BA-NQG Field Trip

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Subject: BA-NQG Field Trip
From: "Keith and Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 07:53:06 +1000
Birds Australia-North Queensland Group (BA-NQG) had their annual field trip to
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge at Julatten 16 35 43S 145 20 27E (northern
end of the Atherton Tableland) over the Australia Day weekend. Mt. Lewis which
is just up the road provided it's usual good birding with up to 40 Blue-faced
Parrot-Finches including a nest 120 ft. up a tree. Golden Bowerbirds were seen
by some (yes they are still there!), Tooth-billed Bowerbirds were actively
calling and a Cassowary was heard grunting as it took off through the
rainforest. Other birds included Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Atherton Scrubwren,
Chowchilla, Victoria's Riflebird & Bassian Thrush. The woodland country provided
plenty of birds including Squatter Pigeon, Lovely Fairy-wren, White-browed
Robin, Yellow-breasted Boatbill and Northern Fantail. Kingfisher Park had it's
usual good birding with Red-necked Crakes who had 3 chicks getting under our
feet! Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfishers feeding young as was a Noisy Pitta and
Ron provided his legendary hospitality. Lloyd Nielsen provided some evening
entertainment with tales of his early days birding  in the 50's and 60's - days
when birdos were strange people (has that changed!) and the nearest birdo was
200 miles away. Lloyd also showed some excellent slides. All up a great weekend
with a bird tally of at least 153 species.

Keith & Lindsay.

Keith & Lindsay Fisher
PO Box 2209,   Cairns (16° 55' 40" S  145° 46' 35" E)
Far North QLD 4870 Australia

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