Hawkesbury area, NSW - 3rd October 2005

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Subject: Hawkesbury area, NSW - 3rd October 2005
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 19:00:09 +1000

This morning on the 3rd October 2005, I spent a good few hours in the Hawkesbury (approx. 50-60 km NW of Sydney CBD).


At Pitt Town Lagoon, there were several Brown Quail, Hardhead, Australasian Shoveler, 400 plus Grey Teal, 2 Buff-banded Rail, a Pacific Golden Plover (moulting out of summer plumage with black belly), 6 Red-kneed and 7 Black-fronted Dotterels (the later includes 2 small chicks), 40 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (in varying plumage and sizes), a Latham’s Snipe, 40 Pied Stilts (2 appeared to be on a nest), a Whiskered Tern in summer plumage, Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, Rufous Songlark, Nutmeg Mannikins and Double-barred Finches. Also near Pitt Town Lagoon along Pitt Town Bottoms Rd were 2 Rainbow Bee-eaters (one landing on the ground probably to inspect a nesting spot), Sacred Kingfisher and Restless Flycatcher.


At Bushell’s Lagoon, there were 37 more Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, an adult White-bellied Sea-eagle, a family of Black-shouldered Kites including 3 young birds (all were quite approachable as they were fairly low in the willows beside the causeway) and some Zebra Finches. A Pallid Cuckoo and another Restless Flycatcher was also heard along nearby Kurmond Rd.


Sydney’s weather is certainly warming up now (over 30 degrees plus celsius here in the Hawkesbury) and too early!!!


Edwin Vella

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