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.
They are generally more inquisitive and friendly with humans which coexist along the beaches in the Whitsundays and around the islands.
The Whitsundays is home to the colourful and friendly Rainbow Lorikeet bird, which is a common species of bird along the coast.
The Whitsundays is a great place to check out some of the local marine species and wildlife!
The saltwater crocodile has long been a fascinating and exotic species, with a unique history and intimidating stature, it is one of the most iconic animals in Australia.
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.
The Whitsunday Islands is home to hundreds of different Australian Bird species.
Generally found living on the coast or within 300 kilometres of the sea, the Australian Masked Owl is one of the many avian inhabitants of the Whitsunday Islands. While nationally their numbers are in steady decline, they maintain a strong population around the Whitsunday Islands and mainland Whitsunday region, and can often be spotted on bushwalks or nature excursions.
Proserpine River, was the state’s number one crocodile hotspot between 2000-2012.
Shy and weary animals by nature, snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, are rarely seen in the Whitsundays and surrounding area.
The Green-Tree Ant, also known as the Weaver Ant is a common sight amongst the bushland and rainforest of the Whitsundays. The Green Ant is famous for the elaborate nests it constructs in the hanging branches of trees, and also for the ferocity and territorial aggression it displays to any attacks or intrusions. Named after the vibrant colour of its abdomen (the large, tail-end of the ant body), the green ant is found all throughout Northern Australia.
Known officially as the Australian Monitor Lizard, the Goanna is a common sight around the Whitsunday islands. These large predatory lizards can grow up to 2 metres in length and have sharp claws and teeth, making them a fearsome sight. Dark grey in colour with flecks of yellow along their bodies, they are most often seen clinging to trees and branches, or sunbaking on large rocks.
Australia has long been known for its diverse and unique species of wildlife, with hundreds of distinct marsupial species found only in certain areas throughout the country.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday region, along with most of the north-east coast of Queensland, is home to many species of wildlife including the infamous Saltwater Crocodile.
A very iconic Australian Bird, well known for its unusual call that mimics laughter
Sulfur crested cockatoos.
Two types of curlews are found in the Whitsundays.
The Whitsundays are lucky to be blessed with a prominent species in the famous raptor the Osprey.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colorful plumage.
The White-bellied Sea-eagle is the second largest bird of prey found in Australia.
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