The Whitsundays has been on a quick mend in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, dealing with the cleanup and damages associated with the storm. Among those affected are the abundant wildlife, who too had to whether the storm and are also dealing with the aftermath. With many habitats destroyed and thorough cleanup process ahead, wildlife carers ask that locals take extra care when tidying, taking down trees or doing general cleanup. Many of the native tree, flower and shrub species were damaged in the storm, which serve as homes and food sources for many native animals, leaving them hungry or without proper shelter
The idea of hand feeding a wild bird for the perfect photo op or the chance to say that you got up close and personal with a cockatoo or lorikeet is a tempting to even the most cautious animal lover. However, while it might seem cool and worth it, there is a potential that you could cause harm to the animal or cause irreversible behavioural changes that it will live with for a lifetime.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine park is home to an estimated 175 bird species, many of which live permanently in the Whitsundays area. With a variety of birds, from high-fliers to those that wade in the shallows, you can see every combination of colour, size and mannerisms in the beautiful abundance of birds in the Whitsundays.
The Proserpine rock-wallaby is an endangered species of wallaby that lives in rocky outcrops and ledges in Northern Queensland, and has been on the endangered list since 1992. Small, brown and agreeably very cute, they are shy around people and spend most of their days sleeping in sheltered areas.
The Boobook Owl, also known as the Spotted Hawk Owl, is common and abundant throughout Australia, being found all over the mainland and on many offshore islands, including the Whitsunday Islands and surrounding region. While its habitat is wide and diverse, including tropical forest, farmland, grasslands or urban areas, it is most commonly found in temperate woodland areas such as those surrounding the Whitsundays.