Yamba NSW

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Subject: Yamba NSW
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 17:08:23 +1000
Hi Everyone,
Meloni Muir wrote asking for information about good birding spots at Yamba, located in Northern Rivers Region of NSW on the southern entrance to the Clarence River. Tony Russell suggested a few good birding spoys but I would like to suggest a few more.
1. Woody Point, in Bunjalung National Park at Iluka, you can cross the Clarencxe River by ferry and walk there ( a bit long 5KM?) but rather, drive back to maclean, and cross the Harwood Island Bridge. Woody Point has interesting migratory waders, seabirds and terns, more particularly in summer. Woody point Caravna Park is a good place to see Regent and Satin Bowerbirds & Drongos at this time of the year. Walk northwards along the beach from Woody Point to Shark Point, and on the rocks, there are more interesting birds. Brahminy Kites & Ospreys abound.
Koalas occur around Iluka village. In the littoral rainforest between Iluka & Woody Point winter visitors like Noisy Pittas & Emerald Doves occur, as well as Pale Yellow Robins. Spectacled Monarchs & White-eared Monarchs are present in summer, maybe some over-winter! White-throated Honeyeaters are present in the gum trees around the town. Beach Stone-Curlews are also reported  around Dart Island in the Clarence Estuary.
2. Between Palmers Island & Yamba a road leads off through the former fish farm ponds to Michaelo Island and Lake Woloweyah. This place is good for migratory waders, Black-necked Storks, Avocets in season and a variety of interesting birds. Worth a drive every day!
3. Drive down southwards to the village of Sandon River and at low tide look for the resident Beach Stone-Curlews as it is not a big estuary! On the road between Maclean & Brooms Head look out for Emus, while between Brooms Head and Sandon look for the occasional Spotted Harrier on the heaths. Ground Parrots occur but these are not easy to find.
4. Around Palmers Island (a village) , between Maclean & Yamba, the Mangrove Honeyeater occurs . It is very local and you do need some local advice to find them ( it comes into certain parks and gardens). Greg Clancy and Dick Branch live locally (Greg at Coutts Crossing and Dick in Yamba) and I am sure would be willing to advise you. If Melloni contacts me direct, I may have had time to find their telephone numbers.
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer
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