New Year's Day in FNQ

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Subject: New Year's Day in FNQ
From: Sue Gregory <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 08:49:01 +1000
Far North Queensland Tablelands trip Jan 1 2008

Jun Matsui and I did a trip round from Cairns to Yungaburra and back via Mareeba for New Years Day. Highlights as below: First bird of the year was Orange-footed Scrubfowl calling at 1100. First actually seen was Yellow-bellied Sunbird. Red-necked Crake calling well at Cassowary House. Cairns- good selection of shorebirds including both sandplovers, Terek Sand, Curlew and Sharp-tailed Sand, Grey-tailed Tattler, 5 Little Terns, on an indifferent ebbing tide. Lake Barrine: Tooth-billed Bowerbirds still singing strongly by their stages. Curtain Fig- Pied Monarchs very active, and a Bower's Shrike-thrush busy building a nest.
2 White-headed Pigeon by Lake Tinaroo.
Mareeba rock wallaby very visible late pm, also pretty-face wallaby along Henry Hannam Drive. Hastie's Swamp now very overgrown with ephemeral vegetation and almost no birds there.
Best wishes to all for a bird filled 2008

Phil Gregory


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