Trip report-- Maleny(SEQ) to North Qld ,24/9--13/10

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Subject: Trip report-- Maleny(SEQ) to North Qld ,24/9--13/10
From: "Russ Lamb" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:07:20 +1000
Recently back from driving/birding holiday to North Queensland, away for 20 
days.First extended trip that didn't produce a lifer, despite trying hard for 
Zitting Cisticola I couldn't convince myself I saw it (many thanks to Ivor 
Preston and Tony Ashton for excellent sites, and tips on 
identification----obviously easier to confidently ID in breeding season for 
visiting non-locals).
         Nevertheless we saw some great birds and I did manage to add three to 
my Qld list. Birding highlights were:
Southern Cassowary ---- 30/9, pair, Tam O'Shanter
                                     NP, Mission Beach
Radjah Shelduck ----  8/10, Centenary Lakes, Cairns
Green Pygmy-geese -- 4/10, 40+ Lake Mitchell
Great-billed Heron----- 6/10, Daintree River
Black Bittern------   6/10, Daintree River
Grey Goshawk------- 6/10, Mount Alexandra lookout,
                                Daintree NP
Sarus Crane  ------- 2/10, 70+, Hasties Swamp,
Bustard ------ 4/10, road into Mareeba Wetlands
                    5/10, 2 on Eastern Maryfarms Rd,
                             Mt. Carbine
Terek Sandpiper----8/10, Esplanade, Cairns
Common Sandpiper----5/10, Newell Beach boat ramp
                                 (crocodile as well)
Beach Stone-curlew----9/10, mouth of Barron River
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot----1/10, Eubenangee Swamp,
                                      heard elsewhere
Barking Owl------- 26/9, pair, Townsville Common
Papuan Frogmouth------ 6/10, on nest, Daintree River
Little Kingfisher-------29/9, Trebonne Creek, cnr Orient
                              & Kirkwoods Rds, S of Ingham
Lovely Fairy-wren---5/10, Vixies Rd, Wonga Beach
White-gaped Honeyeater---28/9, Palmetum,Townsville
Rufous-throated Honeyeater---26/9, Townsville
Bower's Shrike-thrush-----2/10, Wongabel SF,
Pied Monarch------2/10, Wongabel SF, Atherton
                          4/10, Kingfisher Park, Julatten
Barred Cuckoo-shrike----2/10, Woodlands caravan
                                    park, Atherton

Best birding sites included:
Mullers Lagoon, Bowen----Large-tailed Nightjar
Townsville Common------ best I've ever seen it, lots of
                                  waterbirds incl. Jabiru, Brolga,
                                  Magpie Geese, Glossy Ibis
Reed Beds Rd, Cromarty------great car-based birding,
                                  varied habitats, 5 finch
                                  species (Zebra,Crimson,
                                  Nutmeg, Double-barred,
Tyto Wetlands,Ingham---- 35+ species, Amethystine
Eubenangee Swamp,Innisfail---Double-eyed Fig-Parrot
                                             Topknot Pigeon
Hasties Swamp, Atherton---- 35+ species
Wongabel SF, Atherton---- Macleays H/E, Tooth-billed
                                       Bowerbird, Victoria's
                                       Riflebird, Spectacled &
                                       Pied Monarch, Bower's
Lake Mitchell---- 25 species in 40 mins
Kingfisher Park, Julatten---- as always, plenty of birds,
                                      but also great sightings of
                                      Bush Rat, Giant White-
                                      tailed Rat, Northern Brown
                                      Bandicoot, Hercules Moth
Daintree River----- took early morning Daintree River
                          Experience cruise, terrific birds, 37+
                          over 2 hours incl pair Great-billed
                          Heron, Black Bittern, nesting
                          Papuan Frogmouth, Shining
                          Flycatcher, Graceful H/E
Cattana Wetlands, Cairns--- new birding spot, well
                            created wetlands, will develop
Centenary Lakes, Cairns-- Radjah Shelduck,Helmeted
                              Friarbird, nesting Bush Stone-
                              Curlew, Whimbrel
Esplanade,Cairns---visited couple of times. Terek,
                             Curlew, Sharp-tailed S'pipers,
                             Mangrove Robin, Varied H/E,
                             Greater Sand Plover, Pacific
                              Golden Plover,Collared K'fisher
Total of 217 species for trip.

Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ

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