Trip Report Port Douglas to Julatten FNQ

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Subject: Trip Report Port Douglas to Julatten FNQ
From: Bob Dawson <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:03:34 +1000
Hi All

While at Cairns recently I had an excellant morning out with Del Richards of 
Fine Feather tours.

Del took myself and a pleasant couple from NZ around a number of sites in Port 
Douglas and various other sites in areas both down on the coastal flats and up 
in the heights around Julatten.

I don't have a total of the species seen as I was only noting down birds that I 
had not already seen on the trip but it was a good number.

Del found us a pair of  Double-eyed Fig-Parrots in Port Douglas and other 
highlights for me in the lowlands were Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, 
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and a Black-necked Stork flying over.

Up in the hills highlights for me were many Spectacled Monarch, Sunbird, Brown 
Cuckoo-Dove and terrific views of a Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo.

I then spent the afternoon following up leads given to me by Del and saw a 
Cassowary while unsuccessfully looking for Shining-bronze Cuckoos and B F 
Parrot-Finches at Mt Lewis. Another lead of Del's did get me the Parrot-Finches 
and I had great views of several males and females/juvs.

The day yielded 7 new species for me. It was a great day.


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