Unusual early breeding the Wet Tropics.

Subject: Unusual early breeding the Wet Tropics.
From: Del Richards <>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:47:20 +1000
Whilst guiding to the north of Mt. Lewis yesterday in misty weather I paused along a roadway when I noticed two segments of eggshell on the ground. Upon investigation we found a Topknot Pigeon on a nest in a rather tall rainforest sapling about six metres above the ground. Judging by the fact that the adult sat tightly on the nest and the freshness of the eggshell there was a newly hatched chick present. Breeding is normal here about November. We also located a female Chowchilla lining a new nest with leaf skeletons which again is about three months early. Weather conditions have been unusually cold in recent weeks so that would have hardly been the stimulus.

Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.

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