Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Cairns Foreshore...again

We spent most of today being tourists but managed to carve out the late afternoon for more birding along The Esplanade and found even more waders:

Great Knot, Cairns Esplanade, Qld
Curlew Sandpiper, Cairns Esplanade, Qld
Bar-tailed Godwit, Cairns Esplanade, Qld
Black-fronted Dotterel, Cairns Esplanade, Qld

including a few of last night's favourites

Eastern Curlew, Cairns Esplanade, Qld
Greater Sand Plover, Cairns Esplanade, Qld
Grey-tailed Tattler, Cairns Esplanade, Qld

Pied Imperial Pigeons were among the many birds looking for roosting sites in the palms along the Esplanade

Pied Imperial Pigeon, Cairns Esplanade,Qld

but the most interesting interaction was between these two:

Helmeted Friarbird + Varied Honeyeater, Cairns Esplanade,Qld

The two birds sat on this palm frond for a few minutes eyeing each other but did not otherwise seem to mind the presence of the other.


  1. HI Ian Sorry O got your name wrong yesterday. Anyhow, I assume as you didn't reply you did not need or want to meet John Seale. That was another great collection of birds on the Esplanade. It is a marvelous place I think. I never saw the Great Sand Plover anytime there.

    1. Hi Margaret, we did have a brief chat with John one evening - lovely man.

  2. I've been following your blog for the last few posts Ian, and just thought I'd drop a comment to let you know that I am extremely jealous! Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Rohan,
      We had a fantastic time in Ingham and Cairns - the birding is amazing. I'm just sorry it's taking so long to get posts done but there are more to come: stay tuned for Daintree, Kuranda and Michaelmas Cay
      Cheers, Ian :-)

  3. Oh my gosh "Along the esplanade!"
    Did you have to put down your coffee / (insert preferred beverage here).
    What a place! I'm really enjoying your northern posts!

    1. Thanks Pete,
      Yes, it is an astounding place for birding: Bars, Cafe's Restaurants on one side of the road and this sort of birdwatching on the other :-)


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