Sunday, 5 October 2014

Queensland, Australia. Nov/Dec. 1994.

Doreen and myself visited Queensland from the 3rd November, 1994 to the 12th December,1994. We flew into Cairns and hired a car for the full period. The only accommodation we booked in advance was for 14 nights at Kingfisher Park, which we used as a base to explore this northern area of Queensland, and O'Reilly's in the Lamington Nation Park for 3 nights, otherwise we arranged accommodation en-route. We drove all the way south to Brisbane stooping frequentlyat birding locations, and I also took a flight out to Lady Elliott's Island.

The following are some of the views and birds etc. we saw during out stay.

2 x views taken at the Centenary Lakes at Cairns.

Views taken on the Atherton Tablelands.

Hastie Swamp, Atherton Tablelands.

Lake Eacham on the Atherton Tablelands.

Arriving for our stay at Kingfisher Park.

John & Doreen outside their chalet at Kingfisher Park.

The Platypus stream at Kingfisher Park.

Road around Kingfisher Park.

Michaelmas Cay out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Doreen birding on Michaelmas Cay.

The drive out to Maryfarms.

Views looking north along the North Queensland coast.

The Daintree Billabong.

Forest creek in the Daintree area.

Views of our Daintree River Boat trip.

Southern Cassowary forests at Mission Beach.

Stop off near Townsville

Lady Elliott's Island from the air.

Lamington National Park.

Mt. Glorious, near Brisbane.

Girraween National Park.

Yellow Throated Scrub-wren on the Atherton Tablelands.

Yellow Tufted Honeyeater

Yellow Honeyeater near Cairns.

Yellow-billed, & Royal Spoonbills with Littel Egret

Yellow-billed Spoonbill at the Crocodile Farm, Cairns.

Woonga Pigeon at O'Reilly's

Wompoo Fruit Dove near Kingfisher Park

Willie Wagtails at the Centenary Lakes, Cairns.

White Throated Honeyeater

White Winged Chough near Bowen

White Throated Treecreeper

White Throated Gerygone

White Plumed Honeyeater

Australian White Ibis at Centenary Lakes

White Faced Heron

Breeding colony of White Capped Noddies on Lady Elliott's Island.

White Capped Noody on Michaelmas Cay.

White Capped Noddies on Lady Elliott's Island.

White Browed Woodwallows near Sundown National Park.
male top, & female lower

White Browed Scrub-wren

White Browed Robins

White Browed Crake

White Bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Wandering Whistling-ducks

Whistling Kites


Victoria Riflebird

Variegated Fairy-wren

Varied Sittella

Varied Honeyeater

Turquoise Parrot

Tree Frog at Kingfisher Park

Torresian Imperial Pigeon at Cairns

Top Knot Pigeons at Mt. Lewis

Tawny Frogmouth

Superb Fairy-wrens

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Striped Honeyeater

Straw Necked Ibis near Cairns

Squatter Pigeons at Maryfarms

Spotless Crake at Sherwood Park, Brisbane

Spotted Catbird at Kingfisher Park

Spectacled Monarch at Kingfisher Park

Speckled Warbler

Southern Cassowary at Mission Beach

Sooty Terns


Silver Gull

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Party of Sharp Tailed Sandpipers along the Cairns Esplanade

Sharp Tailed Sandpipers

Scarlet Robins

Scaly Breasted Lorikeet

Satin Bowerbird's bower at O'Reilly's

Satin Bowerbird

Sarus Cranes on the Atherton Tablelands

Sacred Kingfisher

Rufous Whistlers

Immature Rufous Night Heron at the Daintree Billabong

Adult Rufous Night Heron

Royal Spoonbills with Australian Pelican along the Cairns Esplanade

Royal Spoonbills

Roseate Terns on Lady Elliott's Island

Ros Crowned Fruit-dove near Kingfisher Park

Australian Richards Pipit

Doreen with a male Regents Bowerbird at O'Reilly's

Male Regent Bowerbirds at O'Reilly's

Pair of Regent Bowerbirds at O'Reilly's

Red Tailed Tropicbirds on Lady Elliott's Island

Red-winged Parrot near Maryfarms

Red Wattlebird

Red Necked Stints

Red Kneeded Dotterels at the Daintree Billabong

Red-capped Robin

Red-capped Plovers

Red Browed Firetail at Kingfisher Park

Red-winged Fairy-wren on the Atherton Tablelands

Rainbow Lorikeet

Duck-billed Platypus at Kingfisher Park

Rainbow Bee-eaters at Mission Beach

Radjah Shelducks on Centenary Lakes
(scarce in Northern Queensland)

Huge Numbers (approx. 3,000) Plumed Whistling-ducks on Tinaburra Lake

Plumed Whistling-ducks on Tinaburra Lake

Pink Eared Duck with Grey Teal on the Daintree Billabong

Pied Oystercatchers

Pied Heron on the Daintree Billabong
(scarce in Queensland)

Pied Currawong

Peaceful Dove at Kingfisher Park

Pied Butcherbird

Pheasant Coucal

Papuan Frogmouth at Cairns

Pale Yellow Robin at Kingfisher Park

Pacific Heron

Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Duck

Pacific Baza at Cairns


Owlet Nightjar (highlight of our night drive at Kingfisher Park)

Orange-footed Scrubfowl at Kingfisher Park

Noisy Pitta just north of Kingfisher Park

Noisy Miners

New Holland Honeyeaters


Marsh Sandpiper at the Daintree Billabong

Masked Wood-swallow

Masked Plover

Mangrove Robin

Party of Maned Ducks

Magpie Geese on the Daintree Billabong

Macleay's Honeyeater at Paluma tea house


Lizard sp.

Little Tern north of Cairns.

Little Shrike-thrush
(hit the car, but was released unharmed)

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Friarbird

Little Curlew at the turf farm at Edmonton

Little Bronze Cuckoo in the mangroves, north of Cairns

Lewin's Honeyeater at Kingfisher Park

Lesser Sooty Owl behind the chalets at Kingfisher Park

Laughing Kookaburras

Latham Snipe at Alexander Park, Bundeberg

Koala Bear on Mt. Glorious, Brisbane

Jacky Winter

Intermediate Egret at the Daintree Billabong

Immature Hooded Robin

Hardhead on lake Eacham

Gull-billed Tern & Silver Gull on the Cairns Esplanade

Gull-billed Tern

Grey-tailed Tattlers on the beach north of Cairns

Grey Shrike-thrush

Grey Headed Robin coming to its nest on the Atherton Tablelands

Pair of Green Pygmy Geese

Green & Cotton Pygmy Geese

Lesser (majority) & Greater Sand-plovers

Great Knot along the Cairns Esplanade

Great Bowerbird

Great Bowerbird bower

Great Bowerbird attending to its bower

Golden Whistler

Golden Headed Cisticola

Golden Bowerbird's bower on Mt. Lewis

male Golden Bowerbird on Mt. Lewis

Galahs at Maryfarms

Fungi at O'Reilly's

Forest Kingfisher


Fantailed Cuckoo

Fairy Martin

Emerald Ground-dove at Kingfisher Park

Eastern Yellow Robin

Adult Eastern Whipbird sunning itself

Immature Eastern Whipbird

Eastern Spinebill at O'Reilly's

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Kangaroos

Eastern Curlews

Double Barred Finch

Diamond Firetail

Darter at Lake Tinaroo

Crimson Rosella at O'Reilly's

Crested Terns

Colony of Crested Terns on Michaelmas Cay

Crested Tern with Common Noddy

Crested Tern on Michaelmas Cay

Crested Shrike-tit

Crested Pigeons

Cotton Pygmy Goose

Common Noddy on Michaelmas Cay

Common Bronzewing near O'Reilly's

Collared Kingfisher


Clamorous Reed Warbler

Chestnut Rumped Hylacola at Girraween Nat. Park

Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage

Caspian Terns etc along the Cairns Esplanade

Spotted Thick-knees at Cairns

Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfishers at Kingfisher Park

Buff Banded Rails on Lady Elliott's Island

Brush Cuckoo

Brush Bronzewing at Tin Can Bay
(scarce in Queensland)

Brown Tree Creeper

Female Brown Songlark

Brown Honeyeater

Brown Cuckoo-dove up Mt. Lewis

Brolgas at Townsville

Bridled Terns

Bowers Shrike-thrush at Kingfisher Park

Blue Winged Kookaburra near the Abboitor Swamp

Blue Faced Honeyeater at Kingfisher Park

Black-tailed Native-hen at Bowen

Black Swan

Black Necked Stork at the Crocodile Farm, Edmonton

Black Necked Stilts & Australian Grebes at the Crocodile Farm, Edmonton.

Black Naped Terns with Crested Terns near Bowen

Black Fronted Plovers at the Daintree Billabong

Black Faced Wood-swallow

Beach Thick-knees

Bar Shouldered & Peaceful Doves at Kingfisher Park

Baillions Crakes at Sherwood Park, Brisbane

Australian Pelican along the Cairns Esplanade

Australian Pratincole at the Daintree Billabong


King Parrots at O'Reilly's

Doreen feeding the King Parrots at O'Reilly's

Australian Fernwren on the Atherton Tablelands

Australian Bustards at Maryfarms

Australian Brush Turkeys

Australian Avocets at Bowen


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