Sunday, December 18, 2011

Daintree Android App

101 things to do in Daintree
This is the first *native Android App for our region.
*A native app does not need mobile reception after initial download, Good Eh?
Go  to on your Android phone or tablet.


Friday, November 18, 2011

New life.

Late Spring and early Summer and we are surrounded by new life. Just a short walk around Wonga which is at the start of the Daintree Valley will reveal the sounds of Double-eyed Fig-Parrot chicks begging for food, the squabbles of baby Spectacled Flying-foxes and another persistent begging sound from a Yellow-bellied Sunbird chick not far from the flying-fox camp.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Black Bittern in Wonga Beach.

This morning I saw and heard a Black Bittern at the northern end of Marlin Drive Wonga Beach. It is likely that the Black Bittern will stay and call until it takes up with a mate which could be several days.
One of the highlights in our peak birdwatching season is the arrival of Black Bitterns to nest in the fresh water areas. They arrive in late October and will be around until April.

The easiest way to see Black Bitterns is on a dawn river tour from the Daintree Village at this time of year.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Birdwatching season is in full tilt.

As a Helmeted Fiarbird chased an Eastern Koel over the house this morning I was reminded that it is birdwatching season in the Daintree.
The Eastern Koel is a very large cuckoo that migrates from up north and puts it's eggs in friarbird's nests. Both bird species have loud raucous voices and it is almost comical to see and hear the chase that goes on as the cuckoos are driven off.
It appears that my commercial colleagues are so busy with the visiting birdwatchers that they cannot keep their wildlife bulletins up to date or for that matter keep their bulletins interesting with the birdwatching season in full tilt.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Daintree Village Heritage Walk.

Just out on the Australian Short Walks App.
The Daintree Village Heritage Walk, free after downloading the Australian Short Walks App from the App Store $1.99

Other Daintree area walks include Mossman Gorge, Mossman Historic Walk, Port Douglas Coastcare Walk and Port Douglas Historic Walk.

All walks are FREE after initial download.

Download here >

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Daintree Discovery Guide is here.

Migratory birds have started arriving.
Birdwatchers on the river report Brown-backed Honeyeaters and Metallic Starlings have arrived and Brush Cuckoos are vocal at Wonga Beach.

At long last. Especially handy north of the river.

Click here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daintree Discovery Guide (App)

The Daintree Discovery Guide is only days away from being launched from the iTunes store. for more:--

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Daintree wildlife

9 May 2011

Still on the cuckoo thing. There is the odd Channel-billed Cuckoo still here and a very vocal Brush Cuckoo in Marlin Drive yesterday. The Little Bronze-Cuckoo is still trilling.
Expln: The former two cuckoos are migrant species.

5 May 2011

There has been a Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Gould's sub-species) trilling near the corner of Marlin and Oleander Drives, Wonga Beach for the past two days. The calls come from high in the trees but the bird does flit about. I suspect that there is a Large-billed Gerygone nesting over the creek near-by that is causing the fuss.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Daintree Wildlife

23 April 2011
Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher and Black Bittern
were our best birds this morning but we finally saw the Peregrine Falcon as it split up a Cattle Egret flock in Windy Reach. We have known or thought that the falcon was around because the birds have been so quiet and we actually saw it in action this morning.

12 April 2011
Birdwatchers Morning.
Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, Papuan Frogmouth, White-eared Monarch, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot and the list went on and on......

9 April 2011

We have just completed the first trip of the year and what a trip it was. We saw; Great-billed Heron, Black bittern, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brahminy Kite, four kingfisher species, Shining Flycatchers, Eastern Water Dragon and Green Tree Snake plus some more birds. The weather was not the best but it is improving.