Bird and Wildlife Tour
Tropical North Queensland is home to 14 endemic species of birds, and as such attracts bird watchers from across the globe. This tour takes place around an hour south of Cairns, and follows the winding contours of one of North Queensland’s most attractive rivers.
Hitting the water not long after sunrise you are spirited down to the river mouth, here we catch the late starters lazing along the waterfront and on isolated sand bars, taking in the early morning rays gaining energy to take the day on. The Caspian and Crested terns had not yet taken flight, and a pair of Pied Oystercatchers were very accommodating for some close up photography. A quick sweep of the river mouth and it was time to head up into the mangrove estuarine environment.
Egrets, Herons, including the Great Billed Heron inhabit this part of the river in good numbers. Rainbow Bee-Eaters dart out from their perches taking prey on the wing with exacting precision. The rainforest section of the river can seem quiet Barron at times, but the longer you sit and wait, the more activity will come your way. Here to seen are the Honey-Eaters, Sunbirds, Cuckoo Shrikes, Figbirds and Flycatchers. The drift threw this section of the river is stunning, the rainforest hugs the rivers edge providing a broad range of viewing opportunities.
For most of the year the water is crystal clear in the upper reaches, this means you will see a lot of the water wild life as well, Crocodiles basking on the shore, turtles, eels, and many species of fish.