News from Newnes

Subject: News from Newnes
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 22:49:57 +1100
Just got back from 4 days camping at Newnes on the Wolgan river (about 20 km north of Lithgow). The campground is by the river and home to colonies of WW Chough, S. Bowerbirds, wombats (don't ask me what kind), goannas (ditto) and Brush-tailed Wallabies. I heartily recommend it as a place to camp. For the non-campers, Thomas, who's taken over the lease on the old Newnes Hotel (which only serves tea, coffee and ice creams these days), has built a couple of eco-friendly cabins and is busy building a 3rd.
Birding highlights were Musk Lorikeets, S. Lyrebirds, Rufous Fantails, Wonga Pigeons, Cockatoos -- Gang-gang, Yellow-tailed Black and Glossy Black, 2 pairs of the locally endemic Rockwarbler, Bell Miners and Eastern Whipbirds -- seen as well as heard for once -- and a pair of Spotted Quail-thrush.

John Brannan
36 Challinor Cres., Florey, Canberra ACT 2615, Australia
Ph.: (+612) 6258 6038	Fax: (+612) 6258 6238
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