Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Mt. Lewis 29th September

A morning on Mt. Lewis up behind the Lodge is always worthwhile. Higher altitude species are found here at 950m in an area which is part of Brooklyn Station, owned and run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy a private conservation group. We were met by a group of 3 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo who were noisily chasing each other around in the tree tops. This was followed by a Tooth-
billed Bowerbird calling from above his court of upturned leaves, placed to impress the female. Other birds of note seen on a walk down to an old tin miners dam were Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Topknot Pigeon, White-throated Treecreeper, Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Bridled Honeyeater,

Grey-headed Robin

Grey-headed Robin, Bower’s Shrike-thrush, Black-faced Monarch and the race keasti of the Grey Fantail. On the way down the mountain a stop for birding was interrupted by a Slaty-grey Snake which slowly made its way across the road and back into the rainforest. This shiny black/bluish grey snake with a orange-reddish tongue is harmless but if harassed will strike repeatedly.

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