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Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 18:20:09 +1000
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To: Alan Morris <>
Subject: Outing report
From: Robert Quinan <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jul 1999 09:19:41 +1000
Hi Alan.

Here's the report for Saturday's outing.

Central Coast FOC outing report, Sat. 3/7/99.

25 birdos met on a colder than expected morning at Picnic Pt., The
Entrance.  Here, with leader Alan Morris, we saw the resident
Yellow-rumped Thornbills plus Darter, Caspian Tern, a pair of Whistling
Kites and a distant White-breasted Sea-Eagle.  Also present were 4
species of Cormorant.
A short trip across the bridge to North Entrance where we found a
Striated Heron, Great Egret and one of the day's highlights, an
Australian Hobby, which gave great views as it surveyed the area from
its perch.  Also here was a juvenile Grey Butcherbird.
On to morning tea at Wyrrabalong NP where we picked up Black-faced
Cuckoo-Shrike, New Holland, Lewin's, White-naped and Yellow-faced
Honeyeaters and Golden Whistler.  A brief glimpse of a Spangled Drongo
was had as it flitted quietly through the tree-tops.  The lovely male
Variegated Wren put in a brief appearance.
>From here, Alan took us to Soldier's Pt. to check for waders and
seabirds.  No sooner had we arrived than Alan called out that there was
a Giant Petrel in close.  Grey-tailed Tattler, Double-banded and Golden
Plover could be seen on the rocks below and a lone White-fronted Tern
was fishing in the waves.  The sea-watching was excellent with good
views in the scopes of Black-browed Albatross.  However, the rain could
be seen coming in from the ocean and we were soon forced to depart.
We adjourned for lunch at Budgewoi where we found Rainbow and
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Noisy Friarbirds in the nearby Coral trees.
We then headed to Norah Head for more sea-watching and were rewarded
with 3 species of Albatross; Black-browed, Yellow-nosed and Shy.  It was
a great experience to have Alan and Trevor telling us how to distinguish
between these 3 wonderful birds.  Also seen were more Giant Petrels, a
Great Skua, Fluttering Shearwaters, Prions and 2 whales.
Finally, to end a great day's birding, we visited Canton Beach and found
Topknot Pigeon, Scarlet Honeyeater, Brown Gerygone and Fan-tailed
Cuckoo, amongst others.  Our last bird was a female Rose Robin.
We finished with about 80 species.  Thanks Alan for a most enjoyable

PS  Finally caught up with the Bush Stone-Curlew at Empire Bay yesterday
(Sun), but unfortunately only a brief view as it flew across the water. 
So I'll continue to look for it until I obtain good views.

Robert Quinan
Central Coast, NSW, Australia    

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