TRACKS BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Ever wanted to see a Rainbow Pitta hopping around the forest floor? Dreamed of seeing a Gouldian Finch in the wild? How about seeing your first Banded Fruit-dove amongst Monsoon Forests of Kakadu? Being a local bird photographer I have extensive knowledge of Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Victoria River Regions. I can help you find and photograph that bird you've always dreamed of seeing, join Tracks Birding & Photography Tours for an unforgettable day out or the adventure of a multi-day Birding Tour around the Top End of the Northern Territory.
IRON RANGE NATIONAL PARK, LOCKHART RIVER and PORTLAND QLD | 7 Days / 6 Nights
Trip Begins - Cairns, QLD
Trip Ends - Cairns, QLD
DAY 0 - Arrival into Cairns, you will need to make yourself to Cairns a day before the tour (Flights to/from Cairns not included)
Accommodation - Not included
Meals: Not included
Day 1 : We will be heading to Cairns airport nice and early to catch our morning flight to Lockhart River, where we will be spending the next week.
Once we arrive Lockhart we will collect our 4wd and be ready to head out.
For the next 7 days we will be exploring a range of habitats in and around Iron Range National Park, Lockhart River and Portland. Habitats include the dry woodlands for species like Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo and one of the more difficult birds the Yellow-legged Flycatcher.
The rainforest of Iron Range holds some of the star birds, these include Black-winged & Frilled Monarch, Green-backed & Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, White-faced Robin, Magnificent Riflebird, Black-eared Catbird, Red-cheeked Parrot, Tropical Scrubwren, Trumpet Manucode, Northern Scrub-robin and of course the main target Papuan (Red-bellied) Pitta.
The dry woodlands around Lockhart and Portland hold Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, White-browed Robin, White-streaked Honeyeater and another star of the show the Palm Cockatoo.
The mangroves around Portland can be fantastic for White-browed Robin, Mangrove Robin, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Torresian Kingfisher and maybe the Cape York subspecies of Brush Turkey which has a crazy Purple wattle instead of the conventional Yellow.
Dinner each night will be at Portland House where our hosts Sheree & Greg prepare some incredible meals. After dinner each night you will have the option of going out spotlighting for one of Iron Rangers most famous residents, the Green Tree Python. Other reptiles that are possible are Scrub Python, Carpet Python, Spotted Python, Mammals include Giant White-tailed Tree Rat, Cape York Rat, Southern Common Cuscus and Southern Spotted Cuscus. Bird targets are the Northern subspecies of Marbled Frogmouth which is likely to be split and also the more common Papuan Frogmouth.
Accommodation - Portland House, Cape York (http://www.portlandhouse.com.au/)
Meals included: (L, D).
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