RFI Cape York

Subject: RFI Cape York
From: "Fiona Anderson" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 11:57:16 +1100
Hi Tim,

Personally I wouldn't be going up Caoe York in the wet season - that is asssuming you could even get there other than by air. Most of the rivers are that time of year will be impassable.

But I agree it is the time to go there if you want to see the PNG migrants, like the Red-bellied Pitta.

My strong recommendation is the you go with Kirrama Tours ( to Bird Week in the first week of January when you will have an excellent chance of seeing all those "difficult to get" birds. Alternatively there is a tour to Iron Range in December. I have been on both tours and would highly recommend both. But at that time of year, both tours have to fly in and out.

Happy Birding,



From: "Tim Jones" <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI Cape York
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 10:00:19 +0000

Dear Everyone,

My 16 year old son, Simon and I are thinking of doing a CY trip in the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas 2007.

Looking at the correspondence on Birding-Aus, not many trip reports have been logged, suggesting not many people venture there (or maybe they just don't come back!). However, we are determined to go, and pick up as many of the specialities we can. We may be joined by a friend from the UK.

My guess is:

1. There aren't that many places to stay on a route which is designed about the finding of birds, so at least some of the time has to be spent camping.

2. Therefore most people who do a trip there arrange it with a guide with local expertise.

Can anyone who has experience of this please let me know how they went about it, where to see the specialities, and if it is unwise to do the trip 'solo', who the best guides for such a trip would be? Please note this will be a serious attempt to pick up as many of the specialities as we can. We have visited Cairns and environs, and only 'need' a few species from those areas such as Blue-faced Parrot Finches, Great-billed Heron and 2 or 3 others.

Many thanks


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