Birding NSW Central Coast Group outing to The Entrance & Wyong River 30/

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Subject: Birding NSW Central Coast Group outing to The Entrance & Wyong River 30/11/02
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 19:58:07 +1100
Hi Birders,
The central Coast Group of Birding NSW held an outing to Picnic Point, The Entrance, Karagi Point & a Ferry Trip on the Wyong River up to the Bridges on Saturday 30 November 2002. Twenty-eight members attended this activity which took place after overnight rain. Rain was forecast for the whole day, but no rain fell until after the trip concluded and we even had some sunny breaks. Just like we wanted! As Tuggerash Lake is very shallow at present because of the drought, there were plenty of birds to see on the exposed mud flats at Picnic Point. This included many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers & Red-necked Stints, and small numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, Eastern Curlews, c. 14 Pacific Golden Plovers, 8 Greenshanks, 10+ Curlew Sandpipers, Red-capped Plovers, 3 Marsh Sandpipers, a Grey-tailed Tattler, & Turnstone, There were also Whiskered, Little, Caspian, Common, Crested and a lone Gull-billed Tern, in addition to large numbers of Swans, Grey Teal, Pelican, Cormorants & Royal Spoonbills. An adult male White-winged Triller called strongly from the Casuarinas, while Magpie-larks & Galahs were feeding young, Willy Wagtails were nesting, Yellow-rumped Thornbills & Striped Honeyeaters were busy feeding. A great start for the day! After morning tea were moved off to North Entrance where two more Eastern Curlews were seen, a lone Red Knot, and many more waders and Swans. At Karagi Point, we watched c. 25 pairs of Little Terns nesting in the fenced area along with several pairs of Red-capped Plovers, while 2 Pied Oystercatchers were feeding nearby in the inlet, and 50 Pied Cormorants, c.220 Little Black Cormorants & 40 Common Terns were roosting on a sandbank.

At 12.15 hrs we boarded the ferry for a trip across the Lake and up the Wyong River, a sausage sizzle lunch was served on route! It was a great trip. At the mouth of the where Wyong River entered Tuggerah Lake there were 240 Swans, a number of Great Egrets and many Darters. Along the river we counted 12 Darter nests all contain 2-3 large young, while there were plenty of roosting Little Black & little Pied Cormorants. At least two pairs of Whistling Kites were seen, along with a Sea Eagle, Hobby and Kestrel. Ten Nankeen Night Herons were seen roosting in the trees bordering the River, along with two pairs of Striated Herons and a lone Black Bittern. Azure Kingfishers, Dollarbirds, a Buff-banded Rail and a Sacred Kingfisher were seen in the riverside vegetation and Welcome Swallows and White-breasted Woodswallows flew overhead. Altogether 90 species were seen on the day and everyone had an enjoyable time (AKM).

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