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Friday, November 26, 2010

Water Birds on the Mud Flats of Cairns 25/11/10

Silvergull minus a foot



Royal Spoonbill


We found this white-lipped Green Tree Frog stuck on the beach and re-located him to a nearby garden.  This was our one wildlife rescue for the week!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cape Tribulation Daintree National Park

24th November 2010

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, North Queensland









Estuarine Croc Cooper Creek

24th November 2010

Croc Tour, Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Queensland

We went on a tour of Cooper Creek in the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation in the hope of seeing an Estuarine Crocodile in the wild.  It poured rain the whole time we were on the tour, making visibility poor.  Despite this, we saw a few birds and could still appreciate the beauty of the Daintree National Park and Cooper Creek, winding through the thick mangroves, that has been luckily void of development.  After a while, the tour host announced that he was quite dismayed that he couldn't spot any crocodiles on the tour, much to the group's disappointment... that was until Brendon spotted two in close vicinity to each other near the creek's bank - he has great eyes for spotting camouflaging animals!  We were able to get a good look at these massive croc's and attempt a few photos through the rain.  The tour was fantastic and we loved that it was just to observe the wildlife, not to entice them to the boat - it was a good fit for our wildlife ethics. Would love to do it again when the weather is better.

The cruise we went on, is the only tour permitted in the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park.  More info can be found here:  http://www.capetribcruises.com/cruises.html

J & B

Large Estuarine Crocodile on the bank of Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, 23/11/10


Boarding the boat for the Cooper Creek Croc Tour, Cape Tribulation 24/11/10

On the boat on Cooper Creek

Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, 
Cooper Creek Croc Tour, 24/11/10

Spectacular scenery on Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, 23/11/10
 
Croc tail, spotted by Brendon on Cooper Creek, 23/11/10

Large Eustarine Crocodile, Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, 23/11/10

Croc Head, Cooper Creek, 23/11/10

Cooper Creek, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park 23/11/10

Mudskipper, Cooper Creek, 23/11/10



Walu Wugirriga, Mt Alexandra Lookout

24th November 2010

Walu Wugirriga, Mount Alexandra Lookout, Daintree Rainforest, North Queensland. 

Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra lookout), about 5km north of the Daintree River, provides breathtaking views of the coast including the Daintree River mouth, Snapper Island and Low Isles.

J & B

Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra lookout) 24/11/10

Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra lookout) 24/11/10

Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra lookout) 24/11/10

Daintree Rainforest 24/11/10



Only Photo of a Sunbird at Port Douglas 24/11/10

Unfortunately this is the only photo that we managed to get of the beautiful little Sun Bird.  This one was taken at Port Douglas, Queensland.  24th Nov 2010

Cassowaries in the Daintree Rainforest 24/11/10

24th November 2010

Wild Cassowary Family in the Daintree Rainforest

We booked a day tour with a local wilderness group to take us to a variety of rainforest locations between Cairns and Cape Tribulation during our Cairns Visit in November 2010.  

On the day of the tour it poured rain and the guide who took our group to the Cooper Creek Wilderness in the Daintree Rainforest, said we were most unlikely to spot a Cassowary in such poor weather.  

After we had had a good look around the rainforest, Brendon and I headed off on our own away from the group for a further look around.  We came across evidence of the Cassowary with plenty of large poo's on the bush track and saw plenty of the vibrant purple Cassowary Plum fruit (one of their main food sources).  We were about to head back the way we came, and turned around to see a male Cassowary with two large juvenile Cassowaries, heading right towards us!!  We couldn't get the camera's out from underneath our raincoats quick enough!  We stood still as the family walked towards us, one of the juveniles gobbled up the purple Cassowary Plum that I had only just photographed minutes earlier.  They weren't worried by us and came quite close to us, then headed off back into the rainforest, blending in with the tropical surrounds.  

It was without a doubt one of the most surreal, exciting experiences of our lives, and we felt so blessed to have this interaction with these exquisite endangered birds in the wild.  Words can't really describe how amazing it was.  Our photos weren't fabulous, considering the short amount of time we had to take them and the rain, but we were pleased to at least capture a little of our wild Cassowary encounter.  It is something we will remember forever.

Brendon & Judi

Cassowary family heading towards us in the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Cassowary family heading towards us in the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Cassowary family heading towards us in the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Male Cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Juvenile Cassowary in the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Cassowary family heading back into the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Juvenile Cassowary  pauses for a second while the rest of the family head back into Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.

Juvenile Cassowary following his Dad back into the Daintree Rainforest, 24/11/10.


Cassowary Fruit or Plum.  I took a photo of this fruit and not long after the cassowaries came walking along and one of the juveniles picked it up and swallowed it whole. J.G.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cairns Wildlife Dome 23/11/10

23rd November 2010

Cairns Wildlife Dome

The Cairns Wildlife Dome is an all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns’ Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.  

As Zoo's go, this one would be suitable for small children as it is relatively small and easy to get to for visitors.  Most wildlife species within the dome are fairly common, and ones you could often see in the wild in the local Cairns and surrounding areas.  

I did like that it only has Australian Animals within this Zoo, so it is a great place for international tourists to come to see some Australian favourites.

J & B.

Cairns Wildlife Dome Zoo, view from our Hotel 23/11/10

Rufous Bettong, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10

Papuan Frogmouths, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10

Electus Parrot, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10

Buff-banded Rail, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10


I was surprised to see Crocodiles in the Wildlife Dome, and had a little chuckle, imagining them getting them into the zoo in the elevator :) 

Bush-stone Curlew, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10

Electus Parrot, Cairns Wildlife Dome, 23/11/10

Rainbow & view from Cairns Wildlife Dome entrance, 23/11/10

Brendon at the entrance 23/11/10

Judi at the entrance, 23/11/10