I spent just over a week (19/12/08 – 28/12/08) in the Tweed Heads area of
Northern New South Wales. I ended up seeing about 100 species. Most of the
sites I visited are from ‘Birds of the Tweed Valley” pamphlet produced by the
Tweed Bird Observers. The pamphlet is available at
I also went to the Griffiths Nature Reserve just over the QLD border. I think
the reserve is managed by Bush Heritage.
There was a lot of breeding activity including Wandering Whistling Ducks with
12 ducklings near Banora Green. Pizzey says the clutch size for this species is
6-8 so I’d be interested in any ideas on how such a large clutch could occur.
There were 8 adults at the pond but only two seemed to be looking after the
Other species seen either nest building, nesting or displaying include Osprey,
Black Swan, Dusky Moorhen, Striped Honeyeater, Crested Pigeon, Little Pied
Cormorant, Darter, White Ibis, Scared Kingfisher and Olive-backed Oriole.
The other birding highlights were regularly seeing Ospreys as well as Dusky
Honeyeater (Griffiths Nature Reserve QLD), Beach Stone-Curlew (Letitia
Sandspit. Azure Kingfisher, Magpie Goose, White-Throated Gerygone and Restless
Flycatcher (Vintage Lakes) Large-billed Scrubwren (Minjungbal Nature Reserve)
Red-backed Fairywren (Terranora Broadwater) and White-throated Needletails on
three consecutive days at Banora and Kingscliff.
I've included videos taken of some of the birds (see links beside the names in
the full list).
All the best,
Full species list -
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pheasant Coucal (heard)
Channel-billed Cuckoo -
Pacific Black Duck
Aust Wood Duck
Red-backed Fairywren -
Restless Flycatcher -
Mangrove Gerygone (heard)
Striped Honeyeater -
Olive-backed Oriole -
Pacific Golden Plover
Beach Stone-curlew -
Wandering Whistling-Duck White-breasted Woodswallow
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