birding-aus Bell Miners; Wombeyan Caves

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From: Hal Wootten <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 16:21:45 +1000
Bell Miners are sometimes frustratingly difficult to see even when 
relentlessly audible.  One place where they are very easy to watch is 
Bellbird Corner on the Mittagong to Wombeyan Caves Road (south-east of 
Sydney NSW), 5-7 km after crossing the Wollondilly River (Wollondilly 
Station).  The colony is on both sides of the road on a very steep slope. 
 As a result it is possible to get a clear view of birds going about their 
business at eyelevel, 6-10 m away.  You can even watch them from the car.

Between Mittagong and the Wollondilly River is the enticingly named River 
Island Nature Retreat.   Those thinking of trying the steep 3km track down 
the to river and not wanting to attract undue attention should first strip 
off; the retreat is a very large nudist camp - rather too populated for 
good birding.

These observations were incidental to a visit to Wombeyan Caves for the 
last Regent Honeyeater/Swift Parrot survey.   None of the target species 
were seen, but it is a great area for Lyrebirds and Gang-gangs, scenery and 

Hal Wootten
PO Box 255 Glebe NSW Australia 2037
Phone 02 9692 9354; Fax 02 9660 1503

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