Old Bar & Harrington

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Subject: Old Bar & Harrington
From: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:41:56 +1100
I just had a couple of days in the Harrington/Old Bar area (near Taree
in NSW).  The Manning river estuary at Old Bar (Mudbishops Point) is
very low in water due to the sandbar being closed over and much silting
up having occurred.  That made for lots of exposed sandy islands, and
quite a few small waders were present - 300+ Red-necked Stints, 20+
Sanderling, 90+ Pacific Golden Plovers and nearly 50 Red-capped Plovers.
And 55 Double-banded Plovers, including a group of 45 together that my
guess is had not long arrived over here.  There are still some Little
and Common Terns about as well.   And a pair of Beach Stone-curlew in
the area (these are "regulars" in the area, and I suspect are the
southernmost pair in NSW.

Harrington was relatively quiet - some waders about, but not many, and a
Spectacled Monarch was the only real highlight in the rainforest on the
northern outskirts.

Alan Stuart

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