November 2015

Part 6: Mount Lewis

Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa)

Blue-faced Parrotfinch has a very resticted range in Australia and Mount Lewis is just about the only location where there is a reasonable chance of seeing one. It is also the shyest of the northern finches and the hardest to see well, even when you are in prime habitat, so you can imagine my joy when a gorgeous male popped up out the grass it was feeding on and briefly perched on a raspberry cane in full view!

a more typical "good" view of a Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa)

The parrotfinches were associating with a flock of about 40-50 Red-browed Finches.

Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis)

Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis)

Mountain Thornbills were common around the clearing and sometimes came very close to where I was standing.

Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina)

These small, hyperactive birds are endemic to the high altitude rainforests of the wet tropics of north-eastern Queensland.

Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina)

Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata)

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