Very busy couple of days here in Cairns. Went birding round Cairns, including the local Cemetery, Centenary Lakes and the Esplanade yesterday with Tony (a UK birder who moved to Cairns 2 years ago) and today we went to Lake Barrine and Picnic Crossing Road (near Yungaburra), courtesy of local birder and guide John, which meant the list grew quite nicely.
Great White Egret
Spice Finch (also known as Nutmeg Mannikin)
Metallic Starling (or Shining Starling)
Yellow-bellied Sunbird (aka Olive-backed Sunbird)
Other animals: Mudskipper; Spectacled Flying Foxes (very pretty)
Lake Barrine and Picnic Crossing Road (birding was a bit quiet today):
Eastern Whipbird (great views, normally hard to see)
Other animals: Agile Wallaby and Duck-billed Platypus.
I am off to Cassowary House tomorrow for three nights before coming back to Cairns for a week - I want more photos of those gorgeous Bee-eaters! - then I am flying (no more bloody coaches!) to Sydney. I am planning to go to the Warrumbungles, Wollongong and Sydney before flying home via Asia.
Can I get another 362 species to get to 1000 birds on my life list?