Friday, 27 March 2020

2020 - a bust!


It is with some genuine regret that we have made the decision to cancel all of our birding tours this year. Perhaps no explanation is needed however considerable uncertainty regarding travel will remain for some months given the unknown future of the Corona Virus. In addition we have considered the status of indigenous communities in the north and the last thing we would like to do is traffic disease to any remote townships.

We are optimistic that in 2021 we can plan to run our tours again. Hopefully prior to this year’s end we can begin planning again with some confidence. We hope, at this time, you would be again keen to explore our state and its birds.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Beginners Bird Walk at Rainforest Reserve

Wompoo Fruit dove - Australia's largest pigeon
Lead a bird walk for Birdlife Australia this morning at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a wonderful rainforest reserve overlooking the iconic Glasshouse Mountains, and, despite the rain, we had a nice time in an always beautiful forest. Enjoyed close views of nesting Wompoo Fruit dove, dueting and dueling Eastern Whipbirds, Southern Logrunner to mention a few.

Couple of nice comments received via email already..

"Thank you for this morning...we were both amazed at how many birds you spotted." &

"Hi Ken - many thanks for the bird walk this morning. How lucky we were with the rain. Murray and I really enjoyed the walk and your knowledge - thank you." 

Ken - friarbird43@bigpond.com

Monday, 24 February 2020

Steve in Tasmania

Whilst Ken is doing all the hard work back at the Sunshine Coast, I am spending some time in Tasmania, a special place for all birders. Here are some of my photos taken in the Cradle Mountain area. Stay tuned for our forthcoming Tasmanian birding tour in February 2021. Contact us for your expression of interest at friarbird43@bigpond.com



Saturday, 8 February 2020

Ken goes birding in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - January 2020

Koala
Early this year I was invited by a few other local birders to do a day's birding in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland; specifically the western slopes of the Conondale Ranges. This is one of the great birding areas in south east Queensland. 

On the way to Kilcoy we stopped briefly at Cove Road near Stanmore. At Kilcoy we stopped near the abattoir before driving north. We stopped at a number of sites including Peach Trees and the nearby Yabba Road. On the Kimbombi Road we also saw some nice woodland species. We saw a great variety of species for the day plus a few nice mammals.
Cotton Pygmy Geese

Dollarbird
Black tailed Nativehen - an uncommon bird for the Sunshine Coast

Black tailed Nativehen
Yellow rumped Thornbill near Kilcoy

Yellow rumped Thornbill near Kilcoy
Variegated Fairywren

Brown Treecreeper
White bellied Cuckoo Shrike
Yellow tufted Honeyeater


Jacky Winter

Fuscous Honeyeater
Varied Sitella
Striated Thornbill
White winged Chough
juvenile Brown Goshawk

Weebill
Whiptail Wallaby
Red Deer - introduced species

These sites have been woven into our Brisbane Birding Break Tour - Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which we hope to run a couple of times in 2021. Please email me for details - friarbird43@bigpond.com 
headless Red rumped Parrot - an uncommon species this far east
Pink eared Duck at Kimbombi Road Dam

Hoary headed Grebe
both Hoary headed and Australasian Grebe 
- Ken Cross

Friday, 31 January 2020

Ken's Southern Australian Sojourn - January 2020

During the first few weeks of 2020 my 15 year old son Matt and I did a little father-and-son bonding via a road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne. I accidently saw some birds enroute....
Spotted Crake - quite the common crake down south...

Peregrine Falcon in Adelaide's CBD

Cape Barren Geese

Singing Honeyeater: a common species in and around Adelaide

Adelaide Rosella

juvy White plumed Honeyeater

common but charming Red capped Plover

Southern Scrub Robin

Elegant Parrot

White browed Woodswallow

Western Grey Kangaroo

A lifer for me: Australian Sea lion

New Zealand Fur seal

Spiny cheeked Honeyeater

an impressive Pacific Gull on Adelaide's foreshore

Rufous Bristlebird on Victoria's Great Ocean Road

Matt studiously not birding

Australian Gannet breeding grounds

Australian Gannets

a handsome introduced specie: Goldfinch

12 Apostles plus smoke haze: courtesy of climate change assisted bush fires...
** All pics by Ken Cross

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Our 2020 Plans

In 2020 we plan to begin and run the following safari tours;

August – NW QLD 
[Townsville – Winton – Opalton – Lark Quarry – Cloncurry – Mt Isa – Lawn Hill Gorge – Karumba – Georgetown – Mission Beach – Ingham – Paluma – Townsville – 20 days]
Spinifex Pigeon

October – Wet Tropics to Cape York
[Cairns – Great Barrier Reef - Atherton Tableland – Daintree – Lakefield NP – Iron Range NP – Weipa - 15 [or 16] days]
Golden Bowerbird