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

Southern Cassowary
Last March a new juvenile cassowary appeared in our forest. Judging by the size of his casque and wattles and the fact that there were still some brown feathers visible on the back, we tentatively assumed it was a 3...…
Queensland Day Moth, Alcides metaurus
Australia has 20-30000 species in the order Lepidoptera, of which about 450 are butterflies. There isn’t a big difference between butterflies and moths. Both usually have a coiled proboscis and four scaly wings. Some butterflies are active at night, and...…
adult male Victoria's Riflebird displaying
After some rain (cyclone Owen didn’t have much effect on us), many more birds are breeding now. There are more insects around for feeding their offspring. We also have a large number of honeyeaters taking advantage of the mass-flowering of...…
Little Red Flying-foxes
The Red Mahogany trees (Eucalyptus resinifera) in our area finally began to flower a couple of weeks ago, and, as expected, are attracting large numbers of Little Red Flying Foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). They are easily distinguished from other large fruit...…
riflebird and tree-kangaroo
While I was watching the adult riflebird performing near the cabin, I spotted a Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo in the large wattle (Acacia melanoxylon) nearby. Then it was the young male’s turn: “Hey you, I am talking to you!” Trying to get...…
After several weeks of performing on theĀ  tree trunk near the cabin, the adult male Victoria’s Riflebird has finally caught the attention of a female. She now comes in for a closer look at the daily dances, and sometimes flies...…

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