Australia Dec 2008 - Part 4 (incl 20+ photos)

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7 years 9 months ago #18259 by peter sharland
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Hi all

This is the fourth part of a photographic trip report for Oz in December 2008, and contains quite a few poor quality photos.
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Our final six days consisted of 5 nights in northern Queensland (Cairns and surrounds), followed by an overnight stopover
on the way back to Perth (at a B&B in the Dandenongs to the east of Melbourne). If anyone is interested in the long and
chatty trip report that Jenny has written, please mail me off-forum and I will happily oblige.


Bush Stone-curlew on the fringes of Cairns cemetery



A view down the coast to the north of Cairns



Wompoo Fruit Dove, Kingfisher Park



Spotted Catbird, Mount Lewis (it has the most amazing call, which can be heard from far away)



Topknot Pigeon, Kingfisher Park



Noisy Pitta, Kingfisher Park (taken in the poor light of very early morning)


Red-browed Finch, Kingfisher Park



Blue-faced Honeyeater, Kingfisher Park



The coastline near Mission Beach, about 120 kms. south of Cairns



Beach Stone-Curlew, near Mission Beach



Western Reef Heron, near Mission beach



Wandering Tattler, near Mission Beach (the distinguishing features were clearly visible thro' our binos)



Looking back towards Cairns, on the way out to the Great Barrier Reef



Michaelmas Cay, where we could have spent a lot more time.......



Common Noddies (or is that Noddys?)



The Brown Boobies were quite shy, and skulked away towards the cordoned-off part of the island



The famous mudflats at Cairns Esplanade



Little Egret, Cairns



Bartailed Godwit, Cairns (juvenile?)



Eastern Curlew, Cairns



Eastern Curlew, Cairns



Crimson Rosella, Dandenongs (I know it is common, but the colours just blew us away)



Australian King Parrot, Dandenongs

All-in-all, it was an amazing two weeks in Oz; of the 240 species seen, 226 were lifers!

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7 years 9 months ago #18281 by waldens@faerieglen
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Thanks Peter, we definitely need to go, the birdlife is incredible, and the colours are amazing. We're planning a trip "down under" early next year - I will contact you for a trip report later on. We will be going to NZ and hopefully Australia too.

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7 years 9 months ago #18343 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Australia Dec 2008 - Part 4 (incl 20+ photos)
Hi Amanda

Australia is so huge; we decided to visit the places we did on the basis of
- getting good weather during our stay at the particular place
- birder-friendly place to stay
- the wow factor (we would like to go there even if few birds are seen)
- if we stay at least 3 nights, how many possible birds are on the list?
- we prefer to guide ourselves
- we wanted to visit friends in Perth

Of the four stops, Cairns and Rottnest Island were our favourites.

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7 years 9 months ago #18344 by waldens@faerieglen
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That's basically what we'll do if/when we go. We have friends in Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney, so guides are free <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
By the way, happy birthday for Wednesday. (A little birdie told me <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> )

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7 years 9 months ago #19211 by Batmad
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Fantastic photos and trip reports <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

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7 years 9 months ago #19270 by JGB
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Great photos Peter, it amazes me the incredible colour of Australian birds.

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