Sydney - Newcastle birding

Subject: Sydney - Newcastle birding
From: (andy burton)
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 13:15:03 +1000
Last weekend I took Mike Houle of Wisconsin USA to Newcastle
(32° 55´S 151° 45´ E) 160 km (100 miles) north from Sydney for some
birding. 159 avian species and a terrific list for those interested in what
can be seen between Sydney and Newcastle. Top 10 difficult to pick from
such an extensive list but possibly (based on good looks, charm and/or
rarity) might include:

Peregrine Falcon, Spotless Crake, Wood Sandpiper, Comb-crested Jacana,
Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Topknot
Pigeon (flock of 75), Gang-gang Cockatoo, Azure kingfisher, Rainbow
Bee-eater, Speckled Warbler, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater,
Spotted Quail-thrush, Green Catbird and Double-barred Finch (sorry, forgot
to stop at 10).

The complete list is as below:

Brown Quail

Magpie Goose
Black Swan
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Shoveller
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal

Australian Little Grebe

Wedge-tailed Shearwater


Little Pied Cormorant
Pied  Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant

Australasian Pelican

White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron

Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill

Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Swamp Harrier
Brown Goshawk - probable
Collared Sparrowhawk

Brown Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel

Spotless  Crake
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot

Bar-tailed Godwit
Eastern Curlew
Common Greenshank
Wood Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red-necked Stint
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Comb-crested Jacana
Sooty Oystercatcher

Black-winged Stilt

Pacific Golden Plover
Red-capped Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Black-fronted Plover
Red-kneed Dotterel
Masked Lapwing

Silver Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Crested Tern
Common Tern
Little Tern
White-winged Black Tern

Rock Dove
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Wonga Pigeon
Wompoo Fruit-dove
Topknot Pigeon (flock of 75)

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Australian King-parrot
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot

White-throated Needletail

Southern Boobook Owl

Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater

Superb Lyrebird

White-throated Treecreeper

Superb Fairy-wren

Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Speckled Warbler
Brown Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill

Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Striped Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Blue-faced Honeyeater (in nest)
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Lewin''s Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Scarlet Honeyeater

White-fronted Chat

Jacky Winter
Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Whipbird

Spotted Quail-thrush

Varied Sitella

Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush

Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher

Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


White-breasted Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow

Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong

Australian Raven

White-winged Chough

Green Catbird
Satin Bowerbird + bower

Richard's Pipit

House Sparrow

Double-barred Finch
Red-browed Finch

Welcome Swallow
Martin sp

Clamorous Reed-warbler
Little Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola


Common Starling
Common Myna

non-avian species included:



Blue Triangle
Orchard Swallowtail
Common Jezabel
Monarch (Wanderer)
Lesser Wanderer
Common Australian Crow
Common Brown
Common Eggfly
Meadow Argus


Eastern Water Dragon
Lace Monitor
Eastern Water Skink - probable


Wombat - 1 roadkill
Common Wallaroo
Red-necked Pademelon
Fox - 1 roadkill
Rabbit - roadkills

Andy Burton
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
703/4 Francis Road
Artarmon, NSW  2064

Ph      61 2 9904 8468  (home and bus.)
Fax     61 2 9904 8768

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