Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 25, 2015

Cardwell to Bowen Birding

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Cardwell, Queensland.

I missed out on seeing a crocodile off the beach of Cardwell this morning. I rocked up at the tourist information center and then went for a look at the wharf and some guy told me there was a crocodile crusising along the beach. I was a bit skeptical at first but a few others said they saw it too. I was talking to a local aboriginal man and he said that the croc regularly cruises along the beach and that he eats turtles!

Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti flaviventris)

This is the northern “Yellow Figbird”, the flaviventris race of the Australasian Figbird. They have a very yellow front. The other unusual sights I saw were a pair of Pied Oystercatchers on the beach and a Brahminy Kite circling high overhead. There is also a New Guinea pigeon that comes here periodically that is white with black wingtips. (Pied Imperial Pigeon) But I never saw it. There also may be a pair of Beach Stone-curlews at the southern end of Cardwell Beach. But again, never saw ’em. 🙁

Cardwell bird list

Australasian Figbird
Little Egret
Pied Oystercatcher
White-breasted Woodswallow
Brahminy Kite

Ingham – Tyto Wetlands

This is from the the afternoon session at Tyto Wetlands. I forgot to add it to the other lot. doh! A tick for the Nutmeg Mannikin.

Nutmeg Mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulata)

Ayr – Plantation Park – Juru Walk

I was quite surprised to see the Olive-backed Sunbird here at Ayr. I had seen this bird in South-east Asia before and I knew that we had only one sunbird. But maybe I had not seen a male before with its black chin and bright yellow colors. Also called Yellow-bellied Sunbird.

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarina jugularis)

I think he is sticking out his tongue here! I guess it is for sucking up nectar from the flowers.

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarina jugularis)

Here is a reasonable shot of a Blue-winged Kookaburra, mainly because other ones have been a bit dark.

Blue-winged Kookaburra
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)

I walked across the Burdekin River bridge but there was not much below. Just a heap of Pacific Black Ducks and a few Comb-crested Jacana.

Ayr bird list

Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarina jugularis)
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
Yellow Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Leaden Flycatcher
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Rainbow Bee-eater
Peaceful Dove
Sacred Kingfisher
Olive-backed Oriole
Australian Pelican
Little Pied Cormorant
Noisy Friarbird

Cape Edgecumbe – Bowen

Arriving in Bowen, I went to Cape Edgecumbe, hoping to see some boobys or frigatebirds but all I got was this great shot showing the big schnoz of the Helmeted Friarbird.

Helmeted Friarbird
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)

Later, I am going to Muller’s Lagoon for a look.

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