Orange-footed Scrubfowl

By admin| July 13, 2012|

A member of the megapode bird family, which are typically stocky, chicken-like birds with small heads and large feet, the Orange Footed Scrubfowl is a common sight among the leaf ridden areas surrounding Thala. Also found in the islands of Wallacea and southern New Guinea, as well as other parts of northern Australia, this aerodynamic headed creature is somewhat of a romantic, forming permanent pair bonds with its sexual counterpart. The Orange Footed Scrubfowl also appears to be a capricious

Papuan Frogmouth

By admin| December 15, 2009|

It’s a pitch black night here at Thala. A strange repetitive sound ‘zoop zoop zoop zoop’ softly resonates through the rainforest. It is hard to tell which direction it is coming from: But it seems to be generally high up in the canopy. The sea breeze has died away and the still humid air hangs like a blanket over the forest. ‘zoop zoop zoop’ it drones on. Nocturnal birds, as mysterious as their call, Papuan Frogmouths are nesting overhead in

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

By admin| November 9, 2009|

When it comes to BIG butterflies you don’t get better than the Birdwing Butterfly (Omithoptera priamus) or the Cairns Birdwing. Yes, the people of Cairns have named this spectacular butterfly their very own! It is the largest species of butterfly found in Australia. The female has a wingspan of a whopping 15cm, even if she is a little duller, black and white with a touch of yellow, than the male with his showy green, gold and black. They

Ulysses Butterfly

By admin| November 5, 2009|

One of the great pleasures of living in Tropical North Queensland is sitting on a verandah gazing out at luxuriant rainforest. Then there is the jeweled affect of a flash of iridescent blue. Luminous in the sunshine the colour gleams against the lush greens of the rainforest like a gem on a velvet cushion. These swallowtailed butterflies dance a morse code delivered at the whim of their wings. This is, of course, the Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio Ulysses) and

Sugar Gliders Australia – Doogle and Zebedee

By admin| August 24, 2009|

About five years ago two furry little morsels arrived at Thala in the hands of an amazing wildlife carer who had rescued the orphaned baby Sugar Gliders, while still hairless, and raised them to a stage where they could be released into the wild. I would think this a heart rending part of the job of a wildlife carer, however rewarding a good outcome would certainly be. Thala Beach Lodge was chosen as their home in the wild. Newly named

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