A Touch of Cairns Nature

Featured Image : Striated Heron – on the prowl at Centerary Lakes

 

We have been out and about while in Cairns. There is some great spots for birdwatching at Centenary Lakes and also out further to The Cattana Wetlands.
We did look along the northern side of the Esplanade at low tide, saw plenty of Shore Birds but too far away for photos.
The Torres Strait Pigeons have arrived for nesting and they are very busy.
For quite a plain bird (black & white) they are beautiful looking and we hope with a bit more time Anthony will get better photos.

Jade Vine (above)

and other Flora from the Botanical Gardens

 

A short boardwalk from Centenary Lakes leads to Flecker Botanical Gardens, usually                                           teaming with Butterflies, like the Cairns Birdwing…..                            Better luck next time I guess.

 

We couldn’t believe how close we got to the Double-eyed Fig Parrots at Centenary Lakes. We also couldn’t believe how out in the open they were, we have been looking and looking in all the fruiting fig trees with no luck and thought this would be an impossible bird to see, let alone get fantastic photos and video off.

We don’t know what the tree was that they were munching in but it was quite sparse of leaves which made for great viewing, a male Mistletoe bird also came in a few times for a snack.

 

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Featured Bird : Double-eyed Fig-parrot (male above)

Female 

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Yellow-striped Flutterer

 

How time flies……Tomorrow we are off on the big jet plane to Thailand, we still haven’t come to grips with it yet but guess we will have one hell of a reality check when we get to the airport🙄🙄

 

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The Pied Imperial (Torres Strait) Pigeons have returned to nest

 

 

While overseas we will be staying on the island of Koh Samui.
We know it really well now, we have a great Dentist there and have some favourite eateries etc. we also hire a car and drive around the Island and up the Mountains.
They do have some birdlife and amazing lizards so we will do our best to get a nice Blog together in the next 5 days.
Bye for now, Steph and Anthony.

 

 

 

Lace Monitor (Goana) trying not to be seen

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Tyto Wetlands – Birders Paradise

Tyto Wetlands
Tyto Wetlands main veiwing platform

 

Well since the last blog we have moved on to Ingham, only about an hour north of Bluewater.

It’s your typical North Queensland country town but they do have a jewel in their crown….. The Tyto Wetlands.

We have been going mornings and afternoons for the last 5 days and it’s just fantastic for birdwatching.

The path is a very wide mowed strip of grass so besides looking down for snakes….. you have plenty of freedom to look around for birds.

It’s very open there and we have seen quite a few flybys, a Pacific Baza, Brown Goshawk, Whistling Kites, the usual Darters and Herons etc. but boy you have to be quick.

Anthony has missed out on those but we are here a bit longer so will keep trying.

 

Mistletoe Birds everywhere at the moment. Usually quite high. However this young female gave us quite a show

Yesterday we spotted the Little Kingfisher, he is always in the same area but hardly comes out from the shade of the trees so we will have to be really patient there to get a good photo. The bird list here is really impressive, it would be nice to hang out here indefinitely to see new birds coming in, everyday we have seen something different but we will move on north next week, and visit again on our way back south around October. We have also been blessed with fantastic weather, blue skies every day so lucky as the bad weather only just broke the day before we came here.

 

Male Leaden Flycatcher ; Tyto Wetlands
Male Leaden Flycatcher ; Tyto Wetlands

 

 

Anthony has captured some amazing photos, many have been chosen for the Flickr Gallery of Excellence. He is very happy. So we will do more blogs of Tyto as the photos come in.

 

Darter : Tyto Wetylands
“Morning Call” : Male Darter

 

There’s other amazing places to see within an hours drive from here, Wallaman falls and Broadwater National Park and the coast so we are also looking forward to visiting them over the next few days. Enjoy the pics and bye for now.

Steph and Anthony.

 

Inflight Chalky Percher Dragonfly
Inflight Chalky Percher Dragonfly : Tyto Wetlands

Bongil Bongil NP & Urunga Wetlands

Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk

 

Bundagen Headland, Bongil Bongil National Park
Bundagen Headland, Bongil Bongil National Park

 

Hello everyone, we have been having a great time just hanging out along this fantastic part of the coast. Within an hours drive is just so much to see. The Bundageree Walk , a coastal section of the Bongil Bongil National Park is fantastic, there is quite a few trails there but we only walked along the track just in from the beach, which began at the end of Tucker’s Rocks road. it was a very windy day and we could hear the wind whipping through the tops of the trees but we were very well protected in there. It’s a 3 km walk one way and about half way along the forest has a definite change, almost like a line drawn there. Fantastic as it gives you a variety of birds. It ends at the mouth of the Bundagaree creek at Bundagen Headland. We started to walk along the beach but quickly got sandblasted so turned back. You can walk all the way back to the car park along the beach making it a loop. We saw lots of birds here, of course always very hard to get photos of birds in rainforest as they don’t pop out into the open very often and there were lots of those messy vines everywhere so hard to even spot the birds in the first place. We will definitely go back and do some other walks there. September is when all the migrant birds start to come back so hopefully we will see more and more different birds as we get out and about.

 

Brahminy Kite Flyby
Brahminy Kite Flyby

 

Eastern Water Dragon
Eastern Water Dragon

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Birds spotted on the Bundageree Walk

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Urunga Wetlands

Urunga Wetlands 
We also found this amazing Wetlands in Urunga itself, you can read more about it HERE. I don’t think we would have known about it if we hadn’t been told by a friend. But it is fantastic, not very big but the council here has done an amazing job of revamping this once derelict site. We saw 3 different birds of prey there, spoonbills, swans, ducks, grebes etc and they do get jabiru there too sometimes so we will always have to go and have a look. In the mornings the reflection is amazing if there is no wind. We have some horrible rainy windy days upon us now so will catchup with friends,  drink lots of cuppachino’s and play with our cat Chloe……she has turned into a kitten again and meeows at us constantly to pick up the piece of string so she can chase it round and round the coffee table. Cats are so easy to please.
Cheers Steph and Anthony.

Some birds from Urunga Estuaries 

It’s a Puffer Fish

Puffer fish are so cute