Lotusbird Lodge Trip

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Subject: Lotusbird Lodge Trip
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 12:56:02 +1000
Nice weekend up at Lotusbird Lodge, about 6 hours drive north of Cairns and with the road in good shape despite a late wet, though some of the tracks in Lakefield NP are poor still.
Highlights below:
Red Goshawk a pair and an immature
Black-breasted Buzzard 1
Grass Owl 2 Nifold Plain
Southern Boobook an obliging one at the lodge, and one feeding on the track on Nifold Plain
Barking Owl 2 on Nifold Plain by the windmill track
Papuan Frogmouth 1 by the lodge
Tawny Frogmouth 4 grey phase birds  spotlit one night
Golden-shouldered Parrot c. 30 inc. 3 males by the road just south of Windmill Creek late pm. on the way north
Banded Honeyeater a few about
Red-headed Honeyeater 1 male Marina Plains and 2 f between Annie's Creek and 5 mile camp
Star Finch 22 imm. and 4 adults Nifold Plain
Black-throated Finch about 30 seen

No Silver-crowned Friarbirds, and no sign of White-streaked Honeyeater or Gouldian Finch.
No luck with Spectacled Hare-wallaby or Northern Nail-tail.

Sue and Gary looked after us very nicely, it's a great place for a few days. A Square-tailed Kite and a Little Eagle near Mt. Molloy were pleasing, as was White-gaped Honeyeater at McLeod R. about 20 km N of Mt. Carbine.

Phil Gregory


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