December Long-Weekend (2010)

December 2, 2010 — December 4, 2010

Tom & Marie's December long-weekend on the Atherton Tableland, visited Lake Barrine, Hasties Swamp, Mt Hypipamee. Stayed at Kingfisher Park and went to Mt Lewis and Abbatoir Swamp and spent a day on the Great Barrier Reef at Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef.

Despite a late afternoon shower on the first day, the weather was warm and humid for most of the trip.

Note: I haven't added a list for each 'experience',  only the trip as a whole.

 Day 1 Lake Barrine  Day 1: Mt Hypipamee & Hastie's Swamp

From Lake Barrine we went on to Hastie's Swamp where we encountered a heavy shower which continued on our arrival at Mt Hypipamee for about an hour.

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 Day 2: Kingfisher Park & Mt Lewis

From Friday to Sunday we stayed at KP and spent most of Friday on Mt Lewis. In the late-afternoon we drove to Abbatoir Swamp where we finally saw White-browed Crake.

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 Day 3: Michaelmas Cay

On Saturday we had an early-start and headed down to Cairns to take the 'Seastar' out to Michaelmas Cay for a spot of snorkelling (..and to catch up with Red-footed Boobies!)

Also on board were two other birdos, one from South Africa, the other Danish, we organized with the skipper to take a trip around the Cay in his rubber-dinghy and though we saw some excellent birds I encountered tragedy when my camera and I both went for an unscheduled swim! Sadly this is the reason for a lack of images of the (5 or so) Red-footed Boobies that are currently present there.

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Seabirds 13 species
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) 100
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) 100
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 50
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana) 25
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) 20
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) 10
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) 5
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 3
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus) 1
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) 1
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Land Birds 122 species
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 30 Common in open areas
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) 20
Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina) 6
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) 6
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) 6
Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) 5
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) 3
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris) 3
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 2
Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa) 2
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 2
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) 2
Cotton Pygmy Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) 2
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 1
Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) 1
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis) 1
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) 1
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) 1
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) 1
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1 Single in nearby fields
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 1
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 1
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) 1
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 1
Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) 1
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) 1
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) 1
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 1
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 1
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) 1
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) 1
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) 1 Flying above fields off Kennedy Hwy
Bower's Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri) 1
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis) 1
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) 1
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 1
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) 1
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) 1
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) 1
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) 1
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) 1
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 1
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 1
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) 1
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) 1
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1
Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata) 1
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) 1
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) 1
Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) 1
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) 1 Atherton ssp
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) 1
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) 1
Common Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) 1
Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana) 1
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 1
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 1
Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus) 1
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 1
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 1
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) 1
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor) 1
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 1
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 1
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki) 1
Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus superbus) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 1



Written by

Tom Tarrant

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