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Kingfisher Park Lodge, Nov 2021

[A stop on the Cairns + Atherton + Daintree, 2021 trip] The famed Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in Julatten, Queensland is truly a very special place. This is reflected in its eBird all-time species count, which places it as the #4 birding hotspot in all of Australia. What’s interesting though is that if you filter eBird’s top AustralianContinue reading “Kingfisher Park Lodge, Nov 2021”

Lake Eacham, Apr 2021

[A stop on the Cairns + Atherton + Daintree, 2021 trip] Lake Eacham, part of the Crater Lakes National Park, was once a volcanic crater formed around 9,100 years ago, by magma rising to the surface of the earth’s crust and super-heating the water table, causing massive explosions and craters. It is now isolated from other waterwaysContinue reading “Lake Eacham, Apr 2021”

Cattana Wetlands, Apr 2021

[A stop on the Cairns + Atherton + Daintree trip, 2021 trip] Cattana Wetlands is a relatively new site of 80 hectares, located about 15km north of Cairns. Its proximity to Cairns and its excellent set-up for birding, as well as a very respectable 243 species recorded on eBird (putting it in the top 20 sites inContinue reading “Cattana Wetlands, Apr 2021”

Cairns Esplanade, Apr 2021

[A stop on the Cairns + Atherton + Daintree trip, 2021 trip] How good does a birding hotspot have to be to be the #3 all-time eBird hotspot in Australia? Pretty darned good, you’d expect, and with 278 species recorded, Cairns Esplanade is that spot. Even more surprising, there’s not a forest in sight – instead it’s beachContinue reading “Cairns Esplanade, Apr 2021”

Michaelmas Cay, Apr 2021

[A stop on the Cairns + Atherton + Daintree trip, 2021 trip] What would you think about taking a boat trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and being dumped on a tiny remote sandy island for an hour? If you’re a birder, and that tiny sand island is Michaelmas Cay, you’ll absolutely love it! MichaelmasContinue reading “Michaelmas Cay, Apr 2021”

Forest Lake, 2021-2022

Summary: Beautiful suburban lake which is fantastic for bird photography Dates of visits: Apr 8 2021, Feb 10 2022, Mar 8 2022, Jun 8 2022 Forest Lake is the man-made lake (completed in 1994) upon which the surrounding suburb is named, and is located in the south-west of Brisbane, reasonably easily reached via the CentenaryContinue reading “Forest Lake, 2021-2022”

Oxenford Weir, 2021-2022

Summary: Unique site to watch birds (including Osprey) hunting for fish at close quarters Dates of visit: Apr 3, 2021 to present Oxenford Weir, also known as Old Tamborine Rd Weir and Coomera River Weir, is easy to reach, being just 3km from the Pacific Motorway (just go to the end of Old Tamborine Rd)Continue reading “Oxenford Weir, 2021-2022”

John Oxley Reserve, Mar 2021

Summary: Good birds to be found in a short paved path and mangrove boardwalk loop Date of visit: Mar 14, 2021 John Oxley Reserve lies on Brisbane’s northside and is basically a rectangle containing sports fields and bushland/mangroves bordering the North Pine River. It contains a very well-constructed path and a boardwalk circuit, and boastsContinue reading “John Oxley Reserve, Mar 2021”

Nudgee Beach, Feb & Oct 2021

Summary: Large beach good for waders and Osprey, with creek exploration options for the more adventurous Dates of visit: Feb 26 and Oct 24, 2021 Replace “sun, surf and sand” with “sun, mud and wading birds” and you describe Nudgee Beach at low tide in a nutshell. It’s an expansive area with widescreen vistas andContinue reading “Nudgee Beach, Feb & Oct 2021”

Bellbird Grove, Feb 2021

Summary: Nice little spot with a few tracks and decent variety of birds Dates of visit: Feb 26, 2021 Bellbird Grove, part of the D’Aguilar National Park west of Brisbane and a few kilometres up Mt Nebo Rd from Enoggera Reservoir, held a special allure for me when I first started making a systematic catalogueContinue reading “Bellbird Grove, Feb 2021”

Wellington Park, Feb 2021

Summary: Mixture of forest types right on Hobart’s doorstep with some good birding Dates of visit: Feb 10 & 13, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] It’s got to be quite special having bird-rich patches of dense forest right on the edge of your state’s capital city. Brisbane has the rainforest of D’Aguilar National ParkContinue reading “Wellington Park, Feb 2021”

Gould’s Lagoon, Feb 2021

Summary: Small and not very picturesque bird-rich wetland in north Hobart Date of visit: Feb 11, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Unlike the all-around appeal of Tamar Wetlands in Launceston, one feels that Gould’s Lagoon may be only for the true birder aficionado. It boasts an impressive 103 species, but isn’t the most scenicContinue reading “Gould’s Lagoon, Feb 2021”

Lake St Clair, Feb 2021

Summary: Good network of trails and amazing visitor centre with reasonable birding Date of visit: Feb 9, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania Trip, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Lake St Clair is a large lake that sits at the southernmost end of the famous Overland Track, a multi-day hike that begins many miles north at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.Continue reading “Lake St Clair, Feb 2021”

Alexandrina (SA) and Little Desert NP (Vic) Trip, May 2022

Autumn… a time for reflection, for falling leaves, for the gentle contemplation of nature and mortality… and interstate birding! We (Andy & Luke) chose the southern part of South Australia (principally the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Coorong) with a side-trip into Little Desert National Park in the north-west of Victoria as our destinations, hoping toContinue reading “Alexandrina (SA) and Little Desert NP (Vic) Trip, May 2022”

Tamar Island Wetlands, Feb 2021

Summary: Intriguing bird-filled riverside wetlands with excellent walkway and island Date of visit: Feb 7, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania Trip, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Wetlands are typically of interest to keen birders, but less so to the average punter, who just sees swampy marsh and a few ducks and wonders what all the fuss is about whileContinue reading “Tamar Island Wetlands, Feb 2021”

Cataract Gorge, Feb 2021

Summary: Awesome but touristy spot in Launceston with many non-native birds Date of visit: Feb 6, 2021 [A stop on the Tasmania Trip, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] If you’re tearing around Tasmania knocking off the tourist hotspots one by one, you’ll probably find yourself at some point at Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston. And a touristy spot it isContinue reading “Cataract Gorge, Feb 2021”

Port Arthur, Feb 2021

Summary: Unexpectedly good birding amongst the garden areas of this historic site Date of visit: Feb 3, 2021 Feb 2, 201 [A stop on the Tasmania, Jan-Feb 2021 trip] Port Arthur is a famous – though more precisely, infamous – historic site in the south-east corner of Tasmania. Its storied past includes a beginning as a penalContinue reading “Port Arthur, Feb 2021”

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