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

Superb Fruit-dove
This male spent all day in one tree, about 5 metres from our veranda. Feeding, sunbathing, preening, snoozing, feeding, snoozing, feeding, pooping,… I had a lazy day, too, watching him for hours. He was briefly joined by a Golden Bowerbird...…
Finally the Superb Fruit-doves are back in droves! Their favourite fruits here ( Symplocos cochinchinensis, which grow as a small understorey tree) are starting to ripen and we should see and hear a lot more of them over the next...…
Most cicada species spend many years living as nymphs in the soil, feeding on plant roots. Depending on the species, and probably external conditions, there are mass hatchings in some years, when thousands emerge from the ground and hatch into...…
Tree-roo baby close-up
The Turpentine trees have begun to flower, attracting honeyeaters and lorikeets during the day and Little Red Flying Foxes at night. The smaller Symplocos trees are in full bloom and some of our large Rainforest Rock Orchids have just finished...…
immature male Victoria's Riflebird displaying
The Victoria’s Riflebirds have been displaying all year round on a tree stump near the cabin and activity picked up in August. Now two immature males and an adult bird are jostling for pole position. The young males often also...…
nature refuge
We are proud to announce that our property is now a Nature Refuge, the highest conservation status for private land in Queensland (comparable to National Parks). Future owners (hopefully in the far distant future!) will be bound by this conservation...…

1 thought on “For Love of Trees and Nature: Dendrophilia Nature Refuge

  1. I really commend you on your efforts, it’s fantastic! Still much of this planets population don’t realize that trees and plants are life sustaining, giving us air to breathe.
    And many people don’t realize what they can do in their own backyards to help the environment, they prefer to just say industry is polluting the planet.
    I think it’s about time for many more people to educated about the environment, or the TV stations could run regular educational ads to wake people up.

    Again well done with your forest and all the biodiversity youve established there.

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