Aug 2019: new season sightings in Cairns

During the second and third weeks of August, Cairns observers have been noticing that our beautiful big white pigeons are back in town.

As yet, we have only heard of small numbers. Two TIPs/PIPs were seen in Cairns on 12 August 2019 by Brian, four seen on 15 August by Gerry, and four seen on 17 August by Carolyn. Meanwhile, at the northern beaches, John saw three PIPs flying south past Clifton Beach on 16 August. Thank you all for your reports.

One of the two birds that Brian observed was carrying nesting material, so it seems some PIPs are ready to start breeding activities very soon after completing their migration journey from winter habitat in PNG.