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There are lots of birdwatching opportunities around Alligator Creek B & B courtesy of our gardens, mature trees, open paddocks and, of course, the creek itself. We have resident Bush Stone Curlews which have raised a baby or two every year and Sunbirds often build their little nests on the back patio just a couple of metres from the back door. Grevilleas attract a range of birds close to the house and we have lots of seating around the property so you can watch in comfort.

 

   
Red-winged parrot on the birdfeeder    A white-throated honeyeater enjoys playing in some prickly lemon-tree cuttings.
 
We have our own birdlist (see below) for the property, and would be delighted if guests could add to it, but there are lots of other birding haunts nearby. Just 4Km up the road is the Mount Elliott section of Bowling Green Bay National Park where there's a chance of spotting Noisy Pitta, Spectacled Monarch and some cute Rock Wallabies. The salt flats of the AIMS road are just 10Km south (Black-fronted Dotterel was a recent sighting here), the Horseshoe Lagoon birdhide is less than 40Km away (probable glimpses of Brolgas on the way) and there is the possibility of a croc further down the road at the Haughton River boat ramp (we also spotted Brahminy Kite and Sacred Kingfisher on our last visit). Our personal favourite is the ‘Cromarty Circuit’ with likely sightings of Crimson and Zebra Finches and often lots of Brolgas at dusk.
 
Townsville itself (25Km north of ACB&B) offers lots of birdwatching with three Botanical Gardens giving different habitats, and the well-known Town Common with excellent birdhides (http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/townsville/index.html  ). To the west is Toonpan and the Ross River Dam, with the National Winner of the Hidden Jewel Award, Pop Sullivan cruises every Sunday ( www.townsvilletours.com.au  ).
 
Excellent full-day trips include the rainforest at Paluma where Catbirds can often be heard, and there are myriad delights such as Victoria’s Riflebirds, Golden Bowerbirds and Chowchillas to be seen on the well-trodden walking paths. Unfortunately the Ivy Cottage Teahouse, where you could add several birds to your list (cheating? No!!) as they stole scones from your plate, has closed down but there is a licensed restaurant for lunch or dinner. The beautiful Tyto Wetlands ( http://www.tytowetlands.com.au/home.htm ) just outside Ingham has the Eastern Grass Owls as the main attraction but the recently-opened restaurant, looking out across the water is almost a good enough excuse for a visit on its own.

Townsville has a very active birding group who are always welcoming to visitors who might want to join excursions.

 

NEW FEATURE AT ALLIGATOR CREEK BED AND BREAKFAST!!!!

Book for 2 nights or more and you can 'Breakfast with the Birds' in the National Park. Drive 4Km up to the park to catch the 'early birds' and we will bring your freshly-cooked breakfast to you so you can sit and eat at the picnic tables right there under the trees. if you wish to go further afield we can pack a picnic breakfast  for you to take with you. Either way you don't miss out on the birds OR your breakfast!

 

BIRD LIST – ALLIGATOR CREEK BED AND BREAKFAST
 
All listed birds have been seen in or flying over the property. Some are seasonal visitors and are marked (W) for wet-season and (D) for dry-season.
For wonderful photographs of these and thousands of other birds from Australia and across the world, see Ian Montgomery's site www.birdway.com.au/ Some of Ian's beautiful prints are available for guests to buy as a memento of their Alligator Creek visit.
 
Binoculars and birdbooks are available for guests to use so don't worry if you've not brought any with you.
 
1          Darter
2          Plumed Whistling-duck (W)
3          Egrets
4          White-faced heron
5          Sacred Ibis
6          Straw-necked Ibis
7          Royal Spoonbill
8          Yellow-billed Spoonbill
9          Black-necked Stork
10        Bush-stone Curlew (resident pair)
 
11        Masked Lapwing
 
12        Pacific Baza
13        Black-shouldered Kite
14        Black Kite
15        Whistling Kite
16        Brahminy Kite
17        White-bellied Sea Eagle
 
18        Pied (Torresian) Imperial-Pigeon (W)
19        Peaceful Dove
 
20        Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
21        Galah
22        Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
23        Rainbow Lorikeet
24        Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
25        Red-winged Parrot
26        Pale-headed Rosella
 
27        Bronze-Cuckoo (not sure which)
28        Common Koel
29        Channel-billed Cuckoo (W)
30        Pheasant Coucal
31        Brush Cuckoo
 
32        Barking Owl
33        Tawny Frogmouth
34        Large-tailed Nightjar
 
35        White-rumped swiftlet
36        Welcome Swallow
 
37        Blue-winged Kookaburra
38        Forest Kingfisher
39        Sacred Kingfisher
40        Rainbow Bee-eater
41        Dollarbird (W)
 
42        Red-backed fairy wren (D)
 
43        Striated Pardalote
 
44        Helmeted Friarbird
45        Noisy Friarbird
46        Little Friarbird
 
47        Blue-faced Honeyeater
48        White-gaped Honeyeater
49        Yellow Honeyeater
50        White-throated Honeyeater
51        Brown Honeyeater
52        Dusky Honeyeater
53        Brown-backed Honeyeater
 
54        Grey Fantail (D)
55        Willie Wagtail
56        Leaden Flycatcher
57        Satin Flycatcher
58        Spectacled Monarch
59        Rufous Whistler
 
60        Magpie-lark
61        Spangled Drongo
62        Olive-backed Oriole
63        Figbird
64        Great Bowerbird
 
65        Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
66        White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
67        Varied Triller
68        Masked Woodswallow
69        Black-faced Woodswallow
 
70        Pied Butcherbird
71        Australian Magpie
72        Welcome Swallow
 
73        Double-barred Finch
74        Red-browed Finch
75        Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
 
76        Yellow-bellied Sunbird
77        Mistletoe Bird