Just back from a very hot 24 hour camp at White
Rock Camp near the Allyn River Forest Camp, about 8 kms from the Barrington
Guest House which is about 40 kms North of Dungog. There was a nice swimming
hole which was well used after each birding walk. The place was tent to tent
city for the long weekend but none the less some good birds were seen. The best
of all was a male Paradise Rifle Bird which we watched for ages as it preened ,
ate berries, and probed around under the bark with his long curved bill. Every
now and them the sun would catch his iridescent colours, fabulous ! There were
several fruiting Fig Trees, so Pigeons and Bowerbirds were plentiful. Only 44
species seen but some quality ones not seen unless you visit Rain Forest areas.
Australian King Parrot
Eastern Yellow Robin
Tree Martin Picking ash out of the old fire
remains and swooping low through the camp
A few others saw some extra species which I missed
Wonga Pigeon and no doubt Moore as I am home and
they are still there for another day
How I missed the above 4 species I will never know!
Didn't even hear them. Spotlighted unsuccessfully , only saw a few quick flying
bats, no birds or mammals.
Hope everybody had a good long weekend. My spell
check just wanted to change Wompoo to Wimp, hardly a wimpish bird at all I would
have thought !