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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Australia: Queensland and New South Wales

Riflebirds, Reefs and Rainforests

We’ll begin with a boat trip down the scenic Daintree River… …where we’ll hope for scarce species such as the huge Great-billed Heron… …and nesting Papuan Frogmouth. We’ll leave the coastal plain behind, climbing into the idyllic Atherton Tablelands… …to Kingfisher Park… …where we will take our meals outdoors… …hopefully with a few fascinating guests. The grounds of the lodge are superb, with a small stream that  harbors Platypus… …Brush Turkeys that stalk the forest floor… …and if we are lucky an early migrant Paradise Kingfisher might be back on territory. We’ll drive south through drier Eucalypt forest, where Blue-winged Kookaburra… …the gorgeous Blue-faced Honeyeater… and Australian Bustard are among our targets. Our hotel in Yungaburra is a slice of northern Australian country life… …nestled in fields full of Brolga and Sarus Cranes… …while nearby patches of rainforest support amazing diversity including the range-restricted Golden Bowerbird. Once off the tablelands we’ll have a lovely day near Julatten… …perhaps the best place  to see the magnificent Southern Cassowary. We’ll return to the cast at Cairns whose esplanade hosts huge numbers of wintering waders her including Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit… …while local fig trees often serve as banquet tables for Metallic Starlings. We’ll visit the Great Barrier Reed and Michaelmas Cay… …where an optional half hour trip in a semi-submersible… …provides a fantastic opportunity to view the reef. Michaelmas Cay is an important seabird nesting site… …supporting vast numbers of Brown Noddy… Leaving the tropical north behind we head south for a two night stay at the incomparable O’Reily’s… …where birds are incredibly tame… …approachable like this Australian King Parrot… …and curious like this Eastern Yellow Robin. Red-necked Pademelons dot the clearings… …Red-eyed Treefrogs serenade us at night… …and Leaf-tailed Geckos ply the forest edge. The lodge mascot is the stunning Regent Bowerbird, which are surprisingly common around the grounds. We’ll spend our last few days around Sydney, where gorgeous coastlines and the Royal National Park… …support Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos… …camps of Gray-headed Flying-Foxes… …the world’s best mimic, the Superb Lyrebird… …and perhaps even an inquisitive Echidna. A pelagic trip out to the shelf break… …will bring us to within meters of Wandering Albatross… …among their “smaller” Black-browed and White-capped relatives… …and <em>Pterodromas</em>such as this Great-winged Petrel.