CBOC Outing To Norah Head NSW 230601

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Subject: CBOC Outing To Norah Head NSW 230601
From: "Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 15:58:26 -0700
Yesterday, lead a group of a few members of the Cumberland Bird Observers Club and a visitor from Hungary to see some birds around Norahead, Noraville, Canton Beach and Magenta (in Wyrrabalong National Park). This is in the NSW Central Coast and is within 100km from Sydney CBD).
Our first point of call was Norah Head itself, where we sea-watched for about 2 hours. Few seabirds were about, which included about 10 Black-browed Alabatrosses, a couple Yellow-nosed Albatrosses and a few Fluttering Shearwaters, which were all observed at quite a distance. What made up for the small number of sea birds where good sightings of atleast 6 Humpback Whales. One was doing some sort of display (not breaching), tossing to its side and showing its white belly, flippers and tail. We met Robert Quinan here, who outlined a few good sites for us to visit next and close to Norah head. (Thanks Robert).
We did a short walk in the Heath and woodland at the end of Dyson St at Noraville, where we observed a female Swamp Harrier, a few Bar-shouldered Doves, a few Spangled Drongos, Brown and Tawny Crowned Honeyeaters (we really only had views of the later being chased and harrased by the many New Holland Honeyeaters about) and very brief glimpses of a few Southern Emuwrens.
We had lunch at the reserve near the caravan park at Canton Beach, where Robert mentioned that a Grey Goshawk wa seen here recently. We did see the Goshawk, as well as 3 species of Lorikeets - Rainbows, Musk and Little Lorikeets but could only see one Swamp Mahogany in flower in this area.
The final call of the day was a short walk along one of the roads leading to Tuggerah Beach in Wyrrabalong NP, where we saw a Brush Bronzewing twice flying over the scrub.
Before, I headed for home, I made a brief stop at the ridge over looking Katandra Reserve and heard one of the resident Sooty Owl's give a few "falling bomb" calls and a few trills, just after dusk.
Edwin Vella
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