|Subject:||Blackfellows Point, S Coast (NSW)|
|Date:||Mon, 28 Nov 2005 10:21:54 +1100|
I spent a relaxing weekend down at Blackfellows Point within Eurobodalla National Park near Potato Point. Saturday started off by saving a Long-necked Turtle from the traffic of the busy Kings Highway. Blackfellows Point is an ideal spot for birdwatching, and wildlife-watching in general. In fact our cabin was surrounded by both Eastern Grey Kangaroos (40+)and Red-necked Wallabies (30+), most females with young. At night we had a Long-nosed Bandicoot on the lawn outside our cabin and Sunday morning an Emu paid us a visit. Throughout the night the chorus of frog calls came from beside the cabin. Both Superb and Variegated Fairy-wrens were present in the scrub behind the cabin and 7 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew in to feed on the Allocasuarina cones Saturday afternoon. We were serenaded by the local colony of Bell Miners, as well as Lewin's Honeyeaters, Fan-tailed Cuckoos and Eastern Whipbirds.
A pair of Pied Oystercatchers were present on the beach, later moving to adjacent Picaninny Beach. A visit up the beach to the Little Tern colony on Saturday afternoon just before the cold front hit revealed 70-80 birds present. In the neighouring dunes were at least 2 White-fronted Chats (one bird probably bringing food to nestlings). On the extensive sandflats of Tuross Lake there were Red-necked Stint (5), Bar-tailed Godwit (8), Pied Oystercatcher (8), Red-capped Plover (16+) and Eastern Curlew (2) among others.
In Tuross Head I recorded 3 Channel-billed Cuckoos flying overhead (a 'lifer' for me). These birds could not be mistaken for anything else in flight and despite being in the car could hear their strange calls from the open window. Close by were 2 White-headed Pigeons on the powerlines. By Tuross Beach on Sunday were 8 Little Corellas mixing with a flock of Galahs. At Coila Bar a Grey Butcherbird was having trouble feeding 2 hungry juveniles and a group of 8+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins porpoised along the beach.
Other sightings over the weekend included a Swamp Harrier near the Bumbo Road turnoff, and a pair of Red-capped Plovers at Meringo Beach. On the way home a brief stop at Congo yielded a pair of Red-capped Plovers with 2 fledglings on the rocks, and a Spotted Quail-thrush flew across the Kings Highway in front of my car near the Misty Mountain Road turnoff.
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