Charlie Robino: Loving Orchids in Far North Queensland 🌼🏡🎣🌊☀

Charlie Robino at Queensland Orchid International

✿❀ CHARLIE ROBINO at Queensland Orchid International ❀✿

Queensland Native Birds and Orchids

Charlie’s curlews seem to be quite at ease and readily approach both humans and orchids. According to wikipedia:

The bush stone-curlew or bush thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius, obsolete name Burhinus magnirostris) is a large (55–60 cm wingspan), ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia. Although it looks rather like a wader and is related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a terrestrial predator filling an ecological niche similar to that of the roadrunners of North America.


The bush stone-curlew was first described by the English ornithologist John Latham in 1801 under the binomial name Charadius grallarius.


Like most stone-curlews, it is mainly nocturnal and specialises in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken, mostly gleaned or probed from soft soil or rotting wood; also a few seeds or tubers, particularly in drought years. Birds usually forage individually or in pairs over a large home range, particularly on moonlit nights.

During the day, bush stone-curlews tend to remain inactive, sheltering amongst tall grass or low shrubs and relying on their cryptic plumage to protect them from predators. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures. For visual predators like raptors (and humans), this works well, but it serves little purpose with animals that hunt by scent such as foxes, dingoes or goannas.

Despite their ungainly appearance and habit of freezing motionless, they are sure-footed, fast and agile on the ground, and although they seldom fly during daylight hours, they are far from clumsy in the air; flight is rapid and direct on long, broad wings.

The bush Stone-curlew is probably heard more than it is seen. Its call sounds like a wail or a scream in the night. When scared, it screeches – a sound similar to the screech of a possum. When threatened (presumably in the presence of a nest), they may raise their wings wide and high in an impressive threat posture and emit a loud, hoarse hissing noise.

Charlie also has a soft spot for native orchids, which are often mounted on tree trunks and branches in the landscape.

Nature living in harmony

Hi all, thought this may interest you. My name is Charlie Robino. I live at Bramston Beach which is about 66ks south of Cairns. This in itself of coarse is in tropical North Queensland, [Gods Country], The interesting thing I’m showing you is the orchids growing in full sun and open to the elements. The main feature is the fact that these Dens. are growing just above the high water mark on bare rock. During the rough weather these orchids are saturated with salt to the point of being completely covered by the sea . Despite this they flourish. In the north we call them “King Orchids” I don’t know of this happening anywhere where else. Pardon the quality of the pics as I only keep a cheap camera on board. The name of the creek Is Coopers Creek, in case you want to Google it. Look for it on Google map just south of Bramston Beach. The village has only 120 residents and is the best well kept secret I know. Cheers Charlie Robino.

Barbara Haywood Barbara Haywood Fantastic Charlie Darlin’ thanks for sharing this with us all!😀B
Phil Smith Phil Smith Charlie – I assume they are Den.discolor
One tough orchid, I saw them once on Hayman Island growing on rock just above high tide level.
An old boss pf mine told me of rhem frowing all around Airlie Beach and the islands when he was younger
Cherie Harvey Cherie Harvey Thank you very informative with them living right on the sea
Peter Phillips Peter Phillips There’s lots growing in the mangroves next to Cairns Airport, you can see them from the boardwalk. Some of the ones growing low down must also get a good saltwater soaking from time to time.
Lots around Etty Bay too, but high up in the trees almost on the beach.
Charlie Robino Charlie Robino Yes they are very common in this area. Strange also, being able to cope with salt water. Anyway Cheers all, glad you enjoyed. Charlie Robino

Australian Native. Nindii was saved from fallen tree in nearby swamp. Fairly rare variety. It takes full sun. Flowers February. Cheers Charlie Robino

Den. King or Golden Orchid

19 thoughts on “Charlie Robino: Loving Orchids in Far North Queensland 🌼🏡🎣🌊☀

  1. We’ve missed you Charlie & hope your recovery is a speedy & highly successful one .How very thoughtful of you posting some of your gorgeous orchids for our benefit , I’m sure I talk for everyone when I say thank you ! Do you know Charlie ? it’s not just the orchids I enjoy but it’s the well informed insight to -life in the tropics , seeing the giant fish you catch , getting to know those Australian road runners (cerlews) &
    meeting your lovely wife Jane( via FB) & talented family – gee , your son can play , he’s such a good musician .The way your family rallied when Jane fell ill was inspirational to say the least ! – it showed us all how families should be , how a successful marriage operates & how amazing the results can be even when you live isolated . Love concurs all . All these positives help all of us to cope with the horrors , anger , hatred & killing that goes on in the world . I look forward to the day in the near future when I can sit with you & Jane enjoy a drink & have a good laugh coz that’s what life is really all about :-))


    • It is again delightful to hear from you here, thenakedflorist! SoundEagle would like to congratulate you on your penchant and willingness to extend the scope of discussion within this recently published multipage post even further, touching upon family life and love, showing your sensitivity with respect to what matters to Charlie and his life and family, as well as our crossing paths and appreciations of each other through our love affairs with various orchid genera and species. Perhaps, all three of us, namely Alison, SoundEagle and Barbara, are, in a spiritual and relational sense, ✿❀Charlie’s Angels❀✿.

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      Protect you every day, Charlie!


  2. Hello kw , how very nice to hear from you again ❤ . I think you struck a chord when you made mention
    Of 'Charlie's Angels' – not just because you are the music man ,but I feel almost as if I've acted along side of you all in several
    movies ! Tarzan has to be one of them !! & maybe something will several bar scenes in it – James Bond ? I have very fond memories of our FB experiences together -that is for sure ! David Attenborough would be proud of our appreciation & celebration of feathered birds & other astd animals .When you read this Charlie , I hope it cheers you up & helps you relax to
    let your ankle heal well .xx

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    • Indeed, thenakedflorist! Welcome again to our Queensland Orchid International Avian Fold, in which we have had many great times, humorous moments and diverse amusements:
      SoundEagle the Master of Ceremony is hereby granting Craig the Clever Harrier another 12 months of Poetic Licence to Kill the Mockingbird alongside Atticus the Finch as well as Barbara the Cat Bird, Alison the Rock Chick, Charlie the Cock Robin, James the Jabiru, Corina the Bower Bird, Bob the Brolican (Brolga x Pelican), Santi the Darling Starling, Cherie the Canary, and Steve the Kingfisher or Kookaburra. . . .

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    • Hi thenakedflorist! Happy February to you and our Queensland Orchid International Avian Fold!

      Within half a year, this very special post about Charlie and his orchids as well as fishes and birds has grown to 14 pages!

      Since you like terrestrial orchids, you will find Charlie’s adorable terrestrial birds endearing. Many of those curlews are shown in the Gallery on Page 2 of this post. Let’s give in to the enigmatic CURLEW in you without any curfew!

      Furthermore, amuse yourself on the first page with the Fish Wishperer video recommended by Charlie, plus an extra paragraph dedicated to growing orchids with quincan!


  3. Well what a perfectly lovely tribute to a really special man to my heart. Charlie Darlin’ as I call him is a dear man of many talents as disclosed here. I have personally enjoyed his posts on orchid groups like Queensland Orchid International and many others. More recently on our group Orchids, Chat, Information and Pictures. His orchids are so beautifully grown and flowered. He has a remarkable collection I often enjoy private interaction via email with Charlie Darlin’ as he sends some funny and awsome pictorial emails to me. I am glad he has finally had his foot repaired and hope he recovers completely in rapid time. I hope his beautiful lady wife Janey is in good health now too! Thank you K.W Soundeagle for giving everyone such a mavellous insight into a truely special man and friend. Best regards Barbara.💖

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    • Thank you, Barbara, for your timely acknowledgement of Charlie’s friendship, and for your good will towards his health and convalescence. May we continue to celebrate his resilience, positivity and productivity on his journey of recovery!

      For your information, SoundEagle has finally found the time and energy to publish another new article today for one of our most regular and chummiest Queensland Orchid International Avian Fold members. This time, the hot destination has moved from the expansive region of Far North Queensland to the island life of Bali, where you may wash someone right out of your hair and meet a stranger on some enchanted evening!


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      Hello Charlie! Welcome to Queensland Orchid International! Click here to contact SoundEagle SoundEagle would like to congratulate you on successfully creating your Gravatar and submitting your first comment to this website in general, and to this article bearing your name in particular! We look forward to enjoying more beautiful photos and stories from you!

      May the recovery of your heel be smooth so that you will regain full command of your ankle and foot as soon as possible! May your sole (and soul) be blessed always!



    • Happy Father’s Day to you, Charlie! Click here to contact SoundEagle SoundEagle would like to inform you that this post has been fully updated to present your latest photos, which you can see on both the first and second pages. May you enjoy your catch and have a lovely seafood dinner with family and friends as they celebrate Father’s Day with you whilst being surrounded by your beautiful orchids and affable curlews!


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  9. Thanks all once again for your kindness. The big wet has started again in F.N.Q. This happens every year sometime between December and March. The wet season brings good and bad tidings to the North. On one hand, the rain causes floods witch can damage crops, and on the other, the crops must have the rain. The swollen rivers flush out debris which has collected in rivers and creeks, and also deepen river mouths witch have silted during the dryer months. North Queensland would not have the thick jungle and rain forests if not for the wet. Tourism would suffer as would the Flora and Fauna, and lets face it, they go hand in hand.
    For the Orchid enthusiasts, it can be a troubling time. Especially if you are growing in shade houses open to the elements. Rot from excess rain, spot, fungus. Insects plague the grower. However the worst being rot. This situation can be mostly over come by potting in a medium of gravel called Quincan. This is a semi porous gravel witch allows the rain to drain through the root system and thus keep them well drained.
    Fisherman in the north also benefit from the wet. Prawns, Shrimp, and a myriad of other bugs and insects are flushed out to sea feeding corals, coruscations, fish, and many other species of marine life.
    Well cheers for now and keep safe.
    Charlie Robino

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    • Thank you, Charlie, for commenting here for the second time, and for explaining to our readers about the effects and impacts of the wet season on not just orchids but also the floras and faunas in general, plus tourism and ecology insofar as the wet season promotes the growth and nutrient cycles. All in all, what a dramatic contrast your current input is to your very first comment, which is only a sentence.

      Click here to contact SoundEagle SoundEagle wonders whether you would call the wet period between December and March the monsoon season. Happy February to you and Jane!


    • By the way, Charlie, you would be pleased to know that a substantial part of your current comment is now permanently incorporated into the contents on the first page of this post, where scoria (also called quincan or cinder) is mentioned.


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