Wildlife Blog

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

Superb Fruit-dove, male
  This wet season left us about 500mm short of our average rainfall, but a low near the coast right now might be just making up for it. Many birds have been molting, like this Satin Bowerbird, wondering what happened...…
Red-browed Finch fishing
Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis), like all native Australian finches, belong to the family of Grass-finches (Estrilidiae) and feed mainly on seeds. They do like animal protein, though, and  sometimes gorge themselves on swarming termites. When we get enough summer rain...…
The wet season started in late December, and the frogs are making the best of it. Tiny (less than 30mm) Southern Ornate Nursery Frogs (Cophixalus australis) are calling from low vantage points, usually within half a metre off the ground,...…
Cassowary chicks often hatch in September (rainforest fruits usually are most bountiful in spring and summer). As there is not much food for them in the wet sclerophyll forest at that time, we normally get to see the family in...…
  No sign, yet, of the wet season here.  These Green-eyed Tree-frogs are patiently waiting for rain. I am surprised that the female is tolerating the male. They’ve been hanging out like this on top of the cabin’s window sill...…
immature Victoria's Riflebird
  The riflebirds’ main breeding season is nearing its end, but it is peak time for the immature males to hone their dancing skills. They display not only from the main perch near the cabin, but on just about any...…

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