Far North Queensland sightings

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Subject: Far North Queensland sightings
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 22:09:56 +1000
hi Folks,
3 Little Bitterns at Cairns Croc farm today April 11, a female, a very streaky immature and one other that I didn't see long enough to categorize- all were on pond # 10 on the map handout, amongst large stands of ferns and a a few rushes, not in the main big reed bed where I usually see them. Also a great adult Black Bittern that posed for ages with one leg lowered down a bank beside the pond, 3 White-browed Crakes, a total of 5 Crimson Finches including one picking up a white downy feather, a male Little Bronze-Cuckoo, a single Latham's Snipe, Brown-backed Honeyeaters and a male Leaden Flycatcher ( unusual here). Well worth a look if you in the Cairns area.
Three rather late Pied Imperial-Pigeons in Centenary Park, Cairns April 11, where they've been feeding on some red palm fruits and will no doubt move on when this food source is gone. The Pigeons seem to have gone rather early this year, the bulk shifting out in mid-to late March. Still a few Metallic Starlings about too.
Rufous Fantails appeared back around Cassowary House, Kuranda on April 8, the first of the whistled Bronze-Cuckoo calling type Cicadabirds were on April 11, with 2 seen on April 10 by other birders at Kuranda.
More sightings later
Happy Birding
Phil Gregory Cassowary House, Kuranda
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