2nd September 2018
The very best of the beautiful places & remarkable people you find on the Cape. Thank you Hamish & Isabella.
Minny & Henrick Nicholas
It was 2 am the still moon lit sky was screaming for help. Sitting straight immediately from the bed, I rose concerned the raucous might wake our guests some 300 metres from where I lay. The unmistakable cry for help from the trapped Kookaburra, continuously screeched into the full moon. A murder was underway!
Grabbing a torch I raced out into the night to assist or shut the noise down. Some 16 metres up a black butt tree, one of many in the vast expanse of our front yard, our local Rufous Owl had a firm hold within his dangling talons a Kookaburra; the other foot firmly holding the branch. A sight we had seen a few times before. Quickly I was able to obtain from the lawn, several hard wood branches to throw. Many attempts and close misses later, this old owl knew the routine.
Crazy humans trying to get an easy hand on my dinner, not tonight you won’t! We have successful saves before.
A couple of strong strangles with the beak, the noise ceased. Immediately in graceful swoop of the lawn, over the driveway, then deep into the rainforest she disappears with her feed.
The night again falls silent……………
These above shots above were taken on another evening. Under camouflage of the ferns, I became the prey whilst taking photos of the Rufous. She grabbed my hand and camera throwing the camera to the lawn some metres away. My hand was bleeding from 4 large punctures from her talons. What an unforgettable experience to say the least. The camera still works, my hand is fine!
In 2020, Cooktown will celebrate our shared history in the spirit of reconciliation on the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s sojourn in
the mouth of the Endeavour River. We invite you on a voyage of discovery through the events that shaped the history of our nation. Inspired by the history of the encounters between the Europeans and Australia’s first peoples, we will work in partnership to educate and inspire individuals and communities and build a stronger future through a greater understanding of past events. Cooktown 2020 is a 48-day festival commemorating the arrival of James Cook 250 years ago, the scientific discoveries that were recorded during his 48 days on shore and the interactions that occurred between the crew and
the Guugu Yimithirr people. We welcome you to get on board and share our stories.
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Australia has approximately 800 native bird species, from the iconic emu and the good humoured kookaburra, to the eye-dazzling (critically endangered) orange-bellied parrot, or the rare Victoria Riffle Bird. Greater Cooktown is a birdwatchers paradise – almost 200 bird species are documented at Mungumby throughout the year.
The Greater Cooktown region, Cape York and Atherton Tablelands are rated by many in their Top Ten Bird watching spots in Australia. Whether you’re a hardcore binocular-wielding twitcher with multiple species ticked off or have a casual interest in birds, bird watching is a splendid excuse to get amongst nature.
Helpful Birdwatching Tips
How to go bird watching in an open forest or woodland
How to go bird watching in a wetland
How to go bird watching on a beach
We’d love to hear about your bird watching adventures. Please share your bird watching photos and stories with us on social media!
As a family owned and operated local business the lodge has played an
active role in Cooktown’s business community for the past 30 years.
Australian Pacific Lodges for the past 17 years of ownership has taken
the property to new heights. Our CEO has 30 years Tropical Far North
Queensland tourism experience. “From purchase till today we always find it challenging to get people to come and explore the greater Cooktown region or understand how much this region has to offer” said Hamish Haslop. However history, the adventure and our regions genuine culture is so rich, well travelled travellers and travel agents in the know find us. 80% of our business comes internationally through traditional distribution systems, we have also seen strong growth in the corporate market. Locals from Port Douglas, Mossman, Townsville and the Tablelands who wish to enjoy the regions history and nature from a unique base, versus a motel will stay at Mungumby Lodge.