Yellow Bellied Sunbird

By | January 29th, 2015|Blog|

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

Crimson Finch

By | February 15th, 2013|Blog|

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

Magpie Goose

By | January 3rd, 2013|Blog|

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,

Yellow Honeyeater

By | December 28th, 2012|Blog|

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

Brahminy Kite

By | December 21st, 2012|Blog|

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

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

By | December 7th, 2012|Blog|

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

The Rainbow Lorikeet

By | November 5th, 2012|Blog|

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

Crested Hawk

By | August 17th, 2012|Blog|

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 Spangled Drongo

By | August 3rd, 2012|Blog|

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

Macleay’s Honeyeater

By | July 31st, 2012|Blog|

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

The Bush Stone Curlew

By | June 15th, 2012|Blog|

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

Official opening of the new bird hide!

By | April 29th, 2010|Blog|

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

Australian Birds at Thala

By | October 9th, 2009|Blog|

Birdwatchers contain yourself please! Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala 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

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