A Morning on Mt. Lewis

December 26, 2011


A morning trip up to Mt. Lewis, Julatten, found two  new species of Dragonfly for us along with many of the special high rainforest birds.



Six of us drove the 35 minutes from Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Julatten, up to the 950m clearing on Mt. Lewis. Here we were hoping to find some of the notable higher rainforest species of birds such as Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Bowerbird and Blue-faced Parrot-Finch. This area is famous for its variety of plant and other wildlife, much of which is unique to this mountain area. We found most of the birds we were looking for apart from Golden Bowerbird. Most interest was for the Blue-faced Parrot-Finch as we found at least 12 birds which was the most reported so far this season (from Nov to April). In the rainforest adjacent to one of the many creeks which tumble off Mt. Lewis we found three Giant Rockmaster Diphlebia hybrioides, a rather pretty Damselfly, this was a first for us, also found some Tropical Flatwing Austroargiolestes aureus another first. Managed a few images as they darted around chasing each other. Another productive morning in one of the most special places in Australia.

Locations visited

Mt. Lewis


Damselflies 2 species
Austroargiolestes aureus 4 Tropical Flatwing
Diphlebia hybridoides 3 Tropical Rockmaster



Chris R. on November 3, 2012 about A Morning on Mt. Lewis

Hi Keith, only a week till we head up. Keen for any news on Mt Lewis dragons/damsels, not to mention locations for Golden bowerbirds. I'll be with a few people when we come up, should we be booking a night walk now do you think? In any case talk to you soon. Chris Ross

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge on January 23, 2012 about A Morning on Mt. Lewis

Hi Chris, Yes have seen the Bluestreak but not photographed it yet. I'll be laid low for a while as I have to have surgery on my knee tomorrow and probably will not get up to Mt. Lewis for sometime. Look forward to catching up later in year to chase some dragonflies.

Chris R. on January 15, 2012 about A Morning on Mt. Lewis

Keith, a couple of nice nice species there, you should be able to find a couple of other rockmasters in your area, have you seen them? Also have you seen the Mt Lewis Bluestreak, which is restricted to Mt. Lewis? I'll be up there next November for the Eclipse, booked into Kingfisher Park, I'll be trying for photograph some birds and damselflies/dragonflies as well while up there.

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