The Atherton Tablelands are renowned for the many and varied species of birdlife that can be found.
The Townsville Bird Club have provided us with a list of birds which have been seen either in the Park or flying overhead. A full copy may be obtained from Reception. However, just to tempt you, some of the birds which may be found here or have been seen flying over the Park, include the:
Emerald Dove, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, many species of the Honeyeater such as the Blue-faced, Macleay's, Lewin's and Yellow-spotted. You may also see many varieties of Dove, such as the Emerald, Peaceful, Bar-shouldered and Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove. The Brown Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Black Kites have also been seen.
It is quite an extensive list and we welcome our guests to add to it.
Of special interest, is our close proximity to Hasties Swamp, formerly known as the Nyleta Wetlands.
At Hasties Swamp you will find a 2-storey bird hide which has fantastic views across part of the Swamp and neighbouring hills and is part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network. Birds Australia North Queensland was instrumental in creation of the hide which includes displays featuring the Swamp's birdlife and history. The lower storey has wheelchair access and there are toilets and some parking available. It is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy nature at its best. Birding highlights can include large numbers of waterfowl and roosting Sarus Cranes (winter - dry season).
Please ask at Reception for a copy’s of the Hasties Swamp Birdlist and the Atherton Township Birdlist.
These birdlists have been compiled by Birds Australia North Queensland.
We gladly welcome birdwatching groups to stay in the Park. If anyone has any photos they would like to share with us, we would love to display them on our website.
We wish to acknowledge Ray Sutton who has provided us with some fabulous photos of birds in the Park.
For natural history and bird watching tours or nocturnal spotlighting and Tree-kangaroo tours we recommend Alan's Wildlife Tours. Alan is a local Tablelander who grew up on the western Cape York Peninsula and has a life long interest in natural history. Please visit Alan's website on www.alanswildlifetours.com.au
Also offering nocturnal spotlighting tours is "Eyes On Wildlife". Patrick is the Owner-Operator-Guide, very happy to pick up at a meeting point or from our Park. Patrick also offers Savannah Way Tours and a Georgetown-Chillagoe Tour -- lots to choose from and loads of fun for everyone. Please visit Patrick's website on www.eyesonwildlife.com.au
Close-Up Birding Adventures with David "Chook" Crawford. David has a range of tours and adventures to choose from and he is very happy to pick guests up from our Park. Please visit Chooks website on www.closeupbirding.com.au
For more birding information, please visit www.birdingaustralia.com.au