Advice requested: Birding around Cairns

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: Advice requested: Birding around Cairns
From: Jochen Brocks <>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 21:02:14 +1000
Dear List,

I will be in Cairns on the weekend of 23 and 24 August. Can you recommend any particularly fabulous places in easy car-driving distance that I should visit for some good birding?

In particular, what are the best spots now for the Cassowary? I have failed to see it on three occasions - at Mission Beach I heard one running away in a dense forest and only found a still steaming heap of Cassowary dung (or what do you call ratite leftovers?). Thus, the Cassowary has advanced into my top list of most annoying tick-avoider, and I'd walk any distance for it.

If you know someone (or a group) who would not mind dragging a stranger from Canberra along for a twitch, please feel free to forward my message.

If you can help, please send replies directly to my email address (rather than the list).




Jochen J. Brocks
Research School of Earth Sciences
Building 61, Mills Road
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

(w) (+61) 2 6125 7946
(m) 0432 47 0006


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