AUSTRALIA

We visited parts of Australia in July/August 1997. We organised the trip ourselves and went with our two friends Colin and Lynda Selby. We went for four weeks and concentrated on Queensland and the north of the Northern Territory. We had just a one night stop-over in Singapore on the way out. Apart from one day on the Daintree River with Rick Powell of Far North Wildlife Cruises and one day when Tim O'Reilly kindly took us out round Lamington, we didn't use any guides. The itinerary was:

   25 July                Depart Heathrow for Singapore (with BA)

   26-27 July          Singapore inc. Bukhit Timah Reserve & depart for Sydney (with
                               Quantas)

   28-29 July          Sydney(SY) inc. Harbour & Manley Head (stayed at Lord Nelson)

   30 July                Sydney Botanic Garden and flight to Brisbane

   31 July                Bus to O'Reilly's in Lamington National Park(LM)

   1-3 Aug                O'Reilly's: rain forest and eucalyptus woodland on Green Mountain 

                                 area of Lamington NP & trip to Albert River area

   4 Aug                    Fly to Cairns(CN) and collect hire car after night in Brisbane

   5 Aug                   Trip to Michelmas Cay & Hastings Reef(BR) on Sea Star 2

   6-7 Aug                Cairns: beach, Centenary Park, cemetery and mangroves

   7-8 Aug                Mission Beach(MB) inc. Likuala Forest

   8-11 Aug              To Yungaburra in Atherton Tablelands(AT) inc. Lakes Tinaroo and 

                                Eacham, Hasties and Bromfield Swamps and Hipipomee Crater

   11-13 Aug            To Kingfisher Park at Julatten in north Atherton Tablelands:

                                 inc. Big Mitchell Creek, Mt. Carbine Road, Mt. Lewis & Mossman

   14 Aug                 Trip on Daintree River(DR) & return to Cairns

   15 Aug                 Cairns Crocodile Farm and fly to Darwin (collect 4x4)

   16 Aug                 Via Fogg Dam(FG) to Kakadu(KK) at Frontier Village

   17-18 Aug            Kakadu National Park: inc. Nourlangie, Yellow Waters & Mamukala

   18-20 Aug            Wildman River(WR): inc. Mary River, Shady Camp & Brian's Creek

   20-21 Aug            Return to Kakadu; inc. Mamukala Lake & Red Lily Billabong

   21 Aug                 Return to Darwin via Adelaide River and Fogg Dam

   22 Aug                 Darwin(DW) (Lee Point & Buffalo Creek) & late flight to London

   23 Aug                 Return UK via Singapore

                                      Birds recorded: (see itinerary for site codes)

Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Hoary-headed Grebe           X     X    
Australasian Grebe   X       X     X    
Black-browed Albatross X                    
Australasian Pelican X   X     X X   X X X
Australasian Gannet X                    
Brown Booby       X             X
Australasian Darter     X     X X   X X  
Pied Cormorant X         X       X  
Little Pied Cormorant X X X     X X   X X  
Great Cormorant X         X     X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Little Black Cormorant X   X     X X   X X  
Great-billed Heron              X        
Pacific Heron   X       X     X X  
White-faced Heron X X X     X X   X    
Pied Heron                 X X  
Cattle Egret   X X     X         X
Great White Egret     X     X X   X X  
Little Egret     X   X X X   X X  
Intermediate Egret     X   X X X   X X  
Striated Heron     X     X X X X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Rufous Night-Heron     X             X  
Black Bittern             X        
Black-necked Stork     X       X   X X  
Glossy Ibis           X     X X X
Australian White Ibis X   X     X X   X X  
Straw-necked Ibis   X X   X X X   X X X
Royal Spoonbill     X     X X   X X  
Magpie Goose     X   X X X X X X  
Wandering Whistling Duck     X     X     X    
Plumed Whistling Duck           X     X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Black Swan   X       X          
Australian Shelduck   X                  
Radjah Shelduck               X X X  
Pacific Black Duck X X X     X     X X X
Mallard X   X                
Grey Teal   X       X          
Hardhead           X     X    
Maned Duck X X       X          
Cotton Pygmy-Goose           X          
Green Pygmy Goose             X X X X  
Osprey     X     X         X
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Black-shouldered Kite   X       X          
Black Kite     X   X X X X X X X
Square-tailed Kite     X                
Black-breasted Buzzard         X X     X    
Brahminy Kite     X   X X X     X X
Whistling Kite     X     X X X X X X
Brown Goshawk         X X     X    
Collared Sparrowhawk                 X    
Grey Goshawk   X       X X     X  
White-bellied Sea-Eagle            X X   X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Wedge-tailed Eagle   X     X            
Little Eagle           X     X    
Spotted Harrier           X       X  
Marsh Harrier     X     X     X    
Black Falcon                 X    
Peregrine Falcon   X                  
Australian Hobby     X     X     X    
Brown Falcon   X       X     X    
Australian Kestrel   X     X X     X X  
Orange-footed Scrubfowl     X   X X     X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Australian Brush-Turkey   X X   X X          
Buff-banded Rail X   X     X          
White-browed crake     X             X  
Dusky Moorhen X X       X          
Purple Gallinule     X     X          
Coot           X          
Brolga Crane           X     X    
Sarus Crane           X          
Australian Bustard           X          
Comb-crested Jacana   X X     X   X X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Bush Thick-Knee     X     X     X    
Beach Thick-Knee     X                
Pied Oystercatcher     X               X
Sooty Oystercatcher                     X
Masked Lapwing   X X   X X X X X X X
Pacific Golden Plover     X                
Lesser Sand Plover     X               X
Greater Sand Plover                     X
Red-capped Plover     X               X
Black-fronted Plover     X           X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Black-winged Stilt     X           X    
Turnstone                     X
Eastern Curlew     X   X           X
Whimbrel     X                
Grey-tailed Tattler     X               X
Common Sandpiper     X             X X
Greenshank     X                
Terek Sandpiper                     X
Latham's Snipe     X     X          
Black-tailed Godwit     X                
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Bar-tailed Godwit     X               X
Great Knot     X               X
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper     X                
Red-necked Stint     X               X
Curlew Sandpiper                     X
Sanderling                     X
Australian Pratincole                 X X  
Silver Gull X   X               X
Whiskered Tern                 X    
Caspian Tern     X           X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Gull-billed Tern     X X   X X   X    
Black-naped Tern       X              
Sooty Tern       X              
Bridled Tern       X              
Greater Crested Tern X     X             X
Lesser Crested Tern                     X
Common Noddy       X              
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove         X       X    
Wompoo Fruit-Dove     X   X X          
Torresian Imperial Pigeon                 X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Topknot Pigeon   X       X          
White-headed Pigeon         X X          
Brown Cuckoo-Dove   X       X          
Peaceful Dove   X X     X X   X X X
Bar-shouldered Dove   X X   X X X X X X X
Emerald Dove           X          
Common Bronzewing   X                  
Crested Pigeon X X                  
Squatter Pigeon           X          
Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon                 X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Spotted Turtle Dove X X X   X X          
Feral Rock Dove X   X   X X          
Wonga Pigeon   X                  
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo           X     X X X
Glossy Black Cockatoo   X                  
Galah X X       X       X X
Little Corella               X X X  
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo X X X   X X X   X X X
Rainbow Lorikeet X X X     X          
Red-collared Lorikeet                 X X X
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet   X       X          
Varied Lorikeet                 X X  
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot         X X X        
Australian King Parrot` `   X       X          
Red-winged Parrot           X     X    
Cockatiel                   X  
Crimson Rosella   X                  
Pale-headed Rosella   X                  
Brush-Cuckoo                 X    
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo                     X
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo           X          
Channel-billed Cuckoo                 X    
Pheasant Coucal   X       X   X X    
Southern Boobook   h                  
Barking Owl           h          
Barn Owl           X          
Lesser Sooty Owl           h          
Tawny Frogmouth   X                  
Papuan Frogmouth              X        
White-rumped Swiftlet     X     X          
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Azure Kingfisher   X         X        
Little Kingfisher     X       X        
Laughing Kookaburra X X X   X X X        
Blue-winged Kookaburra           X     X X  
Forest Kingfisher     X     X X X X X X
Red-backed Kingfisher                 X X  
Sacred Kingfisher     X           X X X
Collared Kingfisher     X       X        
Rainbow Bee-eater     X     X X   X X X
Rainbow Pitta               X      
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Albert's Lyrebird   X                  
Singing Bush-Lark   X                  
Welcome Swallow X X X   X X X        
Tree Martin   X               X X
Fairy Martin                 X    
Australian Pipit   X       X          
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike X X       X     X X  
White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike     X     X   X X X X
White-winged Triller                 X X X
Varied Triller     X     X X   X   X
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Red-whiskered Bulbul X                    
Bassian Ground-Thrush   X                  
Eastern Yellow Robin   X       X          
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher           X     X X  
Jacky Winter           X          
Pale-yellow Robin           X          
Grey-headed Robin           X          
Golden Whistler   X X   X X          
Grey Whistler                 X    
Rufous Whistler   X       X     X    
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
White-breasted Whistler                     X
Little Shrike-Thrush     X   X X     X    
Bower's Shrike-Thrush           X          
Sandstone Shrike-Thrush                 X    
Grey Shrike-Thrush   X                  
Spectacled Monarch     X   X X X        
Pied Monarch           X          
Leaden Flycatcher           X X   X   X
Satin Flycatcher     X                
Shining Flycatcher             X     X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Restless Flycatcher               X X X  
Rufous Fantail     X     X     X    
Grey Fantail   X       X          
Northern Fantail                 X   X
Willie Wagtail X X X   X X X X X X X
Logrunner   X                  
Chowchilla           X          
Eastern Whipbird   X       X          
Spotted Quail-Thrush   X                  
Grey-crowned Babbler            X     X X  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Clamorous Reed Warbler     X     X          
Tawny Grassbird           X     X    
Golden-headed Cisticola   X       X     X    
Superb Fairy Wren   X                  
Variegated Fairy-Wren   X                  
Red-backed Fairy-Wren   X X     X     X X  
Atherton Scrubwren           X          
Large-billed Scrubwren   X     X            
Yellow-throated Scrubwren   X       X          
White-browed Scrubwren X X                  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Weebill                 X    
Brown Gerygone   X       X          
Large-billed Gerygone     X           X    
Green-backed Gerygone                 X   X
White-throated Gerygone   X                  
Mountain Thornbill           X          
Brown Thornbill   X                  
Buff-rumped Thornbill   X                  
Striated Thornbill   X                  
Varied Sittella   X                  
Species SY LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
White-throated Treecreeper   X       X          
Red-browed Treecreeper   X                  
Brown Treecreeper           X          
Black-tailed Treecreeper                 X    
Red Wattlebird X                    
Little/Brush Wattlebird X                    
Helmeted Friarbird     X   X X X   X    
Silver-crowned Friarbird     X           X X  
Noisy Friarbird   X       X          
Little Friarbird                 X X  
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Blue-faced Honeyeater   X       X     X X X
Noisy Miner X X                  
Yellow-throated Miner                     X
Macleay's Honeyeater           X          
Lewin's Honeyeater   X       X          
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater     X   X X          
Graceful Honeyeater           X          
Yellow-faced Honeyeater   X       X          
Bridled Honeyeater           X          
Varied Honeyeater     X                
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
White-gaped Honeyeater                 X X X
Yellow Honeyeater     X     X          
White-plumed Honeyeater X                    
White-throated Honeyeater   X X           X X  
White-naped Honeyeater   X                  
Brown Honeyeater   X X   X X     X   X
New Holland Honeyeater X                    
White-cheeked Honeyeater           X          
Brown-backed Honeyeater     X   X            
Rufous-banded Honeyeater               X X X  
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Rufous-throated Honeyeater                 X X  
Eastern Spinebill   X       X          
Banded Honeyeater         X         X  
Dusky Honeyeater     X   X X     X X  
Red-headed Honeyeater                     X
Scarlet Honeyeater           X          
Yellow-bellied Sunbird     X   X X          
Mistletoe Bird   X X   X X          
Spotted Pardalote   X                  
Striated Pardalote   X       X         X
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Yellow White-eye                      X
Silvereye X   X     X          
Red-browed Firetail   X       X          
Crimson Finch                 X   X
Double-barred Finch   X       X     X X X
Masked Finch                 X   X
Long-tailed Finch                 X  
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin     X     X         X
Nutmeg Mannikin         X            
Metallic Starling     X                
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
European Starling X                    
Common Mynah X X X   X X          
Yellow Oriole     X       X X X X X
Olive-backed Oriole           X     X X  
Figbird X   X   X X X X X X X
Spangled Drongo     X   X X     X X X
Satin Bowerbird   X       X          
Regent Bowerbird   X                  
Tooth-billed Catbird           X          
Spotted Catbird           X X        
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Green Catbird   X                  
Victoria's Riflebird         X X          
Australian Magpie-Lark X X X   X X     X X X
White-breasted Wood-Swallow     X     X         X
Dusky Wood-Swallow   X                  
Little Wood-Swallow                 X    
Black Butcherbird     X     X X        
Grey Butcherbird   X                 X
Pied Butcherbird   X       X     X    
Australian Magpie X X X     X          
Species SY  LM CN BR MB AT DR FD KK WR DW
Pied Currawong X X       X          
Australian Raven X                    
Torresian Crow   X X     X   X X X X
House Sparrow X   X   X X           

                                                    ( 'X' indicates species seen and 'h' is species heard only )

Additional Birds seen in Singapore en route:

Sunda/Brown-capped Woodpecker, White-throated Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Fork-tailed Swift, House Swift, Pacific Swallow, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Spotted Turtle Dove, Peacefil/Zebra Dove, Red-legged Crake, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Striated Heron, House Crow, Black-naped Oriole, Pied Triller, Great Racket-tailed Drongo, Asian Glossy Starling, Common Mynah, Javan/White-vented Mynah, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Olive-winged Bulbul, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Crimson Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird,Jaavan Munia, Tree Sparrow

Mammals recorded:

Platypus, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Common Ring-tailed Possum, Mountain Bushtail Possum, Greater Glider, Sugar Glider, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, Black Walleroo, Red-legged Pademelon, Red-necked Pademelon, Lumholtz' Tree Kangaroo, Northern Nailtail Wallaby, Antilopine Walleroo, Agile Wallaby, Red-necked Wallaby, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Black Flying Fox, Spectacled Flying Fox, Bush Rat, Dingo, Water Buffalo

Reptiles and Amphibians recorded:

Saltwater Crocodile, Freshwater Crocodile, Merton's Water Monitor, Gould's Sand Goanna, Eastern Water Dragon, Gilbert's Lashtail Lizard, Frilled Lizard, Common Blue-tongued Skink, Green Tree Snake, Grey Tree Snake, Amethystine Python, Water Python, White-lipped Green Tree-Frog

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