Monday, 12 December 2016

Go North -- 11 -- Daintree

Eventually the birding adventure had to finish but there was a last hurrah for Ethan and me. We did an early morning birding cruise on the Daintree River with Sauce Worcester. Highly recommended. It was fantastic. His knowledge of birds is terrific as is his knowledge of all things local be it floral or faunal.

We saw ....

Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana
This bird is a known resident to Sauce. We pulled up near a creek junction,
Sauce played the call once and he appeared out of the bush letting us know
in no uncertain terms that THIS was HIS territory. An impressive bird.
Striated Heron Butorides striatus

Little Bronze-cuckoo Chalcites minutillus
Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azurea
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Rainbow Bee-eaters Merops ornatus
Shining Flycatcher, female Myiagra alecto
Mr S Flycatcher
On our way back to Mossman we observed a whole heap of sticks atop an electricity pole.

Heap of sticks
The Resident, an Eastern Osprey Pandion cristatus
The final bird of the trip to Cape York
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonhcura castaneothorax
So, the number of birds for the 21-day trip was 190.

Magic. f8 and be there!

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