Birding Northern Central Western New South Wales

Subject: Birding Northern Central Western New South Wales
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 02:42:39 EST
Good Evening My Fellow birders.
>From the 9th to the 13th
Travelled to Perrys Lookdown in BlueMountains for a long trek tp Goveners Leap
Expecting to see a few new species.
When we arrived the whole of Wollemi National Park,and surroundings where closed due to those cursed bushfires.
So decided to visit the Warrumbungles and view this 'Drought'.
On the way up saw a Little Eagle a lifer, 
Black Kite and Wedgetailed Eagle.
Visited Burrandong Dam(it's 3 quarters dry) seeing Peaceful Dove, Pied Butcherbird and Emu.There was a small pond in the Burrandong State park where 5 Australasian Shoveler(lifer),2Yellow Spoonbill,Royal Spoonbill,2 Black Winged Stilt,Teals,Hoary and Aust Grebes, Black Fronted Dotterals,Blue Billed and Musk Ducks and a noisy group of Masked Lapwings,Plus a Whistling Kite over head.
Camped at Wellington and saw a couple of Blue Faced Honeyeaters,black shouldered kite,Sacred Kingfisher,Noisy Friar Bird,Clamerous Reed Warbler,White Plumed Honey Eater (the bosses of wellington),and a Brown Goshawk.
Packed up and left to Warrumbungles on the way up saw Brown Falcon(lifer) and Apostle Bird.
Got to Coonabarrabran and saw a Square Tailed Kite.
Got to Warrumbungles at 3:00pm(no grass left because of about 1000's of kangaroos).
Went on Blackmans fire trail loop and saw Nankeen Kestrel,Spiney Cheeked Honeyeater,Rose Robin,Richards Pipit,Jacky Winter,White Browed Babbler,Feral Sheep,Buff Rumped Thornbill,Feral Dog Trap,Speckled Warbler,White Throated  Treecreeper,Red Browed Firetail,Mistletoe Bird.
Back at the Campsite saw White Winged Chough,Common Bronzewing,Pied Butcherbird,Yellow Faced Honeyeater,Bee-Eater and Wedgetailed Eagle.
At the split rock cooking depot saw a pair of Scissors Grinders and a Rock Wallaby of which was covered by ticks,had a cateract on one eye and a nasty infection on the base of its tail.
The next morning climbed to the top of  Split Rock and saw a group of Little and Dusky Woodswallows.
Packed up and drove back home.
On the way saw a Yellow Throated Miner.
Stayed at Mudgee overnight and saw a Little Egret,Australasian Grebe,Fairy Martin,Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants and Straw Necked Ibis and a Sea Eagle.
Got Back in Sydney at about 4:00pm today.

Kurtis Lindsay

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