Sunday, October 11, 2009

Far North Queensland Trip Birdlist - including Cairns, Iron Range, Atherton Tablelands and Daintree

Below is the triplist for my recent birding holiday to North Queensland. Around 250 species were seen or heard. In addition other trip members saw Crested Pigeon and White-throated Gerygone. There were also unidentified dark terns, noddies and frigatebird off Chilli Beach.

1. Emu - male with chicks Mareeba, male with chicks near Archer River
2. Southern Cassowary – Jindalbin boardwalk Daintree NP
3. Orange-footed Scrubfowl - common
4. Australian Brush-turkey – including race purpureicollis at Iron Range
5. Brown Quail – Covey of 6-8 birds at Julatten
6. Wandering Whistling-duck – 1 bird near Laura
7. Plumed Whistling-duck – 1000’s of birds in farmland near Atherton and at Hastie’s Swamp
8. Australian Wood Duck – Tinaroo and odd birds on Tablelands
9. Black Swan
10. Magpie Goose – 100’s of birds in farmland near Atherton and at Hastie’s Swamp. Odd birds elsewhere
11. Green Pygmy-goose – Mareeba Wetlands, Lake Mitchell, odd birds at other wetlands
12. Hardhead – Over 100 at Lake Barrine
13. Pacific Black Duck
14. Grey Teal – odd birds, not particularly common
15. Great Crested Grebe – Over 100 at Lake Barrine
16. Hoary-headed Grebe – 1 at Lake Barrine
17. Australasian Grebe – most wetlands
18. Darter – most wetlands
19. Great Cormorant – Lake Barrine and Tinaroo
20. Little Black Cormorant
21. Little Pied Cormorant
22. Australian Pelican
23. Great-billed Heron – Seen late afternoon from bridge near Daintree Village
24. White-necked Heron – wetlands on Tablelands
25. White-faced Heron
26. Pied Heron – Lockhart River sewerage treatment works
27. Cattle Egret
28. Little Egret
29. Eastern Reef Egret – Esplanade, Portland Roads, Lockhart Rover beach
30. Great Egret
31. Intermediate Egret
32. Nankeen Night Heron – Immature at Daintree Valley Haven
33. Striated Heron – Esplanade
34. Black Bittern – Daintree River cruise
35. Glossy Ibis – small numbers on wetlands including Lockhart River STW
36. Straw-necked Ibis
37. Australian White Ibis
38. Royal Spoonbill
39. Yellow-billed Spoonbill – not nearly as common as Royal
40. Black-shouldered Kite – odd birds on Tablelands and near Mossman, surprisingly scarce
41. Pacific Baza – pair near Mareeba Wetlands
42. Black Kite - abundant
43. Whistling Kite - abundant
44. Brahminy Kite – regular near coast
45. Red Goshawk – near Musgrave Station
46. Brown Goshawk – regularly seen
47. Osprey – common on wetlands on Tablelands, also Esplanade, Cairns harbour and Daintree
48. White-bellied Sea-eagle – Esplanade, Lake Barrine, Daintree and in dry creek bed near Musgrave
49. Wedge-tailed Eagle – odd birds soaring
50. Spotted Harrier – one bird near Atherton, one bird near Julatten
51. Brown Falcon
52. Nankeen Kestrel – odd birds, not abundant
53. Peregrine Falcon – Lockhart River, Julatten
54. Sarus Crane – flocks around in fields around Atherton, largest flock counted was 64 birds. Also 3 birds in wetland near Laura
55. Red-necked Crake – Daintree Valley Haven, birds seen under and around various boardwalks in Daintree NP on 5 occasions
56. Buff-banded Rail – common at Hastie’s Swamp and nearby grassy verges
57. Purple Swamphen – Hastie’s Swamp
58. Eurasian Coot – Lake Barrine
59. Australian Bustard – Maryfarms, fields near Atherton, road between Lakelands and Laura
60. Bush Stone-curlew – Cairns
61. Beach Stone-curlew – Esplanade
62. Latham’s Snipe – birds seen on Tablelands certainly this species, at least one bird at Lockhart River STW probably different species – Swinhoes?
63. Bar-tailed Godwit – Esplanade
64. Black-tailed Godwit – Esplanade
65. Eastern Curlew – Esplanade, Newell’s Beach
66. Whimbrel – Esplanade
67. Common Greenshank – Esplanade
68. Common Sandpiper – Esplanade, Lockhart River STW, Daintree River
69. Grey-tailed Tattler – Esplanade, Newell’s Beach
70. Terek Sandpiper – Esplanade
71. Asian Dowitcher – Esplanade
72. Ruddy Turnstone – Lockhart River beach
73. Great Knot – Esplanade
74. Red-necked Stint – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
75. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – Esplanade, Lockhart River STW
76. Curlew Sandpiper – Esplanade
77. Comb-crested Jacana – most wetlands with lilypads
78. Pied Oystercatcher – Esplanade
79. Black-winged Stilt – Hastie’s Swamp
80. Pacific Golden Plover – Esplanade, Chilli Beach, Lockhart River beach
81. Grey Plover – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
82. Red-capped Plover – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
83. Lesser Sand Plover – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
84. Greater Sand Plover – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
85. Black-fronted Dotterel – Esplanade, Daintree River
86. Masked Lapwing
87. Silver Gull – Esplanade, small numbers at other beaches
88. Laughing Gull – Seen at Esplanade on most visits
89. Caspian Tern – Esplanade, Newell’s Beach
90. Gull-billed Tern – Esplanade, Chilli Beach
91. Crested Tern – most coastal locations
92. Lesser Crested Tern – Newell’s Beach
93. Little Tern – Cairn’s harbour, Newell’s Beach
94. Spotted Dove – around Cairns
95. Feral Pigeon – around Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton
96. Peaceful Dove – common most locations
97. Bar-shouldered Dove – common
98. Brown Cuckoo-dove – odd birds at most rainforest habitat visited
99. Topknot Pigeon – Lake Barrine and Eacham
100. Emerald Dove – common in rainforest habitat
101. Common Bronzewing – Artemis Station
102. Squatter Pigeon – 3 birds seen on edge of unsealed road out from Lakelands
103. Pied Imperial-Pigeon – common and prominent in most near coast areas
104. White-headed Pigeon – Lake Barrine, Mount Lewis, Rainforest Track (IR)
105. Superb Fruit-dove – Calling in most rainforest habitat, a number of good views in various parts of the Iron Range
106. Rose-crowned Fruit-dove – Calling, good views at Portland Roads and Old Coen Track
107. Wompoo Fruit-dove – Calling in most rainforest habitat, good views at Lake Barrine and on Daintree River cruise
108. Palm Cockatoo – always seen on flight, near Lockhart River, Airport and start of the Old Coen Track
109. Red-tailed Black Cockatoo – Artemis Station, Musgrave Station, Archer River and near Atherton
110. Galah – Musgrave Station, odd birds elsewhere – not abundant
111. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – widespread and common
112. Rainbow Lorikeet – abundant
113. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet – Esplanade, Mt Molloy, Lake Barrine, Daintree River
114. Double-eyed Fig Parrot – race macleayana common and regularly heard and seen in Cairns, Daintree and on the Tablelands, race marshalli regularly heard and seen at rainforest locations in Iron Range
115. Eclectus Parrot – seen daily flying and screeching overhead, seen perched at Smuggler’s Tree and in tall rainforest on the entrance road
116. Red-cheeked Parrot – regularly seen flying and screeching overhead, good views had at Rainforest Track, Lockhart River STW and in tall rainforest on the entrance road
117. Red-winged Parrot – Mt Molloy, Musgrave, Archer River and elsewhere along road
118. Pale-headed Rosella – Mareeba, Musgrave
119. Golden-shouldered Parrot – Artemis Station, around 25 birds, awesome moment!!
120. Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo – heard often at Rainforest Track, no amount of crappy call imitation or whistling could bring them in
121. Shining Bronze-cuckoo – Hastie’s Swamp
122. Little Bronze-cuckoo – (Gould’s) Daintree River Cruise
123. Common Koel – heard around Cairns, seen at Atherton and Daintree
124. Channel-billed Cuckoo – Kingfisher Park and Daintree
125. Pheasant Coucal – regularly seen on Tablelands, Daintree and Iron Range
126. Sooty Owl – heard only several times at Kingfisher Park
127. Barn Owl – 2 birds seen at Kingfisher Park, some conjecture that they could be Masked Owl
128. Papuan Frogmouth – 2 birds at Kingfisher Park, bird on nest during Daintree River cruise, roadkilled bird near Cape Tribulation
129. Australian Owlet-nightjar – heard at Kingfisher Park and Iron Range
130. Large-tailed Nightjar – several birds seen and heard on road from Portland Roads to Lockhart River
131. Australian Swiftlet – common
132. Little Kingfisher – heard and untickable view on Daintree River cruise
133. Azure Kingfisher – Daintree River and Daintree Valley Haven
134. Laughing Kookaburra
135. Blue-winged Kookaburra – quite common
136. Forest Kingfisher – very common on wires
137. Collared Kingfisher – heard only in mangroves near Esplanade
138. Yellow-billed Kingfisher – heard only many times in Iron Range
139. Rainbow Bee-eater – common
140. Dollarbird – single birds near Portland Roads and Esplanade
141. Noisy Pitta – Cook’s Hut, Gordon’s Creek and Daintree NP
142. White-throated Treecreeper – Tablelands rainforest
143. Lovely Fairy Wren – Iron Range, Gillies Highway
144. Red-backed Fairy Wren – Iron Range, Big Mitchell Creek, Abattoir Swamp
145. Striated Pardalote – Mareeba Wetlands
146. Yellow-throated Scubwren – Mt Lewis
147. Fernwren – Mt Lewis
148. Large-billed Scrubwren – Kingfisher Park, Lake Barrine
149. Atherton Scrubwren – Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee
150. Tropical Scrubwren – common in most rainforest locations in Iron Range – can be quite secretive
151. Brown Gerygone – Mt Lewis, Lake Barrine, Mt Hypipamee
152. Large-billed Gerygone – Daintree River cruise, Centenary Lakes
153. Fairy Gerygone – Rainforest Track, Portland Roads, Chilli Beach, Daintree Valley Haven
154. Mountain Thornbill – Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee
155. Little Friarbird – Musgrave, Mareeba
156. Helmeted Friarbird – Cairns, Tablelands, Musgrave, Iron Range
157. Blue-faced Honeyeater
158. Noisy Miner – one bird only at Tinaroo
159. Lewin’s Honeyeater – quite common at Tableland’s rainforest locations
160. Yellow-spotted Honeyeater – Iron Range, Tablelands, Daintree
161. Graceful Honeyeater – Iron Range, Tablelands, Daintree
162. Bridled Honeyeater – Lake Eacham, Kingfisher Park, Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee
163. Yellow-faced Honeyeater – Hastie’s Swamp
164. Yellow Honeyeater – Esplanade, Musgrave, Iron Range
165. Varied Honeyeater – Esplanade, Cape Trib, Portland Roads
166. White-throated Honeyeater – Artemis Station, Archer River, Iron Range
167. White-cheeked Honeyeater – Hastie’s Swamp
168. White-streaked Honeyeater – Common and the dominant honeyeater species in flowering callistemon at the Pascoe River ford
169. Eastern Spinebill – Lake Barrine
170. Brown-backed Honeyeater – quite common and widespread, nesting on Daintree River
171. Macleay’s Honeyeater – quite common on Tableland’s rainforest locations especially Kingfisher Park and Lake Eacham
172. Tawny-breasted Honeyeater - first Iron Range special seen, ended up being quite common throughout the Iron Range area
173. Green-backed Honeyeater – at nest near the Portland Roads – Lockhart Rover junction, also seen Rainforest Camp, start of old Coen Track and Lockhart River STW
174. Banded Honeyeater – Single bird at Mareeba
175. Dusky Honeyeater – common, one of those distracting birds you think might be something else until you get a look at it
176. Scarlet Honeyeater – Lake Barrine, Kingfisher Park
177. Brown Honeyeater – common around Cairns and Daintree, odd birds elsewhere
178. Yellow-breasted Boatbill – Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee, Wongabel State Forest, Iron Range
179. Pale-yellow Robin – most Tableland’s rainforest locations, especially at Kingfisher Park
180. White-faced Robin – common rainforest bird in Iron Range
181. Mangrove Robin – 2 birds in mangroves at end of Esplanade, responded to my crappy whistles. Beware the sandflies!!!
182. Grey-headed Robin – common in Tableland’s rainforest locations
183. Chowchilla – Mt Lewis, Lake Barrine, Mt Hypipamee
184. Northern Scrub-robin – calling and seen very well at Cook’s hut toilet. Calling at start of Old Coen track
185. Grey-crowned Babbler – Artemis Station
186. Eastern Whipbird – Tableland’s rainforest locations
187. Grey Whistler – Rainforest Track, Mt Lewis
188. Golden Whistler – Mt Lewis
189. Rufous Whistler – heard often, seen at Pascoe River
190. Grey Shrike-Thrush – drier parts of Tablelands
191. Little Shrike-Thrush – common at most rainforest locations
192. Bower’s Shrike-Thrush – Mt Lewis and Mt Hypipamee
193. Black-winged Monarch – Single bird seen well on road near start of Old Coen Track
194. Spectacled Monarch – common in most rainforest locations. Race albiventris at Iron Range
195. White-eared Monarch – Gordons Creek
196. Frilled Monarch – Gordons Creek, tall rainforest on IR entrance road
197. Pied Monarch – common at Wongabel State Forest
198. Leaden Flycatcher – Big Mitchell Creek
199. Shining Flycatcher – Cook’s Hut, Daintree River and NP
200. Willie Wagtail
201. Rufous Fantail – Lake Barrine
202. Grey Fantail - quite common, several different races
203. Northern Fantail – Abattoir Swamp carpark
204. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike – seen regularly, not as common as white-bellied
205. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike – seen regularly
206. Barred Cuckoo-shrike – Kingfisher Park and along IR entrance Road
207. White-winged Triller – Mt Carbine, Cairns
208. Varied Triller – Iron Range
209. Olive-backed Oriole – Cook’s Hut
210. Yellow Oriole – widespread and calling everywhere
211. Figbird – widespread
212. White-breasted Woodswallow – common on overhead wires
213. Black Butcherbird – Old Coen Track, Daintree, Centenary Lakes
214. Black-backed Butcherbird – common around Musgrave, Archer River
215. Pied Butcherbird – common inland
216. Magpie-lark
217. Australian Magpie – seen regularly but nowhere common like down south
218. Pied Currawong – seen on Development Road at a number of locations
219. Magnificent Riflebird - heard calling throughout IR, seen at most IR locations
220. Victoria’s Riflebird – Mt Lewis, Lake Barrine, Mt Hypipamee
221. Trumpet Manucode – heard and seen at most IR locations
222. Spangled Drongo – at times large flocks of these seen, probably migrating south
223. Torresian Crow – quite common inland, often on roadkill
224. Apostlebird – Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine,
225. Spotted Catbird – heard at Iron Range, seen Daintree, Kingfisher Park, Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee, Lake Barrine
226. Tooth-billed Bowerbird – Calling and displaying at Mt Lewis, Mt Hypipamee and Lake Barrine, allowed very close approach
227. Satin Bowerbird – nesting at Mt Hypipamee
228. Fawn-breasted Bowerbird – on wires at Lockhart River, also along road to Portland Roads and Chilli Beach
229. Great Bowerbird – common at inland locations, including well presented bower at Musgrave
230. Richard’s Pipit – Tablelands, Mossman
231. Singing Bushlark – single bird near Mossman
232. Double-barred Finch – Mareeba, Pascoe River, Artemis Station
233. Masked Finch – Artemis Station
234. Red-browed Finch – Kingfisher Park, Mareeba, Daintree
235. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin – Mareeba, Hastie’s Swamp, Mossman, Daintree valley
236. Nutmeg Mannikin – Esplanade
237. House Sparrow – Cairns, Mossman, Mareeba, Atherton
238. Yellow-bellied Sunbird – common, including in the main bar at the Mt Molloy pub J
239. Mistletoebird – Calling and seen often
240. Welcome Swallow
241. Tree Martin – good numbers in lowlands around Cairns
242. Fairy Martin – less than Tree Martin
243. Australian Reed-warbler – Mareeba Wetlands
244. Tawny Grassbird – Daintree River
245. Rufous Songlark – near Atherton, near Mossman
246. Golden-headed Cisticola – Daintree, Lockhart River, near Portland Roads
247. Zitting Cisticola – in grassland near the Lockhart River – Portland Roads turnoff
248. Silvereye –
249. Metallic Starling – regularly seen, the huge flocks coming in to the offshore islands at Chilli beach were definitely worth checking out
250. Common Myna – Cairns to Daintree


Mammals and Reptiles are not really my specialty but did try to keep some records of what I could identify.

Mammal List
- Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo - Mt Lewis Road
- Striped Possum - Kingfisher Park
- Northern Brown Bandicoot - Kingfisher Park, Daintree Valley
- Musky Rat Kangaroo - Lake Barrine
- Melomys species - Kingfisher Park
- Bush Rat - Kingfisher Park
- Agile Wallaby - not so agile at dodging traffic
- Flying Foxes - Cairns and Iron Range - unsure of species
- Lots of small bats


Reptiles
- Coastal Taipan - Iron Range
- Estuarine Crocodile - Daintree River, Trinity Inlet
- Eastern Water Dragon - Lake Eacham
- Saw-shelled Turtle - Lake Eacham
- Boyd's Forest Dragon - Curtain Tree Fig
- numerous other lizards and skinks

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