Monday, October 7, 2013

Owls this for a weekend in Tropical North Queensland

I have travelling a fair bit this year, as part of my goal to get to 700 on my Australian Lifelist.  As I work full time I’ve mostly resorted to planning weekend trips heading to targeted areas where potential lifers occur.

I was pleased to find an excuse to go back to Julatten in Tropical North Queensland as I was able to spend a weekend with my friend Del who is great company. I have been really looking forward to spending some time with him again.
His knowledge and skill in finding the local endemic species is remarkable. He makes finding the elusive species look easy due to his observation skills and understanding of the birds behaviour which comes from decades of experience in the field.

I had a few potential target species and with only 24 hrs available we worked hard and were rewarded with wonderful views of Lesser Sooty Owl, Grass Owl and Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo.

I was also able to photograph some species that I had not managed photos of before – as I am also trying to photograph every species in Australia.

A whirlwind trip but filled with wonderful memories!
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo







Comb-crested Jacana

Green Pygmy-goose

Green Pygmy-goose

Lesser Sooty Owl


Lovely Fairy-wren

Macleay's Honeyeater

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Little Shrike-thrush



Coffee break!

Bushy Creek

My friend Del

Lake Mitchell

Lake Mitchell


 Closed-litter Rainbow Skink- Calia longipes

Red-browed Finch

Macleay's Honeyeater

Del generously gave up potential clients to assist me over the weekend and I am very grateful! If any birders are looking for a professional bird guide in Tropical North Queensland I highly recommend you book with Del Richards on