I spent a few days recently in North Queensland (19th - 22nd March), flying
into Townsville and making my way up to the Daintree. I’d recommend the easy 4
day trip to anyone.
Key areas I visited were Paluma N.P., Townsville Town Common Conservation Park,
Mission Beach area, Kuranda N.P., Mount Lewis and Daintree N.P..
There were a number of highlights for me including the Blue-faced Parrot-Finch
and Tooth-billed Bowerbird on Mt. Lewis (Del Richards arrived with a group so
good timing for me, thanks Del!). This incredibly nature rich region is up
there with my birding favourites.
Some of the key sightings included:
Australian Bustard. 2 seen at Mary Creek, which is near Mt. Carbine)
Brolga. 2 seen at Townsville Town Common
Superb Fruit-Dove. Female seen in Daintree N.P.
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot. 1 seen on Mt. Lewis.
Barking Owl. 1 seen at Julatten
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. Several seen at Julatten, Kuranda and
Noisy Pitta, Julatten
Atherton Scrubwren, Mt. Lewis (near the dam)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Mt. Lewis
Mountain Thornbill, Mt.Lewis
Macleay’s Honeyeater, Kuranda N.P. and Julatten
Graceful Honeyeater, Daintree N.P.
Bridled Honeyeater, Abattoir Swamp (nr. Julatten)
Varied Honeyeater, Cairns
Eastern Spinebill, Paluma N.P.
Dusky Honeyeater, Paluma N.P. and Daintree N.P.
Chowchilla, Paluma N.P. and Mt. Lewis
Pale-yellow Robin, Paluma N.P.
Grey-headed Robin, Paluma N.P, Kuranda N.P. (I thought this was quite low to
see one) and Mt. Lewis
Bower’s Shrike-Thrush, Paluma N.P. and Mt. Lewis
Golden Whistler, Mt. Lewis
Grey Whistler, Daintree N.P.
Grey Fantail, Mt. Lewis
Spectacled Monarch, Julatten and Daintree N.P.
Pied Monarch, Kuranda N.P.
Victoria’s Riflebird. Female seen at Mt. Lewis
Emerald Dove, Mt. Lewis (on the road up)
Spotted Catbird, Kuranda N.P. and Daintree N.P.
Great Bowerbird, Townsville Town Common
Black Butcherbird, Daintree N.P.
Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Mt. Lewis (thanks again Del)
Australian Pipit, Townsville Town Common
Jabiru, Townsville Town Common
Blue-faced Parrot-Finch. 4-5 seen at the grass clearing on Mt. Lewis.
Bassian Thrush? Mt. Lewis
Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Paluma N.P. and Daintree N.P.
I searched long and hard for a Cassowary (having seen them in Kuranda before)
but had no luck this time around.
Thanks also to Kath for the tips who was looking after things at Kingfisher
Park at Julatten.
Can’t wait to get back to this wonderful part of Australia.
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