Continuing our exploration of the deep dark rainforests of the Lamington Mountain National Park, Queensland, we showcase fourrarely seen birds which we saw on our visit to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The Alberts Lyrebird is the second of the two only Lyrebirds in the world, both of which are found in Eastern Australia.
Rainforest in a cloud, high up on Green Mountain
However, the Alberts is only found in a very small portion of rainforest near the NSW-Queensland border high up in the Great Dividing Range in Lamington National Park. The Alberts Lyrebird is different in appearance to the Superb Lyrebird which is commonly found in the forests of south eastern Australia. I have posted the Superb frequently from the Sydney region of the Royal NP and further south in Budderoo NP. Compare the two…
Superb Lyrebird male
Though they are quite different in appearance they both have similar behavioural characteristics. They both mimic other bird sounds, and both males perform a mating dance to attract the female, but are much more secretive. Here is some footage captured of one calling.
Most rainforest birds forage on the leafy insect and grub rich rainforest floor under the cover of darkness, they are often difficult to see and more so to photograph, and are very timid to human presence.
Another bird we diligently pursued was the Paradise Riflebird, a beautiful bird seldom seen because it forages high up in the canopy of the ancient rainforest trees, prying bark and pressing its long curved beak into tree crevices in search of insects and grubs. We would have loved to see the beautiful male, but we were blessed to see a pair of juveniles, which resemble the female. You can observe how it uses its long beak, prying away bark, which is a giveaway to their presence. They are usually very high up in the tree, making photography difficult due to distance and very poor light. This bird was a lifer for us. Though we continue to seek out the more beautiful and elusive male. Click on photos to enlarge them.
Another bird seldom seen because it is small and camouflaged as it digs down into the rainforest floor in the darkness, is the Australian Logrunner. These tiny birds are difficult to photograph as they constantly move, and are extremely timid of human contact. Notice how well they make themselves invisible in the third pic.
Here is prime footage of one calling as he forages. He is out of sorts because he is our alone from the family group,
Here is some precious footage of a male and female pair foraging together, watching out for each other as they dig. Notice the female has the rufous throat and the male the white.
The Russet-tailed Thrush is another rarely seen rainforest bird, extremely shy of humans, more so than its cousin the Bassian Thrush which is also shy but more often seen. The Bassian will freeze and remain motionless to blend into the background whereas the Russet-tailed will immediately flee once it sees you. Note the distinguishing long white under tail seen in the third photo. This bird is usually seen foraging on the rainforest floor, but on this unusual occasion, after asking God for something special we found this bird sitting quietly on a low branch, and allowed us to photograph it before it left.
It can be difficult to differentiate the Bassian from the Russet-tailed, except for the more rufous wing colouring and white on the under wing.
All of these elusive birds live hidden and protected in their dark moist rainforest habitat. They are wonderfully camouflaged and survive well while they remain in their dark forest habitat. They become extremely vulnerable when they attempt to employ their camouflage outside of their normal habitat, where predators find them easy game. So it is with us when we attempt to live and move outside God’s best for our life, for which we were intelligently designed for. This is why when we mistreat our body, mind or spirit we become vulnerable to all sorts or addictions, diseases, neuroses and emotional disorders.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Your wordisalamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105
Have a wonderful week! Despite the rain and lack of advertising, I managed to sell many books at the Australasian Bird Fair.