Birds and Wildlife at Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Within 1½ km of the lodge 227 bird species have been recorded as well as many mammals, reptiles, insects, butterflies and plants. It is easy just spending a day walking the grounds of the lodge or just relaxing at your accommodation and waiting for the wildlife to come to you.
Some of the more sought after species of birds recorded around the lodge include: Red-necked Crake, Bush-hen, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, owls such as Barking, Sooty Owl (Lesser), and Barn, Papuan Frogmouth, Grey-headed Robin (Local migrant April-November) and Pied Monarch. The Emerald Dove and Noisy Pitta breed in the grounds as do many of the smaller passerine species such as Large-billed Scrubwren, Large-billed and Fairy Gerygone, Macleay's, Yellow-spotted and Graceful Honeyeater, Pale-yellow Robin, Little Shrike-thrush, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Spectacled Monarch, Cicadabird and Spotted Catbird.
Some other wildlife occurring in the Lodge grounds are: White-lipped
Tree-Frog, Major Skink, Boyd's Forest Dragon, Brown and Common Green
Tree snakes, Australian Scrub Python, Cairns Birdwing Butterfly,
Ulysses Butterfly, Echidna (rare), Platypus, Long-nosed and Northern
Brown Bandicoot, Green Ringtail and Striped Possum, Agile Wallaby,
Spectacled Flying-Fox, White-tailed Rat, and Fawn-footed Melomys.
Please refer to species lists for Frogs,
Moths which have
been recorded at the lodge, these list are by no means complete
as new species are being recorded frequently but they will give
you a guide as to the diversity found within the grounds.
Get a Bird Species List for the Period of your Visit to Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
We have uploaded all our bird sighting records from the Lodge onto the Eremaea eBirds website, these are records since 1994 with the last 9 years being weekly records. This will be very useful to you, our guests, as you can now see a list of species that have been recorded at the Lodge for the period of your visit. To do this go to the ebird site Hotspot list. This will show you a total list of all species seen at the Lodge, you can narrow this list down to the period you will be visiting by selecting months and years at the top of the page, you can then see what has been recorded previously
You can also check the bird species seen on morning walks by going to the ebird site Hotspot list.. Then follow the instructions as detailed for the weekly lists above.
Birdwatching and Spotlighting Ethics Within Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge Grounds
We like our guests to have a good experience at the Lodge and at the same time ensure that observation of the wildlife is conducted with minimal impact.
We don't allow the use of bird call-back within the grounds as this can distress the species whose call is being played and in the case of predators (i.e. owls or raptors) distress other wildlife nearby.
We are a small isolated patch of rainforest and as such territories are at a premium, playback has the potential to disturb and confuse the birds taking them away from their normal routine. We are also an area of high visitation; this has allowed bird species to become less wary of people and most can be seen by being patient. We can point out the most likely places to see certain species. If you want to read a very balanced view of using call back we suggest you read David Sibley's The Proper use of Playback in Birding .
Bird photography is an increasing part of birdwatching and again the well being of the animal being photographed must come first, this is especially true of birds at or on nests. Please don't interfere with the vegetation around nests as a way to get a better image as this type of disturbance may cause the bird to abandon the nest. We like you to go home with some memorable images; this can be achieved by again being patient.
We do conduct spotlighting around the grounds for our guests only, but not every night and only use 30w lights to lessen any impact on species. The use of high powered spotlights is not allowed as these can disturb sleeping birds and dazzle nocturnal species causing damage or temporarily impair vision. The use of flashguns with powerful light magnifiers (eg. Better Beamers) must be used with caution. If you want to spotlight away from the lodge please ask for directions to places that are not in populated areas.
We do have a few bird feeders around the accommodation area and these are used by birds when their natural food source is hard to find. They do not come to the feeders all year around, if there is natural food available that is where they will be found.