Long Point

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Subject: Long Point
From: "Stephen Gross" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 14:24:41 +1000
Went for a wander around Long Point today. This area is about 40kms north-east of Orange along the Macquarie River. It is one of the few places near Orange with White Box and thus the birds are very different to birds often seen around Orange.
Birds seen today which I have not seen anywhere else around Orange were:
Peaceful Dove
Turquoise Parrot
Brown Treecreeper
Striped Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Hooded Robin
White Browed Babbler
There was a pair of Wedge Tailed Eagles circling in the sky and many Dusky woodswallows in the trees. By far the commonest bird was White Plumed Honeyeater. I also saw several Wallaroos and a Red bellied Black Snake - almost stepped on that one.
Unfortunately this area has been earmarked for a more serviceable direct road between Orange and Mudgee. At present there is a 4WD track which crosses a causeway over the Macquarie River and then continues onto Mudgee. Hopefully the birds will get a say before any firm road plans are carried out.
Regards Steve Gross
Orange NSW
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