I plan to share my experiences of nature in the Cairns area later in the year, once I've had time to sort through all the images. As an appetiser here is an image of perhaps the best known Australian bird, the Kookaburra (a giant kingfisher that eats insects, small birds, chips etc).
|Blue-winged Kookaburra, near Mount Molloy, Queensland|
It was good to get out and about this morning in the beautiful crisp sunshine, definitely helped sooth the jet lag a bit.
I spend a good hour or so at Tadmarton Heath just as the day was starting to warm up. A large flock of Goldfinches greeted me, close to a hundred birds, feeding on the seeds of thistles and other Compositae growing in the cultivated strip. Most of them were juvenile birds, indicating a successful breeding season.
Many Speckled Wood butterflies were on the wing, mostly high up amongst the Ash trees. A couple of very smart Red Admirals were much more approachable, basking on the Bramble leaves.