As Fall is just around the corner in some areas of the world, other areas are just about to get showered with the beautiful wonders of Spring. And, as any passionate bird enthusiast knows, Spring is when the birds come out. Also, it just happens that we have the perfect place for you to go find those birds.
With its ideal location in the far north area of the Queensland region in Australia, Bloomfield Lodge offers one of the best places to spot the seasonal birds. The eco resort is semi-surrounded by the jungle of the World Heritage-sited Daintree Rainforest, famous for its rich bird life.
Being home to more than 430 species, including Australia’s endemic Macleay’s Honeyeater, Pied Monarch, Victoria’s Riflebird, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Mangrove Heron, and Double-eyed Fig Parrot, to name a few, the Daintree Rainforest is considered one of the premier bird watching locations in Australia.
Whether you are a simple bird enthusiast or passionate wildlife photographer, you can count on Bloomfield Lodge to arrange a guided bird watching tour based on your own personal preferences. These half-day guided tours are personal, informative, and offer a unique experience to help you navigate through the local environs and this remote location. Depending on what types of birds you are interested in, you can choose from a variety of different ecologies ranging from rainforest to tropical wetland to eucalypt forests. Just remember that the bird life you may be looking for is dependent on the weather and seasons.
During the Australian Spring, spanning from September to November, you find species like Orange-footed Scrubfowl and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. While some birds spend the majority of their days out by the Reef, the Scrubfowl and Kingfisher are typically found in the rainforest. The Scrubfowl is one of the three megapodes in Australia and is known for the birds’ large orange feet. While out in the rainforest, besides listening for gargles and loud double crows, keep an eye out for their huge nests. They are typically 2-3 meters tall, up to 15 meters in diameter, and can weigh up to 50 tons.
The Kingfisher, on the other hand, is sometimes hard to spot despite its bright blue and orange colours. It is however known for showing up in pairs and usually at night. It is a very popular bird among birdwatchers in Far North Queensland and you can be sure your guides will know how to help you spot it. Just keep your binoculars ready at all times.