Mid North Coast July 2003

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Subject: Mid North Coast July 2003
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 18:44:27 +1000
Hi everyone

Have just returned from a magic week away, based in Bellingen and visiting 
coastal rainforest and the Dorrigo rainforest (520
km north of Sydney).  Apparently there had been heavy rain during the previous 
fortnight but it was dry, with crisp winter
days while I was there.

The cottage that I stayed at in Bellingen was set amongst the trees, bringing 
the birds only a metre away from the verandah.
Oh wow:  Green Catbird, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, White-headed Pigeon, Bassian Thrush, 
Topknot Pigeon were just some of the birds
right there.

You'll see that the list includes Green Catbird - finally, I've seen this bird 
after so many years.  It sure shows you the
meaning of "locally common" as these birds were dripping out of the trees at 
Bongil Bongil National Park, Dorrigo and
Bellingen, whereas I've never seen them at Palmdale or other areas just north 
of Sydney where they supposedly were.

Dorrigo National Park's Skywalk was fantastic for the canopy view, including 
clear views of Regent Bowerbirds.  What's that?
Oh wow again:  Paradise Riflebird, another lifer.  A female landed on a lichen 
covered branch out in the open, prised at the
bark and provided fantastic views.

And so I've finally sneaked up to 547 Australian lifers.  It's a slow climb.

Some other nice sightings were:

Brahminy Kites at Macksville at Mylestom
Flocks of c100 of Straw-necked Ibis in paddocks, plus large flocks of Cattle 
Egret and Little Egret
White-bellied Sea-Eagles near Port Macquarie and at Mylestom
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Mylestom
Australian Hobby at Bellingen
Crested Shrike-tit right in the Dorrigo rainforest
Plenty of Yellow-throated Scrubwrens around, with some very vocal ones giving 
"chk" and "tick" sounds mixed with a very sweet
Logrunners quietly scratching in the deepest shade under shrubs
Large-billed Scrubwrens a-plenty

At Cathedral Rock National Park, a Superb Lyrebird mimicked Yellow-tailed 
Black-Cockatoo, Red Wattlebird, Pied Currawong,
Golden Whistler and Crimson Rosella.  Nearby were Scarlet Robins, Brown-headed 

For the orchid nuts, there was Acianthus exiguus in flower at Bongil Bongil, 
which would be about its southern limit.

Cheers and Happy Times with Nature

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
S 33°50.278'  E 151°05.406'

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