Cairns Trip Report - Great-billed heron Centenary Lakes

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Subject: Cairns Trip Report - Great-billed heron Centenary Lakes
From: robert burgoyne <>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 22:23:02 +1100
The locals would probably know better, but I had GBH at Centenary Lakes in 
November 2009.  It was just on dusk and as it had started to rain I took cover 
in a shelter to put on wet weather gear when the bird landed some 10 metres 
away on the grass oblivious to my presence.   It was also the eastern most lake 
from memory and it acted similarly to your bird moving into the lake and as I 
walked towards the road fairly close to the bird (10 metres or less) and it did 
not fly (I have seen them in Darwin where I live and they take to the wing very 
quickly near human presence).
Cheers, Rob B
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> Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:18:05 +0800
> From: John Graff <>
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cairns trip report - 28-30 October
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> Hi everyone,
> Steve Burns, Alan Collins, Mark Newman and I have just returned from a 
> lighting 3 day trip to the Cairns area, organised by Mark. We flew out from 
> Perth on Thursday night and stayed Friday and Saturday nights at Kingfisher 
> Park, before returning to Perth late Sunday afternoon. Below is a brief 
> report from the trip - as always, any comments are welcome. I don't think we 
> had too many unusual sightings, although a Great-billed Heron showing well at 
> Centenary Lakes may be a little unusual, and a local we met at the Esplanade 
> suggested the Grey Plover there was also relatively uncommon. Below is a 
> relatively long report on the trip
> Friday 28th
> We arrived at about 4.15am and picked up our first birds in the airport 
> carpark, including White-breasted Woodswallow. We then headed for the 
> Esplanade, where we saw Pied Imperial Pigeon, Figbird, Metallic Starling, and 
> House Sparrow, plus good numbers of waders on the mudflats (these were still 
> a fair way out though, so we planned to return later). We then headed for 
> Centenary Lakes. Our first (and probably best) sighting was a Great-billed 
> Heron on the eastern most lake, initially on the grassy shore, then on some 
> mangrove roots in the lake - I'm not sure how regularly these are seen here, 
> but they can be very tricky to get onto so to get one so easily was great! We 
> added a few more species like Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Yellow Oriole, 
> Olive-backed Sunbird, Brown-backed and Dusky Honeyeaters, Australian 
> Swiftlet, and more imperial pigeons overhead. We also saw a Black Bittern 
> which flew over us near the walking bridge over the main saltwater creek, 
> plus Striated Heron and 

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