'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.

 Daintree River  Mt Lewis

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.

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Locations visited

Daintree River

Mt. Lewis

Wildlife

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

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