A large amount of my time during the final few days of my stay on the Tablelands was spent being chauffeured around Sandy's favourite raptor and crane watching areas.
Spotted Harriers are fairly common in the farmland and cruising around the back roads usually provided at least one sighting per day, sometimes at very close range.
Black-shouldered Kites and Nankeen Kestrels are also common...
The long grass in the roadside verges was home to numerous Golden-headed Cisticolas and we would often be seranaded by singing males whenever we stopped to watch the raptors or cranes.
Cranes continued to be difficult to watch and we didn't once find any feeding close enough to the road for photography so all we got was the occasional fly-by.
Brolgas and Sarus Cranes mix freely on the Atherton Tablelands and hybrids also occasionally occur.
A special treat on my last full day in Queensland was finding a Lesser Sooty Owl in its day roost! A rare lifer for me as there are very few species left in northeastern Queensland I have not yet photographed!
I thought I'd finish off this leg of my 2016 Australian trip with a few miscellaneous scenic shots...
On the evening of 14th November, the moon made its closest approach to the Earth since 1948 and was supposed to appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average full moon. Personally, I didn't notice much difference and thought it was a huge anticlimax!
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