New Years Day Birding in Far North Queensland

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Subject: New Years Day Birding in Far North Queensland
From: "Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 17:14:41 +1000
Hi everyone,

Our first bird for 2007 was a Grey Goshawk gliding over the Lodge. Then 
followed a quick trip up to Mt. Lewis which provided the usual higher altitude 
species such as Atherton Scrubwren, Mountain Thornbill and Bowers 
Shrike-thrush. A Satin Bowerbird (M) was a bit of a surprise as we have not 
seen them here for at least 8+ years. A pair of Blue-faced Parrot -Finches 
eventually appeared and were still feeding when we left at 7.30am. They have 
been quite difficult this year on Mt. Lewis.

Back at the Lodge a few more birds were added to our day list. A nearby wetland 
turned up some Magpie Geese and a Black-necked Stork. Abattoir Swamp, 6km from 
the lodge had masses of Melaleuca's flowering attracting, Noisy Friarbird, and 
7 other honeyeaters Yellow-faced, Yellow, White-throated, Brown, Brown-backed, 
Dusky and Scarlet. Lunch out in the dry country at Mt. Carbine had many 
waterbirds on the dam including hundreds of Wandering Whistling-Duck and a pair 
of Green Pygmy-goose. The surrounding dry country included Dollarbird, 
Grey-crowned Babbler, Apostlebird and Cicadabird. Red-winged Parrots and Great 
Bowerbirds were in Mt. Molloy.

It was extremely hot by now so an afternoon siesta was in order! When it had 
cooled down another look around the lodge and surrounds turned up a Brahminy 
Kite on a nest, Pacific Bazas with young, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, 
Noisy Pitta, Fairy Gerygone and a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher. As night fell a 
Masked Owl appeared and Barking Owls called once in the distance. After supper 
the days total of  137 species was finished off with a Papuan Frogmouth. 
Biggest miss of the day was a Brush-turkey which just happened to be the first 
bird we saw today!

A pretty laid back but enjoyable day. Good birding to everyone in 2007.

Keith & Lindsay.

Keith & Lindsay Fisher
Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
Julatten QLD 4871

Ph : (07) 4094 1263
Fax : (07) 4094 1466

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