The growing Osprey family at Thala

By admin| August 7, 2013|

With the house firmly established after undergoing recent renovations and decorations, the young family continues to grow. It is thought by some that extensions may be necessary to cater for this growing brood, but one thing is clear, the family love their home  - and the neighbourhood. The neighbours equally appreciate these long-term residents. The famed, local restaurant has been named after them and a magnificent, large portrait - possibly of an ancestor – adorns the walls of the reception

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

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

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

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