RFI Cairns

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Subject: RFI Cairns
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 04:01:38 +0000
I have heard (lots of thanks to a local birder David) that there is a
Rufous Owl that sometimes roosts near the Cairns Convention Centre.
David said in the big mango tree. I couldn't find a mango tree. There
is a very distinctive (fig?) tree in the (NE?) corner near the Cairns
Port Authority building. Is this the tree? It certainly looks suitable.

Does Mangrove Golden Whistler occur in the mangroves near Cairns? The
field guides suggest it comes close, but I can't remember seeing it
near Cairns.

Thanks to David for directions to see Mangrove Robin at the north end
of the Esplanade.

I am showing an American friend around for a week before we go to New
Caledonia. A good trip so far with sensational views of a Southern
Cassowary along the road into Etty Bay (just south of
Innisfail).  Double-eyed Fig Parrots feeding young at their nest hole
near the north end of the Esplanade. Green (formerly Yellow) Orioles
seem to be in big numbers.

How common are honeyeaters such as White-gaped, Rufous-throated,
Bar-breasted, Fuscous and Silver-crowned Friarbird in the area from
Mt Molloy north (say to Mary Farms and Mt Carbine)?  I can't remember
seeing them in that area before? I think I saw them further north than that.

Frank O'Connor                          Birding WA
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