Recent bird sightings in Far North Queensland

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Subject: Recent bird sightings in Far North Queensland
From: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge <>
Date: Fri, 01 May 2009 14:08:49 +1000
Hi Folks,
This time of year is one of change in the "Wet Tropics" of North Queensland with migrant species departing and arriving. Our last sighting around Kingfisher Park of a Buff-breasted Paradise -Kingfisher was of a juvenile on 28th April, the adult birds had left about 10 days before. Winter visitors which have arrived over the last week include White-headed Pigeon, Grey Fantail and Bassian Thrush. Summer (Wet Season) visitors still present include Black - faced Monarch and Cicadabird which is still calling, both these species have usually left by now and Cicadabirds have usually stopped calling. Raptors have built up in species numbers with Brown Falcon, Pacific Baza and Brahminy Kite turning up during the week to add to breeding Whistling Kite and increased Black Kite numbers. A Square-tailed Kite was also reported nearby. Blue-faced Parrot-Finches are still on Mt. Lewis but there have been several reports from local areas in Julatten at lower altitudes. The Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo reported by Phil Gregory last week disappeared for a week before returning for a few days, one was also seen on the lower slopes of Mt. Lewis (2km away) on 25th April. These Chestnut-breasted Cuckoos are part of a small population in the Julatten area (normally found further north on Cape York and into Papua New Guinea) which are found on the lower slopes of Mt. Lewis across to Mowbray National Park, there has also been occasional reports from further south on the Atherton Tableland with one confirmed at Lake Eacham when it flew into a house. The Laughing Gull is still being reported from the Cairns Esplanade (29-4-09) Follow local sightings in the Julatten area on our blog

Keith & Lindsay Fisher.

RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
Julatten, Far North Queensland


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