Wildlife Blog

Wildlife and nature observations at Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin, Wondecla, Tropical North Queensland

The Lilly-pillies along our creek (Syzygium smithii) are fruiting now, and they attract many birds. Not only were there flocks of King Parrots and Satin Bowerbirds feeding just metres from our house today, but in the same tree we also...…
It is this time of the year again, when fruit in the rainforest becomes scarcer, but the wet sclerophyll forest produces many smaller berries, likeĀ  Cissus grapes and Lilly Pillies, Mackinlaya and Acrotriche drupes. Cassowaries frequent our forest almost daily...…
Late summer/ early autumn is an excellent time for butterflies. A visit to the small Lantana patch near the road on a sunny day yielded more than a dozen species within half an hour. From the large Monarch, Blue Tiger,...…
Mum and joey have been around frequently, feeding on a variety of plants, like Acacia melanoxylon, Wilkiea pubescens, Smilax australis, Syzygium oleosum and Bursaria spinosa. The little one is now climbing quite confidently and often feeding a little away from...…
Superb Fruit-dove
This male spent all day in one tree, about 5 metres from our veranda. Feeding, sunbathing, preening, snoozing, feeding, snoozing, feeding, pooping,… I had a lazy day, too, watching him for hours. He was briefly joined by a Golden Bowerbird...…
Finally the Superb Fruit-doves are back in droves! Their favourite fruits here ( Symplocos cochinchinensis, which grow as a small understorey tree) are starting to ripen and we should see and hear a lot more of them over the next...…

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