'Birding Big Day Out'
June 17, 2011 — July 17, 2011
A successful and enjoyable long day out was spent with the 'Daintree Boatman', Murray Hunt, as he showed us around his 'backyard'. Initially we were picked up pre-dawn in a comforable 4WD for transit to the Daintree River, stopping for a spontaneous star talk along the way. Next followed a birding cruise on the river and breakfast in Daintree Village. For the remainder of the day we birded from 'sea to summit' between Daintree and Mt Lewis seeing a large number of habitats and great swag of 'new' birds.
A great 'Big Day Out' was had on the 17th of June with a cruise on the Daintree River followed by a day of birding in the Tablelands including a visit to Mt Lewis. Six of eleven Wet Tropic endemics were observed. Best sightings included a foraging party of Chowchillas followed by Fernwrens and Yellow-throated Scrubwrens. Ten minutes were spent observing this kicking, squabbling, fossicking mixed flock searching for lunch. Male, female and young chowchilla were seen.Read more.
|Land Birds||7 species|
|Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii)||8||Endemic species foraging as a family party|
|Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis)||2||Endemic species following the Chowchillas|
|Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri)||1||Endemic species|
|Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons)||1||Endemic species|
|Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina)||1||Endemic species|
|Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus)||1||Endemic species|
|Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus)||1||Frequently seen on the Daintree River|