CBOC and FOC Campout to Copeland Area NSW - 26-28th January 2001

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 18:39:39 -0000

An enjoyable time was had by all those who attended this years Australia Day long Weekend combined CBOC and FOC Campout to the Copeland Area. Copeland is about 250-300km (or 3 and ½ drive) north-west of Sydney and not too far from the Barrington Tops NP. We all camped at Copeland Common which is surrounded by private land and off the Gloucester-Scone Rd, only 10 km west of Gloucester. We all enjoyed seeing a good range of typical sub-tropical rainforest species aswell as several other highlights.

At Copeland SF beside the old Gold mine, Pacific Bazas, Brush Turkeys, many Wompoo Fruit-doves, Topknot Pigeons, Brown Cuckoo-doves, Owlet Nightjars heard, great sightings of several Noisy Pittas (a pair had an active nest and another pair raised a recently fledged young bird), Russet-tailed Thrush (about 4 and possibly this species was spotlighted at night roosting in a small tree), Pale-yellow Robin, a few Spectacled and many Black-faced Monarchs, many Rufous Fantails, Logrunners, 3 species of Scrubwrens, many Scarlet Honeyeaters aswell as Satin Bowerbirds and Green Catbirds.

Mammal highlights here were a Brown Antechinus, a Long-nosed Bandicoot, Yellow-bellied Glider heard, a Greater Glider (dark phase), a Parma Wallaby, several Red-necked Pademelons, Grey-headed Flying Fox heard and several small microbats seen.

Reptiles seem included a few Lace Monitors, a Southern Angle-headed Dragon, Eastern Water Dragon, Eastern Water Skink and one or two Gully Skinks (Saproscincus galli).

Frogs seen included beautiful Red-eyed Tree Frogs (Litoria chloris)(many were calling noisly after it started raining following a dry spell), many Lesueur’s Tree Frogs (Litoria lesueurii), a few Peron’s Tree Frogs (L. peronii) and several Stuttering Frogs (Mixophyes balbus, a barred Frog). Dwarf Green Tree Frogs (Litria fallax) were also heard calling.

Around the Camping Ground at the Common were several Bar-shouldered Doves, Brush Cuckoo, Boobook and Masked Owl (heard at night), Nosiy Pitta (heard at night from a nearby rainforest gully), Spine-tailed Swifts (atleast 10), Pheasant Coucal, Regent Bowerbird and Spangled Drongo.

We also made a visit to Woko NP (which is about 30 km north-east of Copeland) where we saw 5 Glossy Black-cockatoos feeding on Casuarinas, Pheasant Coucal, a juv. Noisy Pitta, Russet-tailed Thrush, a pair of Cicadabirds, Spectacled and Black-faced Monarchs, Leaden Flycatcher and Rufous Fantails. Red-necked Wallabies were seen along the roadside running through the park.

Edwin Vella

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