Currarong & Shoalhaven Hds 25th Sep

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Subject: Currarong & Shoalhaven Hds 25th Sep
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 10:03:41 +1000
Hi all, went to Currarong (Jervis Bay) yesterday and Shoalhaven heads (nr Nowra) on the way back to Sydney. At Currarong saw a couple of good target species namely Tawny-Crowned Honeyeater and also a single Eastern Bristlebird plus the usual large numbers of New-Holland Honeyeater and Wattlebirds. In the trees around the car park was the usual Scarlet Honeyeaters and also Striated Thornbill.
At Shoalhaven Heads was 4 Gull-Billed Terns and a single Caspian Tern. Also Bar-Tailed Godwits, Red-Necked Stint (including 1 in full breeding plumage), Red Knots (11), Pacific-Golden Plover, and Eastern Curlew. A real treat was watching a White-Bellied Sea-Eagle swoop down on the water to catch a large eel, which kept dragging the bird back to the water every time it tried to take off - unfortunately it eventually dropped the eel after being mobbed by Gull-Billed Terns - I was fortunate enough to view this at close range (but without a camera!). Also present was a Swamp Harrier.
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