Narrabeen/Dee Why 3 January 2002

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Subject: Narrabeen/Dee Why 3 January 2002
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 15:11:51 +1100
A short trip to explore Dee Why Lagoon and Narrabeen Lakes, north of Sydney 
city and still within the metropolitan area.

I had hoped for crakes and rails here, but the edges of the water don't seem to 
have the appropriate reedy/muddy areas.  Not
many other waterbirds either as this water is used for kayaking, sailboarding, 
swimming etc.  In some parts, the weeds were
horrendous, well on their way to taking over the native vegetation.

Despite all, some highlights were:
**  Red-browed Finches in shrubs and foraging on grassy lawn
**  Dollarbird
**  Sacred Kingfisher
**  A silent Fan-tailed Cuckoo
**  Golden-headed Cisticola
**  2 Masked Lapwings allowing very close viewing of their yellow mask and the 
fact that they were walking mainly on "tippy
toes" as if ever ready to take off in flight
**  Red-bellied Black Snake

Cheers and Happy Times with Nature

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
33°50.278'S  151°05.406'E

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