Birdline North Queensland
Published sightings for the week ending 1 Sep 2013.
|Sun 1 Sep
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
(2) Payet's Tower
|Sat 31 Aug
As part of Cairns Festival week, the Cairns Bird Club holds a 24 hour competitive bird count. The area surveyed is within one days reach of Cairns, commonly Port Douglas to Innisfail, coastal and west to the Atherton Tablelands. This list represents 1 team of 3 observers.
The Atherton Tablelands is currently very active with raptors. Approximately 5 kilometers east of Tolga, we stopped to observe a Spotted Harrier over pasture. A tower of raptors was then spotted nearby. At the top, a Wedge-tailed Eagle, then lower down a Brown Goshawk, a Brown Falcon, 10 + Black Kite, and a single Red Goshawk. Within 10 minutes travel, the two Black Falcons were located in a loose aggregation of Black Kite.
|Fri 30 Aug
||Freckled Duck (6)
Hasties Swamp National Park
Now six birds near hide, including one apparently young bird with paler and browner colour, especially on underparts.
|Thu 29 Aug
Brady Road Swamp, Mareeba
Two Black Falcon perched and then cruising over a grass fire, which also attracted many kites.
|Sat 17 Aug
Mehmet Rd, Kairi, Atherton Tablelands
Two Black Falcon in the air above a freshly-cut hay paddock, with 15 Brown Falcon also present, mainly perched on hay bales. The Black Falcon were harassing each other and the many Black Kite also in the air.
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