Lake Eacham

In November 2011, I was lucky enough to spend some time at Lake Eacham on the Atherton Tablelands. My main task was tracking down little brown skinks, but I managed to track down some other critters along the way. One of them, the northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli), was a reptick for me and completed my set of Cacophis. Another one, the yellow-breasted boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer), was an avitick for me and I really regret not being able to get pics of them. They’re gorgeous little birds, full of personality. Probably the highlight, though, was getting to photograph a striped possum. I’d managed a dodgy look at this species several years ago, but this time I was able to spend a decent amount of time watching and photographing one. They’re much bigger than I remember.

Northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli)
Northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli)

Northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli)
Northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli)

Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)

Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)

Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes)
Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes). A serious contender in the ludicrously cute stakes.

Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes)
Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes)

Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes)
Sugar glider (Petaurus brevipes) licking honey placed on a tree trunk by the lodge owners

Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)
Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata). Probably the winner in the ludicrously cute stakes.

Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)
Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata). He paused on this branch to scratch himself.

Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)
Victoria’s Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae). Female.

Spotted catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Spotted catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae lurida)
Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae lurida). An angry bird if ever I’ve seen one.

Spotted catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Spotted catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)
Victoria’s Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae). Male.

My running total: 359 repticks

Reptick:
Cacophis churchilli

Avitick:
Yellow-breasted boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer)

About Stewart Macdonald

I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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2 Responses to Lake Eacham

  1. tai haku says:

    Is that striped possum at the feeders at Chambers? If so he’s a cracker – made his appearance on the second night of my stay there by dropping onto the tin roof of the hide and scaring the bejeesus out of me: http://tai-haku.blogspot.com/2011/09/stripey-one.html

    I also had long-nosed bandicoot at point blank range foraging underneath him at the time which was pretty sweet for a non-aussie but might be old hat to you seasoned aussie nature watchers.

  2. Yep. I was at that feeding station each night hoping to see one.