Iron Range and surrounds

December 1, 2009

Had an excellent trip with Ben Blewitt form Cassowary Tours. We started in Iron Range National Park on 30 November (which this report covers) and travelled down to Musgrave and Lakefield (report to follow) ending in Cairns on 6 December. The Iron Range national park was very dry, with very little of the open woodland unburnt...

With Ben’s help we found all the target species quickly. All but the Red-bellied Pitta, they were not back yet (and I don't blame them, just too dry.)  Birding highlights include Spotted Whistling ducks, displaying Magnificent Riflebird, Eclectus Parrots and Palm Cockatoos in the wild, a very confiding Yellow-legged Flycatcher and Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, the amazing flight display of the starlings at Chilli beach

We stayed at Portland Roads, the food at the cafe was awesome. Had mangoes dropping on my roof one night, the culprit a Spotted Cuscus (the animal highlight of the trip)


Locations visited

Iron Range & Surrounds


Land Birds 99 species
Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata) 4
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) 3
Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) 2
Yellow-legged Flyrobin (Microeca griseoceps) 2
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa) 2
Green-backed Honeyeater (Glycichaera fallax) 1
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli) 1
White-browed Robin (Poecilodryas superciliosa) 1
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) 1
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) 1
Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis) 1
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) 1
Mangrove Robin (Peneoenanthe pulverulenta) 1
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 1
Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus magnirostris) 1 On Chilli Beach
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 1
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 1
Tropical Scrubwren (Sericornis beccarii) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris) 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) 1
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 1
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) 1
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 1
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) 1
Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus) 1
Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1
Frill-necked Monarch (Arses lorealis) 1 2 family parties seen
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 1
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) 1
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 1
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) 1
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) 1
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 1
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) 1
Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) 1
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) 1
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) 1
Pied Heron (Egretta picata) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) 1
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) 1
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) 1
White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis) 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) 1
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) 1 Common
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) 1
Mangrove Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fasciogularis) 1
Trumpet Manucode (Phonygammus keraudrenii) 1
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus superbus) 1
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 1
Northern Scrub Robin (Drymodes superciliaris) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) 1
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 1
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
White-faced Robin (Tregellasia leucops) 1
Black-winged Monarch (Monarcha frater) 1
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 1
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) 1
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 1
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) 1 Cape York subsp. with lilac collar
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 1
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 1
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) 1
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) 1
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer) 1
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) 1
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi) 1
Seabirds 10 species
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 1
Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus) 1
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis) 1
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 1
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) 1
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) 1
Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) 1
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 1
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana) 1



Simon Mustoe on May 16, 2010 about Iron Range and surrounds

I just noticed that the position of this trip report is not correct. It's situated over central Australia. By the way, when you move the pin, it may not update immediately due to caching.

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