It would have been a shame not to pay a visit to the scenic Baron Falls near Kuranda so my early morning walk was down the boardwalk trail from the carpark to the viewpoints. Being really early there wasn't a soul around which was lovely. The birding revealed a nice showy female Victoria's Riflebird, Spotted Catbird, 2 Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Spectacled Monarch and a couple of Dusky Honeyeaters back by the carpark but the light was pretty awful for photos! An ultra-quick look at Wrights Lookout nearby didn't get me anything so I headed down the winding from from Kuranda down to the coast.
Down on the coast I went to the marvellously named Yorkey's Knob next. At the Half Moon Golf Course I found the so-called wetlands to be just an ornamental lake with nothing on it so I headed around the edge of the GC and along to the river mouth. It was la long walk with birds few and far between but with 2 White-faced Herons and 2 Radjah Shelducks were seen in flight by the river, a fly-over Pacific Baza, Spangled Drongo, a flock of Scaly-breasted Munias and 2 Scaly-breasted Lorikeets it's difficult to complain. On the way out I spotted 6 Bush Stone Curlews lurking under trees on the GC so legged it over the fairway to get some photos!
Bush Stone Curlews
The drive north along the coast was gorgeous, in fact I can't remember a drive I've enjoyed as much. With new and spectacular views around every bend. En-route one area of fields held a good concentration of raptors with numerous Black Kites, Whistling Kites and an Eastern Osprey nest right by the road. It was a happy man who arrived at Newell Beach my next planned stop. Here a Crested Tern was patrolling as was a Caspian Tern plus Silver Gull but not the hoped for Beach Stone Curlew as there was far too much distrubance. I pressed on to Daintree.
Arriving in Daintree I ws planning on a night rough camping but there were signs everywhere prohibiting such rebellious behavoir so I booked myself into the only camp site in the village which was conveniently just above the jetty. A walk around the village and the viilage end of Stewart Creek Road in the late afternoon revealed a Great Crested Grebe on the river, a huge number of noisy Rainbow Lorikeets, Brown Cuckoo-dove, 5 Topknot Pigeons, 2 Sacred Kingfishers, Noisy Friarbirds, Dusky Gerygone, Green Oriole, Little Shrike-thrush, 3 Varied Trillers, White-breasted Woodswallows, 2 Rufous Fantails, Leaden Flycatcher, Eastern Yellow Robin and several Tree Martins.