Monday, October 6, 2008

Brown Cuckoo-Dove and Collared Kingfishers

It's another beautiful Daintree day today and especially after a little recent rain the country is really looking fresh and green.

I spotted this Brown Cuckoo-Dove next to our walking-track yesterday - they are not very shy birds so it was easy to get quite close.

(Update - the Double-eyed Fig-Parrots are still busily feeding their young in the tree outside the office!)

A pair of Collared Kingfishers (sometimes called Forest Kingfishers) have a nest in a hollow in the next tree to the Parrots' but it is almost impossible to take a photo of them feeding as they move so fast. "Mum and Dad" sit on a nearby branch and take turns to swoop up to the nest and back again.

We had another interesting visitor yesterday. David Stickley who is one of Australia's leading Crossword compilers called in with his family as they are holidaying here in the Far North of Queensland. I'm an amateur cryptic crossword compiler myself and have had a number of my puzzles published in "Crozworld", the magazine of the Australian Crossword Club, although running Daintree Valley Haven means I don't have as much time for crosswords these days.
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