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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".

Rainbow Lorikeet

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Willy Wagtail

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - look more like a crow from distance

Olive-backed Sunbird

Laughing Kookaburra

Spangled Drongo

Pacific Black Duck

Dusky Honeyeater

Eastern Spinebill

Australian Figbird

Bush Stone-curlew

Threat-display by the bird as I accidentally approached its nest

Noisy Pitta

Purple Swamphen

Rufous Fantail

Spotted Catbird - A nearly endemic to Wet Tropics

Lewin's Honeyeater

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:

Bower of the Tooth-billed Bowerbird

Great 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

Magpie Lark

White-breasted Woodswallow

Sarus Crane

Whistling Kite

Buff-banded Rail

Masked Lapwing

Red-capped Plover

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Chowchilla - Wet Tropics Endemic

Australian Bustard - it's now quite rare to see one

Red-winged Parrot

Golden-headed Cisticola

Black-necked Stork - Good to see one!

Collared Sparrowhawk chased by a Willy Wagtail


Leaden Flycatcher

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-backed Fairy-wren

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Australian Darter

Yellow Honeyeater

Varied Sittella

Pale-headed Rosella

Black Kite - Doesn't look quite like the one in Hong Kong which has a pale head

White-throated Honeyeater

Sacred Kingfisher

Bar-shouldered Dove

Yellow-throated Scrubwren

Pied Imperial-Pigeon

Silver Gull

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.

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