitary or in small groups. IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern.  / Bunya Mountains National Park was declared Queensland's second National Park in 1908 - an outlier of the Great Dividing Range rising to 1100m (3500 feet), some 200km (3 hours drive) north-west of Brisbane, with plentiful accommodation in bungalows and chalets.  Cool in winter (mid-year), pleasant in summer (Christmas period), with abundant wildlife, plants and scenery appealing especially to naturalists and photographers. The peaks are covered in damp rainforests, with unique range-top grasslands known as 'Balds'and waterfalls through the forests. The world's largest stand of Bunya Pines Araucaria bidwilli (also known as False Monkey Puzzle Tree) occurs here. Habitats include wet mesophyll forest, sub-tropical rainforest, vine-thickets, dry sclerophyll eucalyptus forest, and high grasslands. 11700Ha (26000 acres) in area, with wildlife highlights including the Black-breasted Button-quail, Green Catbirds, Paradise Riflebirds (one of Australia's three Birds of Paradise), plentiful Rufous-necked Wallabies, and Great Barred Frogs.   /   Bunya Pine - Araucariaceae: Araucaria bidwilli. Height to 35m, DBH to 3m, age to 500years. Relict populations and individual trees occur throughout sub-tropical Qld.  //  Dr Eric Lindgren  //