標題: Queensland birdwatching - Atherton Tableland and surrounding area [打印本頁] 作者:
chiujai 時間: 2010-11-26 12:58 標題: Queensland birdwatching - Atherton Tableland and surrounding area
Got a chance to work in Queensland and squeezed some time to do birding. I had done it mainly in Atherton Tableland near Cairns and the surrounding area. Didn't see a lot of species but some of them are quite fascinating. Rainforests there are classified as Wet Tropics World Heritage which contains lots of flora and fauna. Field guide I used is "The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds".
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - look more like a crow from distance
Pacific Black Duck
Threat-display by the bird as I accidentally approached its nest
Spotted Catbird - A nearly endemic to Wet Tropics
Grey-headed Robin - Wet Tropics Endemic
Bridled Honeyeater - Wet Tropics Endemic
Australian White Pelican
Tooth-billed Bowerbird - Wet Tropics Endemic. It is the group of birds which builds bower and collect shiny and colorful stuff to display. You may find many video clips about Bowerbirds on Youtube such as: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1zmfTr2d4c
Bower of the Tooth-billed Bowerbird
It will give a flower as a gift to a female bird which is attracted to visit its bower!
Victoria's Riflebird - Wet Tropics Endemic, one of the four Birds of Paradise found in Australia
Chowchilla - Wet Tropics Endemic
Australian Bustard - it's now quite rare to see one
Black-necked Stork - Good to see one!
Collared Sparrowhawk chased by a Willy Wagtail
Lesser Sooty Owl - Someone proposed that it should be merged with Sooty Owl
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher - The most beautiful Kingfisher I have ever seen. Definitely a must-twitch bird!
Black Kite - Doesn't look quite like the one in Hong Kong which has a pale head
Eastern Barn Owl
Southern Cassowary - A huge flightless bird which is related to Ostrich and Emu. Listed as Vulnerable in IUCN Redlist. Lucky to see a father with three chicks. The little chicks are definitely not little.