NSW South Coast inc honeyeater migration (longish)

Subject: NSW South Coast inc honeyeater migration (longish)
Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 10:48:00 +1000
I spent Sunday and Monday birding along the south coast between Merimbula
and Moruya. There were many highlights for me and even several 'lifers'.
Bell Miners drove me crazy everywhere. I have some identification questions
below I hope somebody can answer as well.

Cooma-Bega Hwy:

2 mature Wedge-tailed Eagles perched on fence posts along roadside. Never
seen them this close in wild before.

Brown Mountain (SE Forests NP):

Almost continuous stream of Yellow-faced & White-naped Honeyeaters along
Bemboka escarpment (5 spp present inc Crescent and Brown-headed)
1 Crested Shrike-tit
2 Grey Currawong

Bega River (Jellat Jellat):

1 Great Egret
1 Musk Duck
1 Whistling Kite
2 White-bellied Sea-Eagles (adult pair)
1 White-fronted Chat
12 Black-winged Stilt
10 Cattle Egret
several Australasian Shoveler

Wallagoot Lake area (Bournda NP):

1 Brown Quail (? may have been Painted Button-quail, did not get good view)
1 Grey Goshawk (white morph, beautiful pure white bird)
1 Collared Sparrowhawk
100s of Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet and Rainbow Lorikeet (in flowering
gums inc Blackbutt)
1000s of Honeyeaters (5 spp inc Yellow-tufted & Lewin's)
1 Bassian Thrush (Bondi Lake)
1 Olive-backed Oriole
2 Mistletoebirds
1 Rufous Night-Heron (Bournda Lagoon)
2 Red-capped Plover

Bega River (Mogareeka):

3 Pied Oystercatcher
23 Plover (Double-banded and Red-capped)
1 Great Egret
1 Royal Spoonbill

Mt Dromedary (Gulaga NP):

2 Large-billed Scrubwren (Rainforest Trail)
? Brown Gerygone (Rainforest Trail, heard distinctive 'what-is-it' call)
2 Superb Lyrebirds (beautiful views within a few metres)
100s of Honeyeaters passing over saddle
on lower slopes: many Wonga Pigeons, White-cheeked Honeyeaters (? high in
canopy, dont know what else they can be apart from New Holland HE), Musk
Lorikeets, Crescent Honeyeaters
Also another honeyeater flashed past (had some yellow visible, unusual
questioning call I havent heard before, something like 'whit-che-a-ya',
flew from shrub to shrub quickly, direct flight, did not look/sound like a

Middle Lagoon (Mimosa Rocks NP):

1 Pacific Heron
1 Great Egret
2 White-bellied Sea-Eagles


10-16 Cattle Egret (10 'town swamp', 6 Long Swamp)
4 Caspian Tern
1 Eastern Curlew
1 Eastern Reef Egret (on sandbar in early morning, are they normally found
in this habitat?)
7 Pied Oystercatcher (3 Camel Rock, 4 Wallaga Lake)
20 Royal Spoonbill (Wallaga Lake)
2 Whistling Kite (Long Swamp, one bird chased other trying to make it give
up meal, this bird then proceeded to eat 'on the wing')
1 Great Egret (Wallaga Lake)

Eurobodalla NP:

1 dirty-looking immature Sea-Eagle (possibly Osprey?, did not get good
view, at Mystery Bay)
many Variegated Fairy-wren (most areas)
1 Brush Bronzewing (on rocky heath-covered Bingie Bingie Point)
3 Gannet (Mystery Bay)
2 Eastern Reef Egret (Poole's Beach)
1 White-faced Heron (on rocky headland at Bingie Bingie Point)
7 Sooty Oystercatcher (4 Poole's Beach, 3 Mystery Bay)
1 Caspian Tern (Mystery Bay)
1 White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Mystery Bay)

Barragoot Lake:

1 Great Egret

Nangudga Lake:

4 Little Egret
2 Great Egret

Marnix Zwankhuizen

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