Recent tours to Mt Lewis have been turning up some really good birds. We usually manage to get most of the Wet Tropics Endemics and sometimes all 12. (Or 13 if you wish to include the Spotted Catbird which is also found further north on Cape York Peninsula.)
The Tooth-billed Bowerbirds are still very active at their respective display courts and can be heard calling all along the track.
We have also seen Superb and Wompoo Fruit-dove, Topknot Pigeons and Barred Cuckoo-shrike. Up to 5 flocks of Chowchilla are usually encountered along the length of the track. Both the Bridled and Lewin’s Honeyeaters are abundant and we have occasional sightings of the Eastern Spinebill.
Victoria’s Riflebird are also showing well. The hardest of the endemics to find at the moment seem to be the Golden Bowerbird and the Pied Monarch.
The recent rains have encouraged the fungi to grow and we see some really fancy looking growths
|Various Fungi photographed on Mt Lewis|
The Brush Mistletoe, Amylotheca dictyophleba, and the Climbing Guinea Flower , Hibbertia scanders, are flowering at present and add vivid splashes of colour to the usually green rainforest.
|Brush Mistletoe, Amylotheca dictyophleba|
|Climbing Guinea Flower , Hibbertia scanders|
The Yellow-breasted Boatbill is also frequently seen along the track