birding-aus Spring in North Queensland

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From: "Ian Clayton" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 02:27:17 +1000
Hi All
Some good news from Paluma (Village In The Mist) a Cassowary was seen last week near the old dump turn off, this is one of several reported sightings of Cassowary in the Paluma area over recent months.  
In regard to spring there has been a marked increase in the amount of decoration and maintenance work at the three Golden Bowerbird bowers that I visit regularly.  Two weeks ago the bowers had a lot of dead leaves in and around them and very little and mostly old decorations. They are now clear of dead leaves with a fresh supply of decorations.   The birds are not easy to see at this time of year but this  should improve as the weather warms up and they start to call and display again.  
On the reptile scene I had to stop on my way down the Paluma Range road and remove a  2 metre Black-headed Python from the road last Friday.   I guess he/she was soaking up the warmth from the bitumen and yesterday I did the same with a Scrub Python on the western slopes of the Paluma Range just a couple of minutes before a large gravel truck came thundering past this one must have nine lives,  it was back in the same spot on our return the second time I took it well into the bush.
Yesterday we had excellent views of 2 or 3 Platypus at Hidden Valley 25 klm west of Paluma along with good views of Fuscous Honeyeater, Restless Flycatcher, Darter and Australasian Grebe all at the same time in the same pool.
On the wader front  we saw Wimbrel and Eastern Curlew at Toomulla Beach to the North of Townsville for the first time this season yesterday, but its still not warm enough for the Currawongs to return to the mountains, they only come down to the northern beaches in the cooler months.
Ian Clayton
Birds & Bush Tours
PO Box 6037, TMC, Townsville, Qld, Australia.     4810
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To a man ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded, so
that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly
trees, as they watch for birds.
Gore Vidal

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