Friday 7 February 2020

Queensland Australia - Jan 2020 : Part 4

Day 13:

I booked a day tour with Seastar Cruises to visit the world renowned Great Barrier Reef, if you ever wish to visit the reef I highly recommend going with them, they were very well organised and staffs were extremely helpful and friendly. As birders, we are not just interested in the colourful coral reefs and fishes, we are especially interested in the birdlife that make this world heritage site their home. A small sandy island call Michaelmas Cay interested me, being the 5th largest seabird colony in the Great Barrier Reef, it is also the most accessible. There are at the moment two commercial cruises that are allowed to land on the Cay each day, and Seastar Cruise gets to land earlier in the morning, making it the more ideal company to go with as birders.

We walked over to the pier from our hotel and arrived at 7:30am. After some safety briefing the boat which hosted just under 20 guests headed out of Cairns. It took roughly an hour to get from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay. Upon seeing the flat sandy island you can see thousands and thousands of seabirds all roosting and flying around the island.

Michaelmas Cay

All the other visitors changed into their wetsuits and prepared a snorkelling session around the Cay, Hoiling and I however got our binoculars and cameras ready. From the boat we saw plenty of Brown Boobies flying around, I also spotted two Red-footed Boobies but they flew off soon after and were not seen again.

Brown Booby - female

Red-footed Booby - only brief views

Numerous Lesser Crested Terns came back to the island with fish in their beak, this obviously attracts the attention of Frigatebirds which patrols the Cay, I saw mainly Great Frigatebirds with very few Lesser Frigatebirds flying in the distant.

Lesser Crested Tern

Great Frigatebird - female

Upon landing on Michaelmas Cay, you must pause for a moment to gather yourself the spectacle that surrounds you. It's as if you have entered bird paradise! Everywhere you looked there were seabirds, some literally right by your feet! As a bird sanctuary, they have fenced off most of the island with some rope, visitors are not allowed to go past the rope and into the nesting area, but honestly there is no real need as the birds were all so close!

All the seabirds by your feet!

Brown Boobies greeting us on the sign

Thousands of Greater Crested Terns nested near the middle, all protecting their eggs with their own body from the relentless sun. On the outskirt of these terns were a few Brown Booby chicks accompanied by their parents, these fluffy chicks were extremely adorable and we spent the most time looking at them.

Greater Crested Terns colony

Male Brown Booby with chick

Brown Noddy was one of the commonest species on the Cay, you have to be careful where you step as sometimes they were just roosting next to your feet! I looked for Black Noddy but didn't see any.

Brown Noddy

Several Lesser Crested Terns landed on the beach, as it turns out there were a few young chicks there begging for food, although looking at the chaos it seems the chick don't really know which one is its parent, other scavenging terns came in trying to steal the fish out of the parents beak just added to the drama.

Lesser Crested Tern with chick

Only a few Greater Crested Terns roosted up on the beach, while I saw a few chicks strayed all the way to the beach, likely that its parents are out fishing somewhere now that it's big enough to fend for itself.

Greater Crested Tern & Brown Noddy

Greater Crested Tern chick

Sooty Terns were also in good numbers, being a rare species in Hong Kong I've only seen juveniles before, so I was very happy to finally see adults flying around. Most of the roosted far away from the beach, but a few young birds were there which meant the parents had to come over to feed it.

Sooty Tern juvenile with adult

Great Frigatebirds soared over our heads like planes, I was hoping to get some that perch closer to the beach but all of them were roosting pretty far away.

Great Frigatebird - female

The sun was most unforgiving, and soon we were overheating. We could only retreat back to the shades of the boat where I continued with some flight shots of various seabirds. There were small numbers of Black-naped Terns breeding on the Cay as well, we saw several flying past our boat.

Lesser Crested Tern

Brown Noddy

Brown Booby

Black-naped Tern

After lunch our boat headed over to Hastings Reef, a outer reef on the very edge of open water where corals thrives. We got in our wetsuits here and jumped into the water for some snorkelling, our TG5 came into great use! Although I was not particularly good at taking photos underwater, this will take some more practice...

Hastings Reef

The most abundant fishes were hundreds of Scissortail Sergeants swimming right beside you. A pair of Black-backed Butterflyfish came past us.

Scissortail Sergeants - we called them the 'stripy fish'

Black-backed Butterflyfish

We saw quite a few beautiful Six-banded Parrotfishes, these interesting looking fish apparently spends over 90% of their day feeding on algae that grows on the corals, which in turn keeps the reef healthy. Their strong beak is also able to crush dead corals and they will literally poop out white next time you sit on a white sandy beach just remember you are literally sitting on a large pile parrotfish poop.

Six-banded Parrotfish

A slightly bigger Spotted Parrotfish came very close, it was accompanied by a Checkerboard Wrasse. A different looking individual also came close, this species changes colour throughout it's life stages, this one is probably a younger individual, it was accompanied by a Sixbar Wrasse.

Adult Spotted Parrotfish & Checkerboard Wrasse

Juvenile Spotted Parrotfish & Sixbar Wrasse

The third Parrotfish species we saw was the Steephead Parrotfish, easily recognised by it's large bump on the forehead. It was accompanied by a Orangestripe Triggerfish and a Striped Surgeonfish.

Orangestripe Triggerfish (left), Steephead Parrotfish (middle), Striped Surgeonfish (right)

A little deeper down we saw several Bluespotted Cornetfish, a curious looking fish with elongated body and beak. Sitting motionlessly on the bottom was a Titan Triggerfish.

Bluespotted Cornetfish

Titan Triggerfish

I noticed a fish that sat on the coral, it was a Freckled Hawkfish, while a few Clark's Anemonefish were swimming in the open instead of hiding within the cover of soft corals.

Freckled Hawkfish

Clark's Anemonefish

Another fish I've often seen in aquarium was the Foxface, but I prefer to see them in the wild. We also saw a Small Giant Clam, this species doesn't grow larger than 20cm, but is just as colourful as any other Giant Clams.


Small Giant Clam

Schools of Chinese Demoiselle swam below us, a much larger Two-spot Red Snapper stayed motionlessly as I swam past it while getting back onto the boat.

Two-spotted Red Snapper & Chinese Demoiselles

We got back to Cairns at around 4pm. After a little rest in the hotel we decided to head out to the esplanade once again for some casual birding. Bush Stone-curlews are very common around Cairns and in the park opposite to our hotel we found many sitting below trees during the day. They are nocturnal birds, being a lot more active by night and often very noisy.

Bush Stone-curlew

The Australian Pelicans were even closer than the previous day, many tourists sat down to look at these funny looking birds, it was a lot of fun just looking at them preening and stretching out their throat pouch.

Australian Pelican

The tide was a lot higher, leaving little space for waders to perch and feed, although this doesn't affect the Great Egret. We found a few Bar-tailed Godwits roosting at the beach towards the end of the esplanade.

Great Egret

Bar-tailed Godwit

On our way back a few more waders flew in to roost, including many Whimbrels. I was delighted to find a flock of Great Knots as well as a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper also decided to come into roost. I added a single Grey-tailed Tattler while walking to the restaurant for dinner.


Great Knot with single Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Grey-tailed Tattler

After dinner we enjoyed the night scenery along the esplanade, I noticed a bird out on the mudflat, turns out it was a Rufous Night Heron, another addition to our trip list!

Cairns Esplanade at night

Rufous Night Heron

Day 14:

For our last morning at Cairns we didn't really want to go very far and decided to head back towards the Botanic Gardens to look for the Papuan Frogmouth one last time. We were again disappointed, and there wasn't a lot of interesting birds to be seen. A Bush Stone-curlew and it's chick was probably the only highlight of the morning.

Bush Stone-curlew - with chick

The streets was boiling, temperature soared to 36°C on the day which made this the hottest day we've experienced the whole trip. Seeing that it probably wasn't a good idea to engage in anymore outdoor activities, we paid a visit to the Cairns Aquarium, which we throughly enjoyed! The aquarium housed many native animals including freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and of course reef fishes. It was quite large and you can easily spend two to three hours strolling through the various exhibitions.

Freshwater Turtle Exhibition at Cairns Aquarium

Barramundi, one of Australia's favourite food fish...

Show piece reef tank at Cairns Aquarium

After lunch and some last minute shopping we returned our car at the airport and that was the end of our time at Cairns. Overall, Cairns got this unique charm that is quite unlike other parts of Australia I've visited, its got an almost South East Asia feel to it.

Cairns from above

Day 15:

This was our final day at Brisbane before departing back to Hong Kong. My aunt let us borrow her car again for the last day, we first visited the Tinchi Tamba Wetland Reserve, located just north of Brisbane. Here you can find mangroves, woodlands as well as tidal mudflats. Unfortunately, the tide was very high during our visit. Our first and probably best bird there was a male Rose-crowned Fruit Dove which Hoiling spotted, this was the last resident Fruit Dove species we were missing from Queensland, so I was glad to get this on our list!

Boardwalk at Tinchi Tamba Wetland Reserve

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove - male

In the nearby woodlands we saw many Spangled Drongos, a Black-faced Cuckooshrike dropped in on a tree quite far away. We also saw a few female Red-backed Fairywrens but they didn't show very well.

Spangled Drongo

Black-faced Cuckooshrike

Along the river channel we saw a flock of Little Black Cormorants diving and feeding. Australian Swamphens foraged on the lawns, this species was formerly lumped together with other Porphyrio as Purple Swamphen, they have since been split into six species.

Little Black Cormorant

Australian Swamphen

Next we visited the Boondall Wetlands, the circuit walk from the information centre was very pleasant. I especially like the 'Wildlife Alert' signs saying 'Do not disturb the birds and the birdwatchers', never knew birdwatchers are considered wildlife in Australia!

Boardwalk at Boondall Wetlands

We need signs like this in Hong Kong!

The woodlands around the wetland was quite productive, we saw a Pied Butcherbird, a Brush Cuckoo singing from its perch and a Rufous Whistler. A few Grey Fantails also showed well.

Pied Butcherbird

Brush Cuckoo

Rufous Whistler

Grey Fantail

Along the trail Hoiling spotted four Tawny Frogmouths roosting together. These comical birds are never boring to look at, two of them were quite alert at our presence and kept a watchful eye on us, while the other two just carried on sleeping.

Tawny Frogmouth - giving us 'the look'

It started raining so we took shelter inside the bird hide. We watched a few Torresian Crows sitting on the boardwalk, they are common and widespread in Australia, although I love their unique blue greyish eyes which stands out from the rest of its plumage. Across the river channel we added a Torresian Kingfisher, a split from the Collared Kingfisher.

Torresian Crow

Torresian Kingfisher

We continued after the shower had subsided. A fairly confiding Laughing Kookaburra was our last one of the trip. We also found a group of Red-backed Fairywrens, the bold male showed off its bright colours, a male in moult and female was also nearby.

Laughing Kookaburra

Red-backed Fairywren - showy male

Red-backed Fairywren - moulting male & female

Our final stop for the day was Nudgee Beach, we only walked to the bird hide and back to the carpark, here we were able to add two mangrove specialist in form of a Mangrove Gerygone and a small flock of Mangrove Honeyeaters.

Boardwalk through mangroves at Nudgee Beach

Mangrove Gerygone

Mangrove Honeyeater

On our way out we also saw a few Greater Crested Terns flying around the river mouth, whereas a White-bellied Sea Eagle perched up on a dead tree for good views. We drove back to my aunt's place for a family dinner before taking the evening flight back to Hong Kong.

Greater Crested Tern

White-bellied Sea Eagle

It was most unfortunate that during our visit the neighbouring states of New South Wales and Victoria experienced some of the worst bushfires in recent history, whether these disasters were manmade or natural shows what thin-line we are walking on, if we are not careful we could endanger even more of these unique animals, worst still lose some of these incredible wildlife.

The sad reality is, Queensland is now listed as a deforestation hotspot, clearing forests and bushland in an unprecedented rate. In 2015-16 alone around 395,000 hectares of lands were cleared in Queensland, that is equivalent to 1,500 football fields per day. We did experienced this first hand, as we birded at Kuranda, trucks loaded with timber hauled out one after the other, while emptied trucks drove back up the hill for more, I was horrified by the fact that commercial logging was going on within state forests, and God knows what chemicals they may be spraying up there! Habitat loss is therefore a huge concern for many species in Australia, the recent bushfires may have made this worst.

Negativity aside, almost everyone we have met during the trip was extremely helpful and friendly, making our trip in Queensland incredibly enjoyable. Despite the flu which hindered our mobility slightly, I am glad it didn't really affect our itinerary too much. When it comes to birding, Australia really has a lot to offer, not only does it have some of the most unique birds in the world, but the fact that many of these birds live in close proximity to human makes birding in Australia so much fun. We ended up with 221 species of birds in just 15 days, and not all of those days were purely spent birding. We also recorded many key target species, including 13 of the 14 wet tropic endemics, although out of those 2 were heard only (Lesser Sooty Owl and Tooth-billed Bowerbird), but considered the limited time we had I thought we did pretty well.

Bird list:

1Black SwanSmall flock at Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
2Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)A few at Cairns Centenary Lakes
3Spotted Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna guttata)Small flock at Cattana Wetlands
4Green Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus pulchellus)Seen at Cattana Wetlands and Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
5Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata)Common at Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
6Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)Common
8Hardhead (Aythya australis)Common at Brisbane Botanic Gardens and other water bodies
9Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami)Common
10Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)Common throughout Cairns area
11Helmeted Guineafowl (Domestic type)One at Cattana Wetlands carpark
12Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)A few at Brisbane Botanic Gardens
13Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)Large flock at Lake Barrine
14Rock Dove (Columba livia)
15White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)One near Montville, another at O'Reilly's
16Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
17Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella)Commonly in forested areas
18Pacific Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps longirostris)Common around forested areas in Cairns, also seen at O'Reilly's
19Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)Common in suburban and open areas
20Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca)Common around O'Reilly's
21Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)Abundant at Cairns
22Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)Fairly common around Brisbane and regular at Kingfisher Park
23Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)Seen at Mt Lewis, Kingfisher Park and Black Mountain Road
24Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus)Common at Mt Lewis and Kingfisher Park
25Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus regina)Single male at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
26Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa)Abundant at Cairns
27Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)Often seen flying through at O'Reilly's and Mt Lewis, single bird at Cairns Esplanade
28Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)At least 10 birds near Mt Carbine
29Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus)One seen flying across the road between O'Reilly's and Brisbane
30Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis)Seen at Mt Carbine and Cattana Wetlands
31Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)Very common at Mt Coot-tha, heard elsewhere
32Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)One seen at Mt Coot-tha
33Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus)Two seen at Cattana Wetlands
34Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)One juvenile at O'Reilly's
35Chestnut-breatsed Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris)One heard at Kingfisher Park
36Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus)An adult at Boondall Wetlands, heard elsewhere
37Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)Two seen at Mt Carbine, four seen at Boondall Wetlands
38Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus)Numerous heard at O'Reilly's, none showed
39White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus)Sparingly seen throughout the trip
40Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae)Sparingly seen throughout the trip
41Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)Common in Brisbane Botanic Gardens and other water bodies
42Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)Seen at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, also seen at Lake Barrine
43Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)A few seen near Tinchi Tamba Wetlands
44Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana)One seen at Hunter Creek Park
45Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor)Regular visitor to bird bath at Kingfisher Park
46Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius)Seen at Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, common throughout Cairns
47Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)Two seen along Cairns Esplanade
48Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)Common
49Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)A few at Cairns Esplanade
50Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)A mother with chicks seen at Cattana Wetlands
51Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)Cairns Esplanade
52Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)Cairns Esplanade
53Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)Common along Cairns Esplanade
54Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)Small flock at Cairns Esplanade
55Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)Singles at Cairns Esplanade
56Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)Small flock at Cairns Esplanade
57Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)Small flock at Cairns Esplanade
58Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)Singles at Cairns Esplanade
59Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)Singles at Cairns Esplanade
60Painted Buttonquail (Turnix varius)A pair seen on the way up to O'Reilly's
61Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)Common along coast
62Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)Abundant at Michaelmas Cay
63Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus)Abundant at Michaelmas Cay
64Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)One from the boat just off Cairns
65Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)Seen along Cairns Esplanade
66Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)A few breeding on Michaelmas Cay
67Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)Abundant at Michaelmas Cay
68Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)Abundant at Michaelmas Cay
69Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel)One female seen flying high above Michaelmas Cay
70Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)At least six birds around Michaelmas Cay
71Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)Up to twelve pairs breeding on Michaelmas Cay plus more out at sea
72Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)Only two birds seen before landing on Michaelmas Cay
73Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)One at Lake Barrine, later also seen at Cattana Wetlands and Boondall Wetlands
74Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)One at Brisbane City Botanic Garden, a few elsewhere
75Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)A few at Cairns Centenary Lakes and other wetlands
76Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)One seen flying through at Boondall Wetlands
77Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)One flock at Cairns Esplanade, also a pair at Lake Barrine and few at Boondall Wetlands
78Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)One seen by Hoiling at Cattana Wetlands
79Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
80Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)
81Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
82White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)One seen from the road out of Cattana Wetlands
83Pacific Heron (Ardea pacifica)One seen from afar at Big Mitchell Creek Reserve
84Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra)One seen from the Cairns Esplanade
85Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
86Striated Heron (Butorides striata)One at Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
87Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)One seen at night along Cairns Esplanade
88Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)One at Cattana Wetlands
89Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)Abundant
90Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)Fairly common throughout
91Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)One at Cairns Esplanade
92Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)A pair seen in the distant at Boondall Wetlands
93Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)A few seen from the road to O'Reilly's
94Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)One at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, two more at Mt Lewis
95Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)A pair seen on the way to O'Reilly's
96Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae)One seen on Black Mountain Road
97Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)One seen at Caterson Park, Brisbane
98Black Kite (Milvus migrans)Common
99Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)One seen near Mt Carbine
100Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)One at Boondall Wetlands
101White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)One at Nudgee Beach
102Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)At least two heard at Kingfisher Park
103Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus)One at Hunter Creek Park, another near Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
104Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)Common
105Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)A few seen at Mt Carbine
106Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)Common around Kingfisher Park and surrounding area
107Torresian Kingfisher (Todiramphus sordidus)One seen at Boondall Wetlands
108Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)Common throughout
109Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia)Fairly common at Kingfisher Park, also seen at Mt Lewis
110Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)Common at Cattana Wetlands
111Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)One seen from the road towards O'Reilly's, another at Mt Carbine
112Australian Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)Common on roadsides
113Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)Abundant at Mt Carbine, few elsewhere
114Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)Common throughout
115Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)Abundant at O'Reilly's, a few at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
116Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)Small flock at Mt Carbine
117Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)Abundant at O'Reilly's
118Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)A pair at mango plantation at Brisbane plus a few at Mt Carbine
119Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma)Heard on Mt Lewis
120Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)Abundant
121Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)A few at Caterson Park and Mt Coot-tha
122Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor)Three birds seen at O'Reilly's, also heard on Mt Lewis and Black Mountain Road
123Albert's Lyrebird (Menura alberti)One male seen at O'Reilly's
124Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus maculosus)Common at Mt Lewis, heard at Lake Barrine and Black Mountain Road
125Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris)A few seen at O'Reilly's
126Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris)Heard on Mt Lewis
127Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)Common at O'Reilly's
128Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)Common at O'Reilly's
129Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)Seen at Mt Carbine and Mt Molloy
130White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)Seen at O'Reilly's, also on Mt Lewis and Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
131Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti)Seen at Caterson Park
132Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis)Three birds seen at Centenary Lakes
133Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)A few seen at O'Reilly's
134Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)Seen at Caterson Park, Mt Carbine and Boondall Wetlands
135Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)Common at O'Reilly's, also at Mt Lewis and Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
136Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata)At Mt Lewis and Hunter Creek Park
137Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)Common throughout
138Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis)A few at Kingfisher Park
139Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)Seen at Cattana Wetlands
140Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops)A few seen at Kingfisher Park, Hunter Creek Park and Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
141Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)Abundant in Brisbane
142Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus)Numerous at Mt Lewis and Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
143Varied Honeyeater (Gavicalis versicolor)A few seen at Cairns Esplanade
144Mangrove Honeyeater (Gavicalis fasciogularis)A flock at Nudgee Beach
145Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus)A few at Hunter Creek Park and Cattana Wetlands
146Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura)Seen on Mt Lewis as well as Black Mountain Road
147Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta)Singles at Mt Lewis, Hunter Creek Park and Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
148Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)A few at Cairns Esplanade
149White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger)Only seen at Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
150Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)Common throughout
151White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)Seen at Mt Carbine and Hunter Creek Park
152White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)Seen at O'Reilly's as well as Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
153Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus)Common at Kingfisher Park, Mt Lewis and Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
154Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)A few at Mt Carbine
155Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)Seen at Cattana Wetlands and Centenary Lakes
156Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)Common throughout
157Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis)One seen on Mt Lewis, numerous heard
158Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)Very common at O'Reilly's
159White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)Very common at O'Reilly's, also seen elsewhere
160Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri)A few seen briefly on Mt Lewis, also at Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin and Lake Barrine
161Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra)Fairly common throughout
162Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina)Mt Lewis and Atheron Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
163Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)Common
164Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa)Only seen near Mt Carbine
165Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris)Seen near Mt Carbine as well as Centenary Lakes
166Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki)Common
167Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)A few at Nudgee Beach
168Australian Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii)Fairly common around O'Reilly's
169Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii)A few seen on Mt Lewis
170Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)Fairly common throughout
171White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis)One seen at Mt Carbine, another at Hunter Creek Park
172Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela)Fairly common in woodlands throughout
173Common Cicadabird (Edolisoma tenuirostre)Seen at Mt Coot-tha, also at Centenary Lakes
174Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)Very common at O'Reilly's, heard and sometimes seen elsewhere
175Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)One seen on the way to O'Reilly's, another seen near the canopy walkway
176Bower's Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri)A pair on Mt Lewis
177Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica)Fairly common throughout
178Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)Few at Kingfisher Park and Black Mountain Road
179Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)Fairly common throughout
180Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)One seen at Boondall Wetlands
181Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus)A few at Mt Carbine and Mt Molloy
182Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)One seen at Cattana Wetlands
183Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)Fairly common around Cairns, one bird seen at Brisbane Botanic Gardens
184Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer)Seen on Mt Lewis and Lake Barrine
185White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)Common in Cairns
186Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)Fairly common throughout
187Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)Fairly common throughout
188Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi)Common around Centenary Lakes, heard at Barron Falls
189Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)Common throughout
190Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)Very common at Montville, casual elsewhere
191Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)fairly common throughout
192Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)Common around O'Reilly's and Mt Lewis, also seen at Nudgee Beach
193Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)Fairly common throughout
194Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)Common in wooded areas
195Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)Two birds at O'Reilly's
196Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)One male on Mt Lewis, females seen Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin and Black Mountain Road
197Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis)Fairly common at Mt Lewis, also seen at Mt Coot-tha and Cattana Wetlands
198Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)Very common around Kingfisher Park, also seen at O'Reilly's
199Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi)One female on Mt Lewis
200Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)Common throughout
201Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)Common
202Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito)Breeding around Kingfisher Park, also seen on Mt Lewis and Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
203Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)Very common at O'Reilly's, also seen at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
204Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons)Common on Mt Lewis, also at Mount Hypipamee National Park
205Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)One at Cattana Wetlands
206Tawny Grassbird (Cincloramphus timoriensis)One at O'Reilly's
207Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)Common
208Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)Flocks around Brisbane city centre by the river
209Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)Common throughout
210Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica)Breeding near Kingfisher Park, also seen around Cairns
211Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
212Russet-tailed Thrush (Zoothera heinei)A few at O'Reilly's
213Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)Seen on Mt Lewis, also Barron Falls and Cattana Wetlands
214Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)Fairly common around Cairns
215Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis)Very common
216Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)A few at Cattana Wetlands
217Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)Only seen at Caterson Park
218Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa)A few seen on Mt Lewis, one seen well at the clearing
219Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)Common
220Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax)Common at Kingfisher Park and Cattana Wetlands, a pair seen at Caterson Park
221House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Mammal List:

1Short-beaked EchidnaOne at O'Reilly's at night
2PlatypusOne at Kingfisher Park and another at base of Mt Lewis
3Yellow-footed antechinusA pair seen at Kingfisher Park
4Common brushtail possumOne at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
5Coppery brushtail possumTwo at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
6Striped possumOne at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
7Yellow-bellied gliderOne at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin, expertly found by Christina
8Common ringtail possumCommon at O'Reilly's
9Lumholtz's tree-kangarooOne at Mt Hypipamee and a mother with joey at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin
10Red-legged pademelonVery abundant at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin, also seen at Kingfisher Park
11Red-necked pademelonQuite common around O'Reilly's
12Agile WallabyUp to three groups seen on our way out of O'Reilly's
13Red-necked WallabyOne group seen on our way out of O'Reilly's
14Spectacled Flying FoxCommon at Cairns
15Grey-headed Flying FoxAt colony out of O'Reilly's
16Black Flying FoxAt colony out of O'Reilly's

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your account Matthew, especially while cooped up at home, thanks!