Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 20, 2015

From Mission Beach to Atherton Highlands

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Far North Queensland Birding.

I started off towards Mission Beach looking for a Cassowary, but no dice. I stopped at Licuala picnic area , Djiru National Park and went for a walk along the track. The weather was appalling. Overcast and raining. I saw nothing except and Brown Cuckoo-dove and a Leaden Flycatcher.

Brown Cuckoo-dove
Brown Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia amboinensis)

After lunch at Malanda, I turned off to the Bromfield Swamp and thought I had seen a Sarus Crane but it turned out to be a Jabiru. 🙁 Discouraged, I headed for the Nyleta Wetland – Hasties Swamp National Park. And lo and behold there were thousands and billions of Plumed Whistling-ducks. tick!

Plumed Whistling-duck
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

This one obliged my by standing on a post and posing classically.

Plumed Whistling-duck
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

And this is one in flight. Nice.

Plumed Whistling-duck
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

bird list

Black-necked Stork, Jabiru (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Cattle Egret
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Pacific Black Duck
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Leaden Flycatcher
Australasian Grebe

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