Tropical North with Lotusbird

October 4, 2011

A couple of days were spent in the luxury of Lotusbird Lodge with the same  English couple that took the Tropical North Tour. We were the only guests and had a great time. The clients found it rather hot and to everyone else's amazement kept jumping in the spa to cool down. None of the locals thought the water had warmed up enough yet!

 

Having failed to see the Golden-shouldered Parrots on our arrival day Sue Shepherd helped us get excellent views the next day. Another highlight of the trip  were a pair of Red Goshawks. This was exciting as they had not been seen recently and it was feared that they had been driven off by a Black-breasted Buzzard which had apparently set up home near the Goshawk nest. We saw no sign of the Buzzard but the Goshawks performed well.


Locations visited

Lakefield National Park

Wildlife

Land Birds 214 species
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) 2
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) 1
White-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus unicolor) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) 1
Brolga (Grus rubicunda) 1
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) 1
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) 1
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) 1
Little Raven (Corvus mellori) 1
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta) 1
Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 1
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) 1
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) 1
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 1
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) 1
Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis) 1
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) 1
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Red-headed Myzomela (Myzomela erythrocephala) 1
Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) 1
Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) 1
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) 1
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) 1
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi) 1
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) 1
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) 1
Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) 1
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) 1
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 1
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 1
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 1
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) 1
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) 1
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus) 1
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) 1
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis) 1
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) 1
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) 1
Black-backed Butcherbird (Cracticus mentalis) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 1
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 1
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) 1
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 1
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavescens) 1
Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) 1
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Red-browed Pardalote (Pardalotus rubricatus) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 1
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 1
Canary White-eye (Zosterops luteus) 1
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) 1
Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) 1
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) 1
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 1
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 1
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) 1
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) 1
Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) 1
Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) 1
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) 1
Bower's Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri) 1
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) 1
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) 1
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis) 1
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 1
Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) 1
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) 1
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) 1
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) 1
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) 1
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) 1
Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica) 1
White-browed Robin (Poecilodryas superciliosa) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) 1
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus) 1
Pied Heron (Egretta picata) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda) 1
Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster) 1
Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster) 1
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 1
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 1
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 1
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) 1
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) 1
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) 1
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) 1
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) 1
Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus) 1
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) 1
Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata) 1
Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis) 1
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus) 1
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela) 1
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) 1
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) 1
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) 1
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) 1
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 1
Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) 1
Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi) 1
Mangrove Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fasciogularis) 1
Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata) 1
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 1
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) 1
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) 1
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) 1
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) 1
Shining Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) 1
Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) 1
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 1
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 1
Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) 1
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) 1
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 1
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) 1
Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus) 1
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 1
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) 1
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) 1
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) 1
Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) 1
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa) 1
Mangrove Robin (Peneoenanthe pulverulenta) 1
Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus) 1
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 1
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) 1
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 1
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) 1
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) 1
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) 1
Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea) 1
Seabirds 6 species
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) 1
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 1
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1

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