NSW Central Coast Highlights22-30 July 2002

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Subject: NSW Central Coast Highlights22-30 July 2002
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 21:11:15 +1000
Hi Birders,
The NSW Central Coast continues to offer good birding and I have been out and about a lot because of two different groups of overseas birders being given the tour of the better birding sites, while other birders such as Boris Branwhite, Rob Quinan and Robin Benson have been out checking out other locations.
Swift Parrots continue on in the Swamp Mahogany and Forest Red Gums where ever these are flowering, and while they can still be found at Bateau Bay although in lesser numbers, others can be found at Gorokan (Main Rd & the Corso, Gorokan, and at the Gorokan Fish Co-op), and in Louisiana Rd Warnervale.
Regent Honeyeaters can still be found at South Swansea, South Morisset and at Brisbane Water National Park near Kariong. Three different colour-banded birds have now been observed at Kariong.
Black-browed Albatross and Yellow-nosed Albatross were seen off Soldiers Point, Norah Head and Toowoon Bay on 25/7/02 and again off Soldiers Point 27/07/02.
A Great Skua was seen off Norah Head on 25/07/02 and Giant Petrel off Soldiers Point on 27/07/02.
Fairy Prions were feeding close to the cliffs at Norah Head on 25/2/07, while Fluttering Shearwaters, 800+ have been seen on most days from the aforementioned points.
Small numbers of White-fronted Terns have been present off Soldiers Pt/Norah head 25-27/7/02.
24 Freckled Ducks have been present at the Tuggerah STW, Wyong Rd Tuggerah from 27/07/02, these are the first ever recorded on the Central Coast, they were still these today.
2 Pink-eared Ducks and many Australasian Shovelers are also present also on the Tuggerah STW, and at the nearby Lions Park, Chittaway Bay on the shores of Tuggerah Lake were another 64+ Shovelers.
Red-kneed Dotterels and Black-fronted Dotterels can be found at the Tuggerah STW while Double-banded Plovers, showing their double-bands can be seen at both Soldiers Point and Toowoon Bay.
4 Bush Stone-curlews (Edwin Vella to note!) were present at Boyd Close, St Hunbert's Island during the week and another 3 at Kincumber today.
A Grey Goshawk was at Narara on 27/07/02 as were an male and female Regent Bowerbird.
Alan Morris
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