Wompoo Fruit-Dove nr Ulladulla, NSW South Coast [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Wompoo Fruit-Dove nr Ulladulla, NSW South Coast [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:25:19 +1100

We spent the Canberra Day long weekend at Mollymook Beach, by Ulladulla
(Shoalhaven region) on the NSW South Coast.
The weather was perfect so most of the time was spent on the beach,
however, I managed to pop out
briefly in the mornings to some local birding spots.

On Sunday I visited Yatteyattah NR and it's lowland subtropical rainforest.
highlight was a WOMPOO FRUIT-DOVE identified from a partial "wollack-a-woo"
call above my head. The bird was impossible to find but I heard its big
wings several times when it flew to another perch in an enormous fig tree.
I have been told that this may be an unusual record this far south?
Is anyone able to comment on this?

The following site states : "It used to occur in the Illawarra, though
there are no recent records."

Several of the plants & trees were fruiting but the creekbed was bone dry.
There were also at least two GREEN CATBIRDS and a BLACK-FACED MONARCH
present along with the usual honeyeaters, gerygones, scrubwrens etc. A huge
WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE was perched high above the valley in a tall tree and in
the neighbouring field I could hear WHITE-THROATED GERYGONES and a JACKY

On Monday morning I headed up Kingiman Rd into a recently acquired section
of Morton NP. This was formerly part of Croobyar State Forest. The
rough fire trail runs along the back of the ridge to Mt Kingiman passing
some pockets of rainforest. Birds here included several male ROSE ROBINS,
two RUFOUS FANTAILS and a pair of LARGE-BILLED SCRUBWRENS. Also heard was a
probable BROWN CUCKOO-DOVE (a single WHOO-oop call ) and a WONGA PIGEON.

I also briefly visited Warden Head on Sunday afternoon to look for seabirds
but the conditions weren't ideal. Despite this I counted 8 SOOTY
OYSTERCATCHERS and 3 EASTERN REEF EGRETS along with numbers of shearwaters
passing by.


Marnix Zwankhuizen
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