Table Top Mountain - 30/9 to 2/10

Subject: Table Top Mountain - 30/9 to 2/10
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 09:19:18 +1000

I have just come back from a great couple of days birding at Table Top Mountain (Kalawa) near Albury (NSW). Their accommodation is perched on the edge of the Yambla Range and they have a bird list of 140 species. My list for over 3 days was 80 species. The vegetation consists of box, stringybark, dwyer's red gum and acacia scrub. An enormous amount of eucalypts were in flower attracting some 7 species of honeyeater but no lorikeets.

Highlights were a single Turquoise Parrot on the first day, a Black-chinned Honeyeater which decided to spend 2 whole days 'hanging out' in the big eucalypt outside our cottage and the pair of Chestnut-rumped Thornbills foraging in flowering shrubs on the summit of Table Top (>600m). This must surely be on the limit of their range. A pair of Peregrine Falcons were also nesting on the sheer cliffs. The walk to the summit takes about 2 hours.

Walking along the Bird Walk at Table Top to a dam I found some 40 White-browed Woodswallows and 20 Masked Woodswallows and a single Dusky Woodswallow. Also here White-browed Babbler (2 groups of 4 birds), Little Friarbird (2), Buff-rumped Thornbill (2), many Peaceful Doves and Common Bronzewings and a pair of Gang-gang Cockatoos. At night we heard Southern Boobook and an Australian Owlet-Nightjar. We were told a tree outside the cottage also housed a large Goanna although we didnt see it. We did have a White-throated Treecreeper which every evening would settle down for the night by our front door clinging to the wooden cottage wall just under the verandah roof. A new species for the property was Australasian Shoveler (6).

A quick visit to the Wonga Wetlands outside Albury on the Murray produced several White-breasted Woodswallows on 1/10. I highly recommend these wetlands. I last visited some 4 years ago.




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