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This book has photographs and write-ups for the commoner 328 species found in Cairns & Tablelands, North Queensland, Australia, and also includes maps and directions for the some of the best birding sites in the area including sites on the Great Barrier Reef. such as Michaelmas Cay and Green Island.
Far North Queensland has the largest avifauna of anywhere in Australia with over 500 species recorded. An area of great biological diversity it offers, coastal and estuarine habitats, low, mid and high altitude rainforest, riverine thickets and wetlands, and even large tracts of savannah, with examples of each habitat being easily accessible making it one of the best areas to bird in Australia. The Wet Tropics area around Cairns and the Tablelands stretches from Mt Carbine and the Daintree in the north to the Palmerston Highway in the south and from the coast inland to Mareeba and Wondecla, and holds an astounding 13 local endemics. Iconic birds include Southern Cassowary, Golden Bowerbird, Buff-breasted Paradise kingfisher, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. Victorias’ Riflebird and Chowchilla.
With a lifetime interest in wildlife in general Jun Matsui started bird guiding in 1993 when he worked as a volunteer ranger at the Hikarigaoka nature park in Tokyo, Japan. After working at Yatsu-higata Bird Observatory in Tokyo bay where he collected and managed data and involved in setting up environmental education program and guiding as well as general management, he first arrived in Australia in 1999. Spending a year traveling around and volunteering at various bird hotspots including Broome Bird Observatory he eventually took a job as a specialist bird tour guide based in the tropical Far North Queensland town of Cairns.