Went for a trip around the Hawksbury this morning
(10th January) and saw over 100 species in just a few hours!
Richmonds / Turf
Interesting birds in this area included a nice male
White-Winged Triller in the small swamp behind Pughs Lagoon, a
female Brown Songlark along Powers Lane, a single Brown
Quail and 25 Zebra Finches around the turf farms. Not
much at Fernleigh's Lagoon, its dried up a fair bit since I was last there about
3 weeks ago - only counted 5 Sharp-Tailed
This is the first time I have visited this place in
ages as its been closed due to bush fire danger. It was great to walk around the
tracks - this is one of my favourite places local to Sydney. There is alot of
variety in this park and you generally see something interesting each time you
visit - never a dull moment!
Today wasn't a let down, in fact today was one of
my most memorable birding experiences yet- I found a male and immature
Glossy Black Cockatoo close to the track (swamp track that runs
to the firetrail) feeding on cones - I got within about 5 meters of them and
watched them for over 10 minutes before they flew a short distance deeper into
the scrub - Didn't have my camera (typical) which is a real shame - this is
closest I have ever got to Glossies! Not far from where I saw the GBC's was a
single White-Eared Honeyeater, as well as a couple of
Peaceful Doves. In the section that borders the river were a
couple of Rufous Fantail, further along
the track was a Brown Goshawk as well as Yellow-Tufted
Honeyeater, Yellow Thornbill, White-Throated Gerygone and
Variegated Fairy Wren. Also in the MP was a single
Dollarbird on wires over the picnic area as well as
Sacred Kingfisher and Cicadabird in the same
area (a number of Cicadabirds were calling throughout the park 5+).
Nearby was also a nice female Leaden Flycatcher. On the way out
of the park near the entrance saw a single Dusky Woodswallow. A
memorable morning with about 50 species here seen in total.
Stopped here on the way home and saw some interest
birds here including Chestnut Breasted and Nutmeg Mannikin,
6 Glossy Ibis, a total of 36 Sharp-Tailed Sandpipers
(highest count I have had here in sometime), another male
White-Winged Triller, 2 Pink-Eared Duck, 4 Baillon's
Crakes, both Yellow (1) and Royal Spoonbills (7), and
a single Swamp Harrier.
Cheers and best wishes for 2003