'Kutini Payamu' (Iron Range National Park) in Cape York, is the largest area remaining in Australia of tropical lowland rainforest. Not only home to an extensive list of flora and fauna species, but also many of these are found nowhere else in the country.
One of the most exciting times to visit this area is in early January, when the rainforest ecosystem is pulsating with sounds, smells and sights that will take your breath away. Most of the resident specialty bird species are very active and adding to this well known group, a few select and very sort after migratory birds from New Guinea have arrived for the breeding season as well. Including the, Buff-breasted Kingfisher, Black-winged Monarch and of course the stunning Red-bellied Pitta.
This time of year is of course warmer, but it has several advantages of being quieter (people), along with a history of great sightings and photo opportunities. Some incredible nightime spotlighting with chance sightings of Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, Rufous Owl, Large-tail Nightjars, plus many region endemic mammals, marsupials and reptiles to watch out for, including the Common and Spotted Cuscus, Rufous Spiny Bandicoot, Canopy Goana, Amethyst and Green Python, to name a few.
Expected birding highlights may also include: Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Tawny-breasted and Green-backed Honeyeaters, Frill-necked Monarch, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Magnificent Riflebird, Yellow-legged Flycatcher, Northern Scrubrobin and the Red-cheeked Parrot.
It can be humid and wet, with some tropical downpours expected, so our birding sessions are flexible, with mainly early morning and afternoon excursions, resting in the heat of midday (a/con accommodation at 'The Greenhoose') and with several exciting nightime forays to be enjoyed.
The tour includes and begins with your flight from Cairns to Lockhart River, where your experienced guide David Mead will pick you up and after exploring this magnificent area, concludes on day five with your return flight back to Cairns.
|Duration:||5 days/4 nights|
|Departing From:||Cairns: 10th & 18th January 2019.|
|Departure Time:||Flight times TBA|
|Return Time:||Flight times TBA|
Two regional flights.
Experienced professional guide.
Small groups only.
|Price:||$2750 p.person twin share