Channel Billed cuckoo, variegated fairy wrens

Subject: Channel Billed cuckoo, variegated fairy wrens
From: "boy nature" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:31:52 -0500
3/1/12- At Batemans bay, it was stinking hot. But I went walking anyway. Highlights:

Cullendulla creek nature reserve- 4 sooty oystercatchers and 3 pied oystercatchers (usually the other way around), 1 great egret, 3 dollarbirds- possibly 4, 3 long billed curlews,  42 black swans. Plus a medium wader (stint??) that I couldnt see close enough. 20 terns- yellow beaks, black legs- i think cresteds), Back near the car park end, a group of 5 variegated fairy wrens. No emu wrens were seen.
Along the creek a very strange thing happened. A swamp wallaby ambled down to the creek, then into the water. At first I thought it wanted to cross. Then it stood in the reeds, I thought maybe it would eat the seaweed. But it just stayed there for a while, then slowly went back into the treeline and stood under a casuarina. It was very hot.

Batemans Bay watergardens I heard a loud call which I thought was a heron, until 2 channel billed cuckoos came bursting out of the casuarinas in a fight and zoomed off. The first time I've seen them in many years. 
3 reed warblers, a koel, grey butcherbird, rainbow lorikeet. 50 corellas.

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