"Lisa Tanner" <>
Sat, 25 Oct 2008 07:20:23 +1000
Double-eyed Fig-parrots are actually very common in Cairns. But it may seem
like they are impossible to film due to their speed.
The good news is that once they stop to feed they can be remarkably tame and
easy to film. The obvious trick is to find a fruiting fig tree. As fruits come
and go this situation is constantly changing so there is no reliable location.
I have seen them feeding a few meters away in the large Benjamina Figs in the
park in front of the Pier Marketplace and also feeding on small Sandpaper Figs
beside the rest hut at the top of the Red Arrow walk beside the Botanical
Gardens. A few weeks ago there were about 12 feeding in the Benjamina beside
our deck in Gordonvale but this has now stopped fruiting.
When they stop to feed they are particulary hard to spot and look exactly like
leaves. Listen out for a clicking noise.
Unfortunately I can't give you the location of a particular tree. So in actual
fact I am no help at all. Your best bet is to walk around the Centenary Lakes
and Botanical Gardens looking for figs.
To have a look at one feeding on the Sandpaper Figs beside the Red Arrow rest
hut please click on:
Lisa Tanner & Dominic Chaplin
PO Box 208
Bungalow QLD 4870
Tel 0419 028 077 Fax 07 4051 4896
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