Tropical and Far North Queensland Birding Tour 2020 Extra Departure – 9 Days
30 August 2020 - 8 September 2020
Tropical Far North Queensland is without doubt one of Australia’s top birding destinations. A variety of tropical habitats including rainforests, palm-fringed beaches, mangrove-lined mudflats, savannahs and cool mountain ranges result in a bird diversity unparalleled elsewhere in the country. Commencing in Cairns, we’ll bird the local area and head to well-known Kingfisher Park on the Atherton Tablelands, then traverse the unique Cape York Peninsula.
Expect over 200 species including all the endemics and other important birds this area is well-known for such as Magnificent Riflebird, Frillnecked Monarch, Blue-faced Parrot-finch, Lovely Fairy-wren, White-streaked Honeyeater, Papuan Frogmouth, nesting Red Goshawks, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-bellied Kingfisher and many more, including of course the rare Southern Cassowary. We’ll have rare access to Goldenshouldered Parrot nesting sites; explore the Lakefield region; we’ll go night spotting for owls and mammals’; and we’ll spend two days in the Iron Range rainforests, one of Australia’s most important ecosystems. We’ll also look for mammals such as Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Northern Striped Possum, Red-necked Wallaby and Tree Kangaroo.