Re: Anything special in Cairns???

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Subject: Re: Anything special in Cairns???
From: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge <>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 16:01:48 +1000
Hi Folks,
Peter asked about sightings around Cairns.

Nothing to report in the way of rare waders on the Cairns Esplanade (I was there a week ago). Quite a lot of the waders were colouring up nicely in their breeding plumage.

I did see at least 5 Pied Herons this morning at the Kilaloe Rubbish Dump between Port Douglas and Mossman but to access it you need to take a bag of rubbish!

Blue-faced Parrot Finch has been seen on Mt. Lewis, Julatten, over the last week including two adults feeding two juveniles but recent rain has made the road hazardous for regular cars, especially hire cars, so a 4wd is necessary.

Sarus Cranes are not in the area until about June/July, they are now in the Gulf of Carpentaria (we think)

Spectacled and Pied Monarchs are around the area - we have both at the lodge but have not seen Black-faced Monarchs for a week now, they may have headed north.

I presume you mean Golden Bowerbird - very difficult at the moment. Occasionally seen on Mt. Lewis and at Longlands Gap near Mt. Hypipamee on the Atherton Tablelands.

Great Bowerbirds are easy to see at Mount Molloy.

Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers are still around with young birds and easy to see. We had six pairs nesting in the lodge grounds this year and all appear to have been successful although two nests took 35 days to fledge their young instead of the normal 26-28 days. Our birds usually hang around until the end of April when the adults dissapear followed a week later by the juveniles.

Waterbirds are scarce due to the large bodies of water around the area.

Check out John Seale's blog for up to date sightings

Keith & Lindsay.

Is anyone able to tell me if there are any interesting sightings in Cairns at the moment? Any vagrant/rare waders at esplanade worth keeping an eye out for?
Also has anyone got current sites for the following species?
Blue-faced Parrot Finch Sarus Crane
Good photo spots for Monarchs and boatbill
Current Bowerbird bower sites?
Any local knowlegde of areas that are particularly good at the moment would be appreciated. Cheers, Peter ===============================

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

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