After our visit to the Daintree (see following post) we shifted south to Palm Cove for a 2-night stay in the local caravan park, driving down the scenic road from Port Douglas.
|Port Douglas-Cairns road|
The nearby Buchans Point Beach has always been one of my favourite beaches.
|Green Pygmy-Goose pair and Jacana|
Our next destination was Cairns where we stayed with friends Bart Grother and Jane Bentley, with superb views over Cairns from their City View home. I have spent a good deal of time in Cairns over many years and it is always a pleasure to be here.Back in City View, Shining Starlings were in surprisingly good numbers for this time of year, while Red-necked Crake and Pale-vented Bush-hen were heard in the distance.
checked out the Fletcher Botanical Gardens/Centenary Lakes site where
a Radjah Shelduck was keeping company with a Magpie Goose; up to 5 shelducks were present on subsequent visits.
it was on to the mangroves at the northern end of The Esplanade,
where Mangrove Robin was found easily along the mangrove edge about 300m north. One bird was feeding in open
parkland on the edge of the mangroves.
failed to find the Rufous Owl at a couple of known roosting trees in
the Cairns CBD so made do with Varied Honeyeater in flowering trees
along the esplanade.
|Radjah Shelduck & Magpie Goose|