Couples Accommodation Cairns a World of Birds

Couples Accommodation Cairns a World of Birds

When we discovered the land we built our two rain forest retreats on, beside a river on the edge of Cairns, we felt inspired. It was such a lovely place we were lost for words for what to call it. And then we heard a distinctive call I recognized. It was a sulpur crested white cockatoo and it was looking down on me inquisitively from a tree above. ‘Shall we call this cockatoo country’ my companion suggested. ‘I’ll go one better,’ I said. ‘I christen this place Wanggulay, the name the indigenous Tjapukai people gave North Queensland. Because I want this place to become the epitome of couples accommodation Cairns and a world of birds.

The sulpur-crested white cockatoo is a popular inhabitant of wooded habitats in Australia, New Guinea, and some islands of Indonesia too. It is largely  a ground feeder, living off a diet of berries, seeds, nuts and roots. It may travel in raucous  groups. However it becomes more solitary when breeding, The partners use their stout beaks to hollow out a suitable tree in which to incubate and raise their chicks.  The family structure is stable. Both birds also incubate and care for the chicks. These chicks remain with their parents all year round and family groups may stay together indefinitely.

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Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo: Ersu: CC 2.0

Couples Accommodation Cairns Where Bird Calls Greet

When you wake up to the sounds of the rain forest. you will hear the dawn chorus of some remarkable birds. The wollack-wa-hoo call is the song of the Wompoo Fruit Dove. These are fairly large at up to 45 centimetres long including the tail. The purple on their neck, and chest, and lower belly creates a vivid contrast to their bright green under-body and yellow wing tips.

Wompoo Fruit Doves travel in large flocks in search of abundant food. You will see them skilfully finding fruit, and occasionally insects in the treetops of our globally acknowledged heritage rain forest. They build sturdy nests out of forked twigs closer to the ground. The hen lays a single white egg. However the parents will attempt a second mating if the chick does not survive.

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Wompoo Fruit Dove: Jim Bendon: CC 2.0

More Lovely Birds for Spotting in Cairns Rain Forest Trees

Among North Queensland couples accommodation Cairns offers perhaps the best opportunities for bird photography. After all, where else could you enjoy such pristine beauty,  with the Great Barrier Reef and Whale Spotting on your doorstep too? While the White Bellied Crimson Finch is on the vulnerable list, you should have several sightings in our moist subtropical moist shrubland.

White Bellied Crimson  Finches like feeding on seeds of herbaceous plants and grasses, although being omnivores they also nibble on spiders and other insects in Pandanus and Corypha palms. You’ll sometimes find them in quite large groups on the river bank on hot windless days. Some folk call them ‘blood finches’ on account of their bright colouring. In reality, they are,social creatures ideal for photography.

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White Bellied Crimson Finches: GDW.45: CC 3.0

Couples Accommodation Cairns Where Rainbow Bee Eaters Nest

The Rainbow Bee Eater is one of Cairns‘ most colourful birds. Everything from the golden crown  to the distinctive mauve tail streamers is purposefully in balance. The long slim curved bill confirms a diet of butterflies, bees, moths, wasps, dragonflies, and beetles. Therefore this is no shy wallflower no matter how beautiful they may be.

For rearing babies and couples accommodation Rainbow Bee Eaters find nesting sites on sandy river banks. Then they dig  tunnels up to ninety centimeters long they often line with grasses. There they raise their babies, quite often sharing the duty with auxiliary helper birds. They winter in North Queensland. Then they fly down south for their summer hols.

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Rainbow Bee Eater on Drinking Fountain in Cairns: J J Harrison: CC 3.0


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