Australian Birds at Thala

By admin| November 21, 2016|

Birdwatchers contain yourself please! Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, probably due to the very dry period. A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been spotted, a very uncommon sighting so close to the coast. This beautifully coloured very shy ground feeding bird has been spotted at Thala. Also, a Bassian Ground Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) which feeds in a similar manner to the Noisy Pitta, had also been seen in

Yellow Bellied Sunbird

By admin| January 29, 2015|

Adorned with a metallic blue chest and throat, and a bright plumage true to its name, the Yellow bellied Sunbird can be found fluttering about the forest surrounding Thala. This often fearless bird also possesses a long curved beak, which it uses to hunt spiders from their homes and extract nectar from flowers. Found in north-eastern Australia, as well as Southern Asia, the Yellow-bellied Sunbird breeds between September and February. Its nests are typically long hanging structures made from bark,

Crimson Finch

By admin| February 15, 2013|

Within Thala’s stunning surrounds, it’s the native residents which often lend the resort its vibrant setting. One such resident, which you may occasionally spot around the grounds, is the crimson finch, a flustered looking bird with a bright red face that often enjoys to snack on a hearty spider. Found in both Papua New Guinea and the east and west side of Far North Queensland, the crimson finch - also known as the blood finch, pheasant finch and the Australian

Magpie Goose

By admin| January 3, 2013|

While sounding like some disturbing hybrid mutation that swoops residents while making loud honking noises, the magpie goose is a species in its own right. In fact, it comes from a very old family, with one relative, Vegavis iaai, known to subsist approximately 67 million years ago. However, much like other geese, the magpie goose does indeed utter a loud honking sound. And if you’re in any doubt you’ve spotted one, they also have a distinct black and white plumage

Yellow Honeyeater

By admin| December 28, 2012|

With a name like Yellow Honeyeater, it’s no wonder this bird often chirps happily, as it conjures up such lovely imagery. It's also a fortunate bird in that it’s endemic to north Queensland, where it flutters around its favourite tropical haunt - moist, lowland and mangrove forests, where it enjoys the good life. Despite its syrup slurping surname, the bird in fact mostly eats nectar from plants such as Grevilleas and wild Bottlebrush Orchids. It appears to enjoy this existence

Brahminy Kite

By admin| December 21, 2012|

While sounding like a sweet bird, the Brahminy Kite is not to be trifled with. With piercing dark eyes and a strongly aquiline yellow beak, the bird is primarily a scavenger, feeding on dead fish and crabs. And in order to get its meal, it will readily steal fish from other birds, attacking its fellow sky cruisers such as Whistling Kites and Ospreys. Found on the Indian subcontinent, South-East Asia, and Australia, the Brahminy Kite soars mainly around the coast,

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

By admin| December 7, 2012|

Look to the skies in the country’s north, particularly during dry periods, and you may see (or hear) a strange and beautiful bird. A dark creature with red panels on its tail, the red-tailed black cockatoo is a diurnal and notoriously raucous bird. In courtship, the males softly growl before puffing out their feathers, hiding their beak, singing and then flashing their red tail at the female, who then often bites him. The female red-tailed black cockatoo, unlike the its

The Rainbow Lorikeet

By admin| November 5, 2012|

A colourful addition to the treetops of Far North Queensland is the rainbow lorikeet. Possessing a stunning chromatic plumage in the form of a deep-blue head, bright-green wings, tail, back, and a yellow-rump and thighs, the lorikeet’s vibrant hues light up the rainforest surrounds. Rainbow Lorikeets are common visitors to the treetops surrounding Osprey's Restaurant at Thala where their colourful display and boisterous attitude provides amusing entertainment for diners. Also found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Soloman

Crested Hawk

By admin| August 17, 2012|

With generous, piercing eyes and a unique hunting technique, the Crested Hawk, also known as the colloquial sounding Pacific Bazza, is a character all of its own amongst the landscape surrounding Thala. Found in coastal parts of north and east Australia, Wallacea, New Guinea and their surrounding islands, the Crested Hawk spots its food from the treetops, raises its wings into a signature v shape and plummets swiftly towards its disadvantaged prey. These unfortunate individuals consist of stick insects, birds,

The Spangled Drongo

By admin| August 3, 2012|

There’s not many names that suit the character of a creature as aptly as the Spangled Drongo, a sort of yobo of the avian world that’s earned its name through its often comical and clamorous behaviour. The sound this bird makes has been likened to that of a stifled sneeze, followed by a strangled cat-like noise, which is then followed by something that resembles strings being inharmoniously plucked and stretched in an overexerted frenzy. Not all birds, it seems, are

Macleay’s Honeyeater

By admin| July 31, 2012|

Endemic to Far North Queensland, between Cooktown and the southern end of the Paluma Range, the Macleay’s Honeyeater is an inconspicuous species that flitters at the edge of rainforests, in orchids and in gardens. However, the Macleay’s Honeyeater differs from the numerous other members of the honeyeater family in that it perches higher up within the rainforest. It also flits from branch to branch when it’s not hovering around a range of flowering plants. Despite its unassuming nature, the Macleay’s

The Bush Stone Curlew

By admin| June 15, 2012|

In the open forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly in the north, there roams a long legged, ground dwelling bird called the Bush Stone Curlew. Occupying a similar ecological niche as the North American roadrunner, this golden eyed bird is both a graceful and beautiful creature. Its chilling wail is commonly heard at night, and you could be excused for not connecting the unusual call with this strange bird. Essentially a carnivore, the Bush Stone Curlew is also a nocturnal

Official opening of the new bird hide!

By admin| April 29, 2010|

Amongst peaceful doves and under the watchful eye of the resident nesting pair of Osprey, David Anderson and the team at Thala officially launched the newest addition to the host of natural wonders that can be experienced at Thala Beach Lodge. The Bird Hide is nestled within native trees and shrubs with views across the coconut plantation and on to the majestic rainforest clad Macallister Range. Here you can watch the Osprey feed their young while the other bird life

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