birding-aus RFI - upcoming NSW birding trip

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Subject: birding-aus RFI - upcoming NSW birding trip
From: "Chris Harrison" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 20:09:26 -0600

I will be in Australia in December and am looking for some suggested birding
spots.  I am a free spirit, but my tentative plan is to drive from Sydney
north along the coast.  Then I plan on cutting inland somewhere from the
northern NSW coast to head out to NW NSW, then cut down southeast to Sydney.
I will spend about 10 days on this little soujourn and wondered if you had
any suggestions for stops.  I will be travelling by rental car, and although
I am very adventurous, I will probably not have the luxury of 4 wheel drive
or high ground clearance.

I am interested in any good birding spots, but I have a couple of goals in
mind that may help direct your suggestions:

1.  I am mostly travelling to photograph herps, so the herps will direct my
travels, the birds act as pleasant bonuses.  (Anyone know any spots where I
have a chance to photograph any pythons along the route?)

2.  I would like to see some shorebirds particularly some of the Australian
plovers.  I will have a scope.  Any good spots along the coast?  Or inland?
How about good ponds/lakes for ducks/shorebirds inland?

3.  How and where does one go about seeing one of the Megapodes?

4.  I would LOVE to see a Little Penguin!  Is that possible along the coast
somewhere near Sydney?  Do you have to get offshore to see them?

5.  I am considering going out on one of the seabird trips I have been
reading so much about on bird-aus as well.  How long in advance would I have
to reserve a spot on one of the Sydney trips?

6.  What about the bird atlas sheets?  I imagine I will spend some time in
areas that are not birded all that often.  Can a moderately experienced
outsider contribute useful information? (I have been birding for 16 years,
mostly in the US, but with some significant experience in Tropical Mexico
and Indonesia.  I have only ever birded for a few days in Australia, IDing
78 species - although I have seen 177 of the 750+ species that occur in

Thanks in advance for any and all info!  Please reply privately (unless of
course you are sharing a location that other bird-aus readers might not know

Chris Harrison
San Angelo, Texas  USA

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