Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge  is a haven for bird watchers, photographers, artists and anyone with an interest in natural history. The Lodge is at an altitude of 440m ensuring a milder climate with less humidity than coastal areas such as Cairns and Port Douglas; it has a mountain backdrop and is a "land for wildlife" sanctuary containing an abundance of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants. 220 bird species have been recorded in the grounds and within 1½ km of the Lodge. Checkout our weekly sightings and information blog for latest news on what's happening at the lodge and nearby areas.

Getting There

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers lodge is located in the rural community of Julatten just off the Rex Highway (highway 44) between Mossman on the coast and Mount Molloy at the northern end of the Atherton Tablelands (Cairns Highlands), Far North Queensland. We are within 1½ hrs of the Cairns International Airport.

GPS Coordinates 16°35.622′S, 145°20.43′E

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Tour Operators and Accommodation Providers

Wildlife

Mammals 9 species
Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) 20 3 at the bird tables at reception
Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes) 18 At the bird tables near at reception
Giant White-tailed Rat (Uromys caudimaculatus) 7
Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) 5 In the forest around the camping area
Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) 2
Fawn-footed Melomys (Melomys cervinipes) 2
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) 1
Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) 1
Prehensile-tailed Rat (Pogonomys mollipilosus) 1 High up in the canopy where it froze. They usually take off and run up into the canopy
Land Birds 154 species
Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto delicatula) 18 Including 3 juvs; 2 pairs of two
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 11
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) 7 Birds roosting under wait-a-whiles
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) 5
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) 5
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 4 Male & female
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 4 Always on the bird tables
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) 4
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) 4
Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) 4
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) 4
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) 4 Female
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) 4
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) 4 Juvenile
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) 4
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) 4
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 4
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) 4
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) 4 Female
Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa) 3 heard only; Roosting
Common Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) 3 Male & female
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) 3 Heard; Female
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 3
Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) 3
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) 3
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 3
Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi) 3
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) 3 Heard
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 3
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 3 Heard
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 3
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) 3
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) 3
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 3
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) 3 Heard
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 3
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) 3
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 3
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 3
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 3
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 3
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa) 3
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 3 Heard
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor) 3 Heard; Heard
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) 3
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 3
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) 3 Heard
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) 3
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 3
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 3
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) 3 Bird roosting under wait-a-whiles
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) 3
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 3
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 3
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) 3
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) 3
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 3
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) 3 Heard
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) 3
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 3
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) 3
Bower's Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri) 3
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 3
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 3
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 3 Male and female
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 3
Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) 3
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) 3
Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri) 2
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) 2 Heard
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 2
Mountain Thornbill (Acanthiza katherina) 2
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) 2
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 2
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis) 2
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 2 Male & female
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) 2
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) 2
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 2
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 2
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) 2 Heard
Fernwren (Oreoscopus gutturalis) 2
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 2
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 2
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) 2 Male; Heard
Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus) 2
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) 2 Heard
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) 2
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 2
Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana) 2 Heard
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) 2 Heard
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) 2
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 2
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 2
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) 2
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 2
Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) 2
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 2
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 2
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) 2
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 2
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) 2 Male & female
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 2
Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa) 2
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) 1
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 1
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) 1
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) 1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 1
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) 1
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) 1 Heard
Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster) 1
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1 race Keasti
Black-winged Monarch (Monarcha frater) 1
Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata) 1 Heard
Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) 1 Heard
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis) 1
Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus superbus) 1
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) 1
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) 1 race phalaenoides
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger) 1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) 1
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 1
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) 1
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) 1
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) 1
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) 1 Heard
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) 1
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) 1
Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) 1
Rufous Owl (Ninox rufa) 1 ssp. queenslandica
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) 1
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 2
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 2
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 2
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Dragonflies 10 species
Rhyothemis princeps 2 Sapphire Flutter. Flying for ground level to well ove 20m
Diplacodes trivialis 2 Male & Female
Neurothemis stigmatizans 2 Painted Grasshawk
Petalura ingentissima 1 Could also be Petalura ingentissima - Giant Petaltail
Aethriamanta nymphaeae 1
Austrogomphus amphiclitus 1 First sighting of this dragonfly (Pale Hunter) within the Lodge grounds
Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum) 1
Orthetrum serapia 1
Gynacantha mocsaryi 1
Brachydiplax denticauda 1
Damselflies 3 species
Common Bluetail (Ischnura heterosticta) 1
Agriocnemis pygmaea 1
Indolestes alleni 1
Bats 5 species
Diadem Leaf-nosed Bat (Hipposideros diadema) 4
Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) 2
Northern Blossom-bat (Macroglossus minimus) 1
Eastern Horseshoe-bat (Rhinolophus megaphyllus) 1
Northern Broad-nosed Bat (Scotorepens sanborni) 1
Amphibians 6 species
Northern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria bicolor) 8
Giant Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata) 3
Mixophyes coggeri 2 Cogger's Frog
Roth's Tree Frog (Litoria rothii) 2
Jungguy Tree Frog (Litoria jungguy) 1
Peters' Frog (Litoria inermis) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 2 species
Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius cornutus) 5 1st observed for year; Most seen on a night walk
Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) 1