RFI Cooktown

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Subject: RFI Cooktown
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 18:25:09 +1100
Hi Peter The mangroves of the lower Annan & Endeavour Rivers near Cooktown 
would be well worthwhile looking at in a small boat. I am not aware of the hire 
operators, but I'd imagine with a little research, one could be found in 
Cooktown pretty easily. I have had a bit of luck (but not much though) with 
some mangrove species on a couple of trips there, both by walking along these 
rivers on the landward side of the mangroves, but I suspect a boat would be far 
superior to this. I also have had a bit of luck upstream on the Endeavour River 
at the small village of Marton, which is only 15kms or so drive out of 
Cooktown, from memory. For White-streaked Honeyeater try any flowering 
banksia/paperbark/grevillia woodland around town. They are easier further out 
of town to the north, but it's a fair way (over 80kms) for these sites & it 
seems you won't have time for this. Another spot is the road into Archer Point 
if these species are flowering, this rd isn't far south of Cooktown. In a
 ny case, the Tozer heaths on the road into Iron Range should have plenty of 
this species there - this is the best spot in my experience anywhere near Iron 
Range for them. There is a very good population there. Good luck. Cheers Martin 
CachardCairns0428 782 808 
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> Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 17:28:14 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI Cooktown
> Afternoon all,
> I am heading to Iron Range later this month and may have an afternoon spare 
> in Cooktown (depending how early we get away from Cairns). I have had a bit 
> of a search on the internet and have found the BANQ site which has some good 
> information. I have a couple of qestions I would be interested in anyones 
> feedback on.
> Has anyone tried hiring a boat and looking for mangrove species and if so any 
> luck? Otherwise has anyone been on a fishing tour and caiught fish? 
> Interested in possibly heading up river and would interested in thoughts.
> If you have limited time around town where would you recommend birding - I 
> have been to swamp on the edge of town and that has been quite good, but 
> would be interested in anyone's thoughts on good spots, particularly for 
> tricky species like White-streaked HE (this one can be hard at Iron Range 
> where we will be spending much time so it would be good to track it down 
> early).
> Any tips or experiences of birding around Cooktown would be greatly 
> appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Peter
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