Birding on the Daintree

Little Kingfisher
The Jewel of the Daintree : Little Kingfisher

Wow wow wow, what an amazing time we have been having😃😃 Our short road trip to Mount Carbine went well. The Mount Carbine caravan park is nice, we really feel like we are outback now. The terrain is very dry and crispy, we are hooked up to bore water here ( not so good ). There is a lot of birdlife around the park but we will do a separate blog just for here when we have finished our stay because I really need to tell you about the awesome day we had today.

 

The Rarely seen Great-billed Heron
We got up extra early…4 am to quickly have our cappochinos and head off to the Daintree River.
Quite a drive from here, just over an hour, but off course still being dark we had to drive slower and also there’s a very windy steep range road with B double sugar cane trucks using it at the moment. We didn’t want to miss the river tour we had booked, and arrived with time to spare.
We also picked a beautiful day…..blue sky, no wind and also a low tide so things were looking really good.
Luckily there were only 5 passengers today…..all keen to get photos of the little Kingfisher. Murray from the  Daintree Boatman Nature Tours happens to know where all the birds are hiding out or having their favourite roosting spots so we were certainly in for a treat.
The Majestic White-bellied Sea-eagle

 

Male Saltwater Crocodile

 

He took us straight up a little inlet off the Daintree river and being low tide with all the mangrove roots exposed, the little Kingfisher seemed like he was waiting for us. Boy was he hard to spot, such a tiny hyperactive gorgeous little bird….. we almost had to lay on the gunnels of the boat to get a clear view, he was so hidden under the mangroves. Murray kept barking positions at us which helped a lot as he was so quick……we spent half an hour just here getting some great photos and video.

 

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Press Play to view Stephanie’s ‘Best Yet’ Video

 

 

Green Tree Snake soaking up the morning Sun
Green Tree Snake soaking up the morning Sun

 

 

The whole trip was pretty action packed.
Murray has an electric motor which is so very quiet when getting close to the birds, then he switches over to the standard noisy outboard when we had to hightail it down another part of the river to where he knew another bird, crocodile or snake was visible.
The Sea Eagle at the end of the 2 hour tour put on a show for us though we felt really sorry for him as he missed out on a fish. Anthony got some spectacular photos today and
I must say…. I have put together my best video to date, I had to add music as the endless clicking of the cameras, engine noise, and our very excited squeals was detracting from the amazing wildlife.
We normally stay away from tours but thought this was our best option for seeing different birds and boy, we are so glad we did this.
Spectacular Day. Please enjoy the pics and video.
Bye for now, Steph and Anthony.
Peacock Jewel aka 4 O’clock Moth

6 thoughts on “Birding on the Daintree

  1. snakes don’t like them xx

    Le lun. 19 août 2019 à 13:25, WanderingEagles – Travel & Nature Photography a écrit :

    > Anthony and Stephanie posted: ” Wow wow wow, what an amazing time we have > been having[image: 😃][image: 😃] Our short road trip to Mount Carbine > went well. The Mount Carbine caravan park is nice, we really feel like we > are outback now. The terrain is very dry and crispy, we are hooked up to > bore water he” >

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  2. I think this is my favourite post yet…what an awesome place! Beautiful photos and the video is so lovely…the music goes perfectly with the footage…loved it!

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Thanks very much for take time to check out our Blog we are very pleased you enjoy it. Yes The Daintree trip was very special for us. And can’t say enough about Murray and his Daintree Boatman tours. I can’t believe I finally got to see and photograph a Great-billed Heron (a Lifer) Not to mention the elusive Little Kingfisher and many other critters we came across.
      I just told Stephanie about what you said about her video.. She is very chuffed. She is very new at it, but keen to learn more.
      Only 2 months left of our Holiday, time is flying by.
      Cheers for now
      Ant & Steph 😀

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