Kuranda is a village in the rainforest on the tableland above Cairns. Now a major tourist mecca, it was once a sleepy hippie town where the aroma of marijuana drifted along the beautiful treed streets. It was our first visit to Kuranda, and I was specifically interested in the birds and butterflies, rather than the tourist attractions and shopping. Tonight I will share some of the birds, and maybe tomorrow some of the butterflies.
We drove up from Cairns rather early in the day, arriving well before the first trainload on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, or the spectacular Skyway. We were the first people to enter birdworld, so the big parrots were curious and eager to greet us. This is a Scarlet Macaw from Central and South America.
The dominant bird in the aviary is Eric, the Blue and Gold Macaw. As Eric moved towards a feeding station the other birds moved away …. then we saw why! Eric caught the tail feathers of an Eclectus parrot and hung on, only letting go when a human reached out to help release the captive.
Later Eric was fascinated by my zoom lens, reaching under the rail on which I was stabilising myself, to have a close look and possibly a nibble. Stuart has that photo, which I will share one day. Here is Eric striding along the rail to get close to me!
The aviary is quite well landscaped, with flowing water and a fountain, thick planting, and a few separate areas, one for the Cassowaries.
Mandarin ducks blended in with other water birds, such as Black Swans, egrets, herons and so on.
Doves and pigeons cooed in the trees or the undergrowth … here is an Emerald Dove, and below it a Torres Strait Pigeon.
I like this view of the pigeon revealing its beautifully barred tail feathers.
This is a male Eclectus parrot … we did not see the female … perhaps she was sitting on eggs? There were many more birds, but our favourites were sitting high up in the canopy, grooming themselves and each other. It was almost impossible to get them in the camera's viewfinder, which is why I was squatting under the rail where Eric came to see what I was up to! These are three Glossy Black Cockatoos, the same ones we have at home, but perhaps not as shy.
and here is a close of those glorious tail feathers ….
Wishing you peace and joy, it seems to radiate from these lovely birds! Butterflies tomorrow, so do drop by … only a few days until we are home again and I will be able to came and visit all your blogs to catch up on what I have missed.