Sunday, 17 July 2022

Kingfisher Lodge, Abattoir Swamp, Big Mitchell Creek, Pickford Road, Kuranda and Cattana Wetlands near Cairn's, Queensland.

Moving on to Cassowary House near to Cairn's.
Australia, Day Thirty One.

Topknot Pigeons (Lopholaimus antarcticus).
We packed the car and then had a quick walk around the track at Kingfisher Lodge before we moved on, we started the day list with Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus), Pacific Emerald (Chalcophaps longirostris), Bar-shouldered (Geopelia humeralis) and Wompoo Fruit-Doves (Ptilinopus magnificus), Hornbill Friarbird (Philemon yorki), Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha), Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) and Australian Bush-turkey (Alectura lathami).
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris).
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris).
We made a short visit to Abattoir Swamp, on the way we had Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) and Black Kite (Milvus migrans) and at the Swamp we recorded Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis), Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris), White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger) and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii).
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii).
We decided to give the Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) another try at Big Mitchell Creek, we parked and walked out to the area below the Power Lines and started to search finding Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Eastern Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis), Yellow (Stomiopera flava) and Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta), Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus), Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) and after a while we heard a call that we didn't recognise which when we foundfound it at the top of a dead tree turned out to be the target Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta).
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii).
Unfortunately the bird quickly disappeared so we went along the side of Lake Mitchell seeing Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Great White Egret (Ardea alba) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis).
Blue Argus (Junonia orithya).
We did a quick drive along Pickford Road where we found Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii), Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax), Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis), Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa), Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus), Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) and Blue Argus (Junonia orithya).
Orange Plane (Pantoporia consimilis).
Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina).
Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina).
Our next stop was in the town of Kuranda where we visited a couple of different Markets, as we walked around we saw a couple of butterfly species, Orange Plane (Pantoporia consimilis) and Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) were both seen in the gardens.
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea).
4 o'clock Moth (Dysphania numana).
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) adult.
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) female.
We finished in the Town and then dropped down to towards Cairn's and then into Cattana wetlands where we walked around the site for a while getting views of Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt), a Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus), Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea), Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula), Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura), Hornbill Friarbird, Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae), Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) and an adult 4 o'clock Moth (Dysphania numana).
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis).
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula).
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus).
We reached the far end of the park but found that the mosquitoes were quite bad so we returned to the car and put on some spray before heading back in again, this time we saw Olive-backed (Oriolus sagittatus) and Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus), Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela), Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) and Green Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus pulchellus).
The Larger Lake At Cattana Wetlands.
Late afternoon at Cattana Wetlands.
We again returned to the car and Ian took us to Cassowary House were we were going to be stopping for the next few days, we met the owner and settled in and whilst we did this we saw and heard a calling Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) before turning in.

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