Far North QLD report

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Subject: Far North QLD report
From: Bernard O'Keefe <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:48:42 +0000
Hi All
I have just returned from a birding trip in Far North QLD over two weeks with 
some exciting birds seen and photographed so I thought I would share this with 
anyone interested.
The main purpose of the trip was a 4 day Iron Range tour with Chook Crawford.
Before departing for the Iron Range, we spent a day around Yungaburra where we 
photographed Red-rumped swallow, Barn swallow, Ruff and nesting Pied monarchs 
provided a great start to the trip.
Next day, we flew out to the Iron Range. The 4 day trip produced great birds 
such as Red-bellied Pitta(the jewel in the crown), Northern Scrub Robin, 
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, nesting Eclectus parrots, nesting Yellow-billed 
Kingfisher, Yellow-legged Flycatcher, Chestnut-breasted cuckoo, Red-cheeked 
parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Frilled-necked monarch, Marbled frogmouth, Green-backed 
HE, Fig Parrot,Tawney-breasted HE, Buff-breasted paradise Kingfisher, Tropical 
scrubwren & White-faced robin. We also saw Trumpet manucode, Magnificant 
riflebird and Black-winged Monarch but I missed the photos on those three 
species(an excuse to go back!). This is just to name a few! We basically got 
all endemics but missed the Spotted Whistling ducks! I cannot recommend a tour 
up there with Chook enough!
Upon returning, we spent time a week around Cairns, Kingfisher park and Ingham 
where we picked up Rufous Owl, Cassowary at two places(Etty bay and Cassowary 
House), Superb fruit Dove, Red-necked crake, Blue-faced parrot Finch, Bush hen, 
Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Chowchilla, Fernwren, Mountain thornbill, Atherton 
scrubwren, White-browed robin, Zitting cisticola and a magnificent spotlighting 
tour with Alan Gillanders around Atherton which produced fantastic views of 
eastern Grass Owl and Lesser Sooty owl.
No wonder Far North QLD is one of David Attenborough’s favourite spots in the 
Regards and I hope you enjoy the report!
Bernie OKeefe

Bernard O'Keefe

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