North Queensland

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Subject: North Queensland
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 06:42:55 +1000
I have just been on a (very) rushed trip to North Queensland.  It was not a
birding trip and consisted of covering 4400 kms in under a week while towing
a caravan.  About the only birds were those seen through the windscreen of
the car at high speed or at caravan parks.

The personal nature of the trip meant that I spent a few days at Mt Garnet,
west of the Atherton Tablelands.  I only had time to spend an hour or so
looking around the area.  We went up through the inland and returned to the
Gold Coast down the coastal route.

Some of the birds of interest were:

Only three emus seen on the whole trip.  This was matched by the number of
Bustards.  At Mount Garnet water storage there were two Radjah Shelducks
which appear to be rare in the area.  At the racecourse, there were three
Banded Lapwings.  This is a long way north of the accepted range.  At a
caravan park just north of Proserpine, the creek edge and trees in the park
contained a large population of White-gaped Honeyeaters.  This must just
about be the southern limit of this species.

Feeding on the same road kill north of Bowen, there were two Brown Falcons,
a Black Kite and a Brahminy Kite.  The Brahminy was on the bitumen feeding
with the other three.   I do not have access to HANZAB and wonder if it is
usual for these sea-eagles to feed on road kills.

Terry Pacey

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