birding-aus Redden Island - Cairns QLD Info.

To: " edu. au" <>
Subject: birding-aus Redden Island - Cairns QLD Info.
From: "Keith and Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 22:22:17 +1000
Hi all,
As part of regular surveys to Redden Island (16 51 32S  145 45 27E) I visited 
it today with Fred Van
Gessel and Brian Chaffey. Redden Island is situated at Machans Beach, just 
north of Cairns Airport
adjacent to Barron River and is accessed via a road bridge over Redden Creek. 
The Cairns Port
Authority own 68ha which is nearly all the island, and have fenced and cleaned 
out truck loads of
rubbish from it. There are walking tracks and no access restrictions.
The habitat is diverse with at least 12 habitat types in this small area - 
woodland, rainforest
riverine and mangroves are a few. Surveys had turned up 132 species over 4 
years. The visit today
turned up 3 new species - Azure Kingfisher, Great Bowerbird - which was a great 
surprise as I know
of no other records in Cairns (correct me if I'm wrong), they are usually found 
up on the Atherton
Tablelands in the drier country north of Mareeba. The other bird was a 
Torresian Crow again an
unusual bird for Cairns. We also saw a Buff-banded Paradise Kingfisher in the 
mangroves, unusual
habitat and a least 20 Dollarbirds, again unusual to see such numbers on the 
coast here. Other
interesting sightings seen here previously include Great-billed Heron, Ruff, 
Double-banded Plover,
Red-winged Parrot and Little Kingfisher. Its also a reliable spot for Collared 
Kingfisher and
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. A visit to Cairns should include this area as it is 
close to the city,
15min and has a very diverse habitat in a small area. If anyone wants the full 
species list (135) I
can email it out as a word attachment.

Keith Fisher
PO Box 2209, Cairns QLD 4870


To unsubscribe from this list, please send a message to

Include ONLY "unsubscribe birding-aus" in the message body (without the

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • birding-aus Redden Island - Cairns QLD Info., Keith and Lindsay Fisher <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU