AUSTRALIA & INDONESIA - JUN-AUG 2018

HAVING EXPERIENCED A FABULOUS THREE MONTH HOME EXCHANGE 'DOWN UNDER' IN 2016, WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO BE IN A POSITION TO DO SIMILAR THIS YEAR. THIS TIME WE WERE BASED IN NORTHERN QUEENSLAND, IN THE SUBURBS OF CAIRNS. THE CITY HAS GREAT WIDLIFE VIEWING OPTIONS, WHILE NUMEROUS TRIPS WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS DRIVE ADDED GREATLY TO THE BIRD AND WILDLIFE SPECIES LIST; SUCH AREAS INCLUDED ATHERTON TABLELANDS, JULATTEN, KURANDA, ETTY BAY AND DAINTREE. WE TENT-CAMPED IN MOST OF THESE AREAS, APART FROM JULATTEN, WHERE WE STAYED IN CABINS AT THE EXCELLENT KINGFISHER PARK BIRDWATCHERS LODGE. SLIGHTLY FURTHER AFIELD, SOME TIME WAS SPENT GOING UP TO CAPE YORK. WE TENT-CAMPED HERE TOO, WHILE HIRING AN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL 4WD VEHICLE - THE ROADS HERE WERE AN 'INTERESTING' EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER THE WILDLIFE WAS FABULOUS. WE SAW NEARLY ALL OF THE MANY AND SPECIAL "TOP END" ENDEMIC BIRDS, PLUS OTHER WILDLIFE TOO.

WE ALSO ARRANGED NEARLY THREE WEEKS IN INDONESIA, NAMELY BALI AND JAVA, AS DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM CAIRNS TO BALI (DENPASAR) MADE THIS A CONVENIENT SIDE-TRIP. A REPORT AND PHOTOS ON THIS PART OF OUR TRIP CAN BE FOUND HERE... CLICK HERE FOR INDONESIA 2018

 

OVER THE ENTIRE TEN-WEEK PERIOD, THOUSANDS OF IMAGES WERE TAKEN, OF WHICH A TINY SELECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN PHOTOS ARE SHOWN BELOW. THEY ARE LARGELY DISPLAYED IN THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE, MOVING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH: ETTY BAY, CAIRNS, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, DAINTREE, JULATTEN, CAPE YORK...

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE FOR A LARGER PHOTOGRAPH

   

SUNRISE - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

SOUTHERN CASSOWARY - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


SOUTHERN CASSOWARY - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

SOUTHERN CASSOWARY - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


SOUTHERN CASSOWARY - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

SOUTHERN CASSOWARY FEET! - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


BEACH STONE-CURLEW - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

zodiac moth - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


SPECTACLED FLYING FOX - ETTY BAY, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

BABINDA CREEK, BABINDA BOULDERS, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


WHISTLING KITE - EUBENANGEE SWAMP NP, NR. INNISFAIL, qld: AUG 2018


   

 TRINITY BAY & WATERFRONT - CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


RED-CAPPED PLOVER - CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

GREY-TAILED TATTLER - CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


BEACH STONE-CURLEW - CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


   

RAINBOW LORIKEET - CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


FRESHWATER LAKE - FLECKER BOTANICAL GARDENS, CAIRNS, qld: JUL 2018


   

OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD M - FLECKER BOTANICAL GARDENS, CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


 BUSH STONE-CURLEW - PIONEER CEMETERY, CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


   

BUSH STONE-CURLEW - PIONEER CEMETERY, CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


BUSH STONE-CURLEW - PIONEER CEMETERY, CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


   

RUFOUS OWLS - LES DAVIE PARK, CAIRNS, qld: AUG 2018


LAKE MORRIS, DINDEN NP, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUL 2018


   

CRYSTAL CASCADES - REDLYNCH VALLEY, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUL 2018


RED LACEWING - CRYSTAL CASCADES, REDLYNCH VALLEY, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

AUSTRALASIAN FIGBIRD -  REDLYNCH, CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD M -  REDLYNCH, CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

 DOUBLE-EYED FIG-PARROT M -  REDLYNCH, CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


DOUBLE-EYED FIG-PARROT F -  REDLYNCH, CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

YORKEY'S KNOB BEACH, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


AUSTRALIAN PIED OYSTERCATCHER - CLIFTON BEACH, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUL 2018


   

AUSTRALIAN PIED OYSTERCATCHER - CLIFTON BEACH, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUL 2018


 CURTAIN FIG TREE - CURTAIN FIG NP, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

 LUMHOLTZ'S TREE-KANGAROO - WONGABEL SF, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


  LUMHOLTZ'S TREE-KANGAROO - WONGABEL SF, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

 PALE-YELLOW ROBIN - MT. HYPIPAMEE np, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


 WOMPOO FRUIT-DOVE - MT. HYPIPAMEE np, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

SPOTTED CATBIRD - MT. HYPIPAMEE np, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


 MAREEBA ROCK-WALLABY - GRANITE GORGE NATURE PARK, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


   

 PLATYPUS - YUNGABURRA, ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NR. CAIRNS, qld: JUN 2018


 REX LOOKOUT - CAIRNS-PORT DOUGLAS ROAD, qld: JUL 2018


   

TRINITY BAY LOOKOUT - PORT DOUGLAS, qld: JUL 2018


DAINTREE RIVER WILD WATCH - DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


   

DAINTREE RIVER - DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


PAPUAN FROGMOUTH - DAINTREE RIVER, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


   

 AZURE KINGFISHER - DAINTREE RIVER, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


 GREAT-BILLED HERON - DAINTREE RIVER, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


   

ESTUARINE CROCODILE - DAINTREE RIVER, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


RED-BANDED JEZEBEL - DAINTREE RIVERVIEW CAMPGROUND, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


   

 CAIRNS BIRDWING - DAINTREE RIVERVIEW CAMPGROUND, DAINTREE, qld: JUL 2018


FOREST KINGFISHER - KINGFISHER PARK LODGE, JULATTEN, NR. PORT DOUGLAS, qld: JUN 2018


   

 GRACEFUL HONEYEATER - KINGFISHER PARK LODGE, JULATTEN, NR. PORT DOUGLAS, qld: JUN 2018


 TOPKNOT PIGEON - MOUNT LEWIS, JULATTEN, NR. PORT DOUGLAS, qld: JUN 2018


   

  AUSTRALIAN BUSTARD - MARY FARMS, BUSTARD DOWNS, MOUNT CARBINE, qld: JUN 2018


WHITE-THROATED GERYGONE - MCLEOD RIVER, NR. MOUNT CARBINE, qld: JUN 2018


   

RED-WINGED PARROT - LAKELAND, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD (PDR) - NR. COEN, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

'CAMPGROUND' - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


TAWNY FROGMOUTH - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 TAWNY FROGMOUTH - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


TAWNY FROGMOUTH - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROT - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROTS - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROT - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROTS - ARTEMIS STATION, NR. MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE - PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


BLACK-BACKED BUTCHERBIRD - MUSGRAVE ROADHOUSE, PDR, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

NIFOLD PLAIN, LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


BLACK-THROATED FINCH - NIFOLD PLAIN, LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

STAR FINCHES - NIFOLD PLAIN, LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


RED LILY - RED LILY LAGOON, LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE - LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE - LAKEFIELD NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD (PDR) - NR. ARCHER RIVER, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 PORTLAND ROADS ROAD - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


PORTLAND ROADS ROAD - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 BROWN FALCON - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 SPOTTED CUSCUS F - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


SPOTTED CUSCUS F - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 SPOTTED CUSCUS M - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


 SPOTTED CUSCUS M - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

  WHITE-LIPPED TREE FROG - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


 WHITE-LIPPED TREE FROG - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

  GREEN TREE PYTHON - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


GREEN TREE PYTHON - COOKS HUT CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 YELLOW-BREASTED BOATBILL - RAINFOREST CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


FRILL-NECKED MONARCH - RAINFOREST CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

MAGNIFICENT RIFLEBIRD M - RAINFOREST CAMPING AREA, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


TAWNY FROGMOUTH - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

WHITE-FACED ROBIN - IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


FAWN-BREASTED BOWERBIRD - CHILLI BEACH, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

PALM COCKATOO - CHILLI BEACH, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


PALM COCKATOO - CHILLI BEACH, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

YELLOW-SPOTTED MONITOR - CHILLI BEACH, IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


QUINTELL BEACH - LOCKHART RIVER, NR. IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018


   

 QUINTELL BEACH - LOCKHART RIVER, NR. IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018

QUINTELL BEACH - LOCKHART RIVER, NR. IRON RANGE NP, CAPE YORK, qld: JUL 2018



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