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The Port Douglas Christmas Album

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Fruit Bats

Fruit bats hung from the netting surrounding the bird sanctuary. We later saw many bats flying through the rock islands in Palau. Even though Fruit bats are nocturnal, you will see and hear them during the day., 12/25/2004


This is the first Spoonbill we ever saw up close., 12/25/2004

Spoonbill Stripes

This photo shows the stripes on the bill close to his mouth. Alana became quite infatuated with these stripes., 12/25/2004

Rainforest Habitat

Oh my goodness, where is his other leg?!?!?!, 12/25/2004

Pretty Kookaburra

You find the Kookaburra all over Australia and you will no doubt find more pictures of this bird on our web site. The Kookaburra’s birdcall is the most identifiable in Australia., 12/25/2004

Rainforest Habitat Resident

This bird’s feathers have a maroon hue that is revealed in the sunlight. An effect difficult to capture in a photo, but you will enjoy this tantalizing colour if you run across the live bird., 12/25/2004


Of course, no nature preserve in Australia is complete without the Koala. The Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas has a programme that allows people to take photos with Koalas who are actually awake. We didn’t bother, but here is a picture of a snoozing Koala., 12/25/2004


Another resting Koala., 12/25/2004

Rainforest Habitat Bird

Beautiful bird amongst the mangroves., 12/25/2004

Tawny Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouths are camouflage specialists and are often taken for a broken branch. Frogmouths are nocturnal and live in open forest woodlands. Frogmouths perch frozen on a branch, waiting to pounce with their gaped mouths on insects and small animals. Since many of the insects they eat are agricultural pests, Frogmouths are prone to poisoning as pesticides from sprayed insects build up in their bodies., 12/25/2004

Hidden Frogmouth?

The longer we looked, the more frogmouths we found! Unless they move, they are nearly impossible to see, even though they sit right in front of you. This one was wedged between a rock and a tree root., 12/25/2004

Rainforest Habitat Resident

Another Bird in the Port Douglas Rainforest Habitat., 12/25/2004

Rainforest Alana

Alana walking through the Port Douglas Rainforest Sanctuary. The colourful and beautiful Alana attracts the other males in the habitat., 12/25/2004


A carefully balanced kangaroo. , 12/25/2004

Kangaroo Congregation

The habitat sells food that you can feed to the kangaroos. These roos were hanging around the path in case someone was game for feeding. , 12/25/2004

Totally Relaxed

Do you know why kangaroos have evolved to hop? It is efficient, especially in a place where animals need to travel long distances for a meagre feed. The Lonely Planet explains: “This is because the energy of the bounce is stored in the tendons of the legs – much like a pogo-stick – while the intestines bounce up and down like a piston, empting and filling the lungs without needing to activate the chest muscles.”, 12/25/2004

Little Wallaby

The wallaby looks like a miniature kangaroo, 12/25/2004

Cable Bridge

We spent Christmas afternoon hiking through Mossman Gorge – a spectacular lowland forest. This area is traditionally owned by the aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people. There were locals swimming in the crystal clear water despite the fact that the river was running fast due to recent rainfall. There were also signs warning not to enter the river., 12/25/2004

Swamped Roadway

To drive from Port Douglas to Cape tribulation, you use a ferry to cross the Daintree River. This connects you to a narrow and windy road coursing through the steep valleys in the rainforest. This particular section was impassable (for us) because the river was so full from the rain. The marker shows the water level at .8 metres., 12/25/2004

Deep Enough?

Later in the afternoon, after the rain slowed, the river lowered to .4 metres allowing cars to pass. Because this river empties into the ocean, the water level in this area is determined by both rainfall and the tide. You have to be careful not to get stranded on the other side, since either the rain or tide can pick up!, 12/25/2004

Daintree Rainforest Environmental Centre

Alana touring the Daintree Rainforest Environmental Centre. The path snakes from ground level to the top of a 25 metre (82 foot) tower where you look down on the forest canopy. You can spend hours listening to recorded bits of information and reading the accompanying interpretive guide., 12/25/2004

Arial View of Cairns

This is a picture of Cairns taken from the airplane as we left for home. , 12/25/2004