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From: "Vella, Edwin" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 97 08:10:00 PST
To all Birders

Spent the last few days birding at Harrington (this area is near Taree   
and about 300km north of Sydney). In the Littoral Rainforest there, birds   
seen included, Brush Turkey, Emerald Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-doves,   
Varied Triller, Spectacled Monarchs and Regent Bowerbirds.

Birds seen in the nearby dune vegetation, swampy woodland and estuary   
included Brahminy Kite, Ospreys (atleast 4 birds seen), various waders   
such as a pair of Great Knots, Little Terns (constantly feeding  young),   
Southern Emuwrens, Red backed Wrens (among 2 other species of Wren), and   
Forest Ravens. There  were also large swarms of Spine-tailed Swifts   
flying low over the rainforest and dunes (some flying within a metre from   
the ground and one almost ramming into me).

For those not aware, Harrington is probably the largest breeding colony   
in NSW of our endangered Little Terns and there are probably as much as   
100 breeding pairs there. There are 2 breeding colonies at the mouth of   
the Manning River.

On my way back home, at a lagoon on private property just south of Nabiac   
there was a Musk Duck and a Comb-crested Jacana present.

Happy New Year to You All!


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