Birds on the Cairns forshore in June, the displaying of Victoria's Rifle

Subject: Birds on the Cairns forshore in June, the displaying of Victoria's Riflebird and finding the Golden Bowerbird
From: Patrick Scully <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:11:18 +1000
Hi all,
A big thanks to all the people who have sent me excellent ideas and
suggestions. I contacted John Chambers at lake Eacham, and for those with
little kiddies, he was very baby friendly. John told me something very
interesting about the Victoria's Riflebird, that it takes 7, yes seven years
for the young males to get the dark blue full male colouring and that during
June the males seem to practice displaying. John was not sure if it is just
the males getting their full male colours or all the males. This seems
incredible to me.
Happy birding,

On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM, Patrick Scully <> wrote:

> Hi fellow birders,
> I'm thinking of heading up to Cairns in June and wondering if anyone knows
> what if any birds I might find on the Cairns Esplanade?  Also I was reading
> that the Victoria's Riflebird displays during the mating season, but does
> this mean that it also does other displays at other times of the year as
> well, but not the elaborate ones for mating?  And I read that some of the
> guides do not look for the Golden Bowerbird before August. Does this mean
> that it is very difficult to find at other times?
> I'd love some feedback,
> Patrick

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