Written by Chris Dahlberg
who is a long term Port Douglas/Daintree resident and tourism pioneer.
Graham Pizzey dubbed him "The Birdman of Daintree" after a visit in 1994
to promote "Holidays with a difference" for P & O who owned Silky Oaks at the
Chris became interested in
birdwatching around 1991 when he met Jo Wieneke researching her field guide for
"Where to find birds in north-east Queensland". Just after then Chris met
Lloyd Nielsen who was researching his field guide on "Birds of Queensland's
Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef Islands" and his Daintree Book.
Harold and Audrey Crouch produced Bird Calls of the Daintree about then closely
followed by the Lure of Daintree with John Young and David Stewart's Wet Tropics
cassettes. It was a welcome bonus for them to taken out on the Daintree River by
Chris to produce their films and sound recordings. It certainly made
birdwatchers aware of Daintree and his dawn river trip.
Since selling the boat business to Murray Hunt in 2011 Chris has won local awards for innovations in the mobile field and these days
produces mobile phone apps whilst keeping a weather-eye on his beloved pursuit
of watching Daintree birds.