Wednesday, 6 July 2022

The Daintree area, Queensland.

Going North to the Rain Forests around Daintree Crocodylus.
Australia, Day Twenty One.

Crossing the Daintree River.

After Packing we left the Cairns Queens Court Hotel and headed for Rain Forest Accommodation at Crocodylus in the Daintree area.
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) female.
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) male.
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) male.
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) female.
On our way North we started the days list off with Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Hornbill Friarbird (Philemon yorki), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae), Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) and White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus).
Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus).
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis).
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis).
Skipper species from beach side forest.
Purple Cerulean (Jamides Phaseli).
Australian Magpie Moth (Nyctemera secundiana).
We pulled off the Captain Cook Highways at a good looking spot where we had a look in the trees and scrub along the beach near by and picked up a few nice species including Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis), Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula), Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus), Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus), Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata), White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) as well as Purple Cerulean (Jamides Phaseli), a smart Skipper species which still needs a name and a distinctive Moth called the Australian Magpie Moth (Nyctemera secundiana).
Radjah Shelduck (Radjah radjah).
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata).
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata).
Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus).
Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa).
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea).
We continued on to Port Douglas where we first of all had a short fruitless walk along the sea front before checking out the Warri Park Wetland which was much more productive, Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Radjah Shelduck (Radjah radjah), Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata), Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea), White-breasted Woodswallow and Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) were seen but Deb also had a fly over Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) which I missed.
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus).

Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus).
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris).
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris).
Scalloped Grass-yellow (Eurema alitha).
Chalky Percher (Diplacodes trivialis) ???????
We also saw a couple of insect species, the nice Scalloped Grass-yellow (Eurema alitha) and a good number of what I think were the blue Chalky Percher (Diplacodes trivialis) dragonfly.
Orange Bush-brown (Mycalesis terminus).
Crow Butterfly species ?????
Yellow Migrant (Catopsilia gorgophone).
Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) ????
We drove on towards the Daintree Ferry picking up Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Black (Milvus migrans) and Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) on the way and in the queue waiting for the Ferry we added a male Leaden Flycatcher and Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus).
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus).

Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus).

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) male.

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) male.

Once we were over the river we parked and checked the verges out to allow the rest of the cars off so we didn't have any traffic behind us to make birding easier, we found Orange Bush-brown (Mycalesis terminus), Yellow Migrant (Catopsilia gorgophone) and what was probably a Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina).
White-clubbed Swift (Sabera caesina).
Large Green-banded Blue (Danis danis).
Greenish Grass-dart (Ocybadistes walkeri) ?????
Banded Demon (Notocrypta waigensis).
We continued on to Crocodylus and after a few problems with checking in we went to our accommodation which were basic to say the least but did for the two nights we were there, JUST.
Slender Skimmer (Orthetrum sabina) ????
Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila pilipes) ??????
In and around the camp we found several interesting bird species including Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus), Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura), Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster) as well as White-clubbed Swift (Sabera caesina), Large Green-banded Blue (Danis danis), Greenish Grass-dart (Ocybadistes walkeri) ?????  Banded Demon (Notocrypta waigensis) and back at the camp after dark we found what we think was a massive Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila pilipes).

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