Cairns in the wet

Subject: Cairns in the wet
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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:09:57 +0900
A visit to Cairns & the Atherton Tablelands in mid January proved worthwhile despite the torrential rains
& flooding. We managed to sidestep the worst of the rain most of the time although we got
pretty wet here & there, & couldn't get to a few places due to flooding.
          Almost 200 species were seen, even though there was not much activity at all on
some days. Interesting birds around Cairns were Red Knot & Pied Heron on the Esplanade,
Beach Stone Curlew at Buchans Beach,Crimson Finches at Edmonton & a Black Bittern at
El Arish. On the tablelands we saw  Varied Sitella (Striata), Bush hens were active in a few places,
Blue-faced Parrot-finches were present at two sites on Mt Lewis, & the highlight was a
Buff-breasted Button-quail near Mt Molloy.
                                                            Brian Johnston


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