Driving up in the early morning we hit several belts of fog and I wondered if we were in for a damp and dreary start. Fortunately, as we drove up into the rainforest the fog disappeared and soon we were parked up next to a large grassy clearing in the forest. Following directions from Alan, we carefully made our way into the rainforest and located a particular spot that was well hidden in the lush vegetation - the display ground of the Golden Bowerbird - one of the endemic birds of the Atherton Tablelands.
We waited for about 15 minutes, then suddenly the male bowerbird appeared and immediately started tending his bower. A stunning looking bird, his bright yellow and olive plumage glowed within the muted greenery of the rainforest. He was soon carefully arranging clumps of grey lichen around the bower. In low light conditions within the depths of the rainforest, photography was challenging, but I managed to capture a few record shots.
We returned in the evening to join a spotlighting tour led by Alan Gillanders. This is a great way to see many of the nocturnal marsupials and learn about their behaviour and ecology - highly recommended. We visited two different habitats - rainforest and the drier eucalypt forest. I was especially thrilled to see my first ever Tree Kangaroo, but the sheer variety and beauty of these endearing marsupials was really amazing to see.
|Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo|
|Lumuroid Ringtail Possum|
|Coppery Brushtail Pussum|