Some good birds today (Anzac Day) within the NSW
Central Coast (80-100 km north of the Sydney CBD).
YARRAMALONG VALLEY (west of Wyong)
Here was a small flock of 5 Pacific Bazas over
the Yarramalong Valley (west of Wyong). One was performing the acrobatic display
and calling - "ee-chew..ee-chew..". Also in the valley was a magnificant pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles over the town of
atleast 15 Topknot and 2-3 White-headed Pigeons,
Bar-shouldered Dove, Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, a pair
of Jacky Winters and several Olive-backed Orioles.
Still quite a number of White-breasted and a few
Dusky Woodswallows (both seen flying together over nearby heath). A few Musk
Lorikeets feeding in the flowering Swamp Mahogany at nearby Canton
Met up with Alan Morris where we both saw at
least 8 Swift Parrots feeding on lerps(?) in a Red Bloodwood. According to
Alan (refer to Alan's recent email), they have been around for a few days now at
Bateau Bay. There were also a number of Musk Lorikeets also about feedin in the
Blackbutts and other Eucalypts.
Saw a pair of Bush Stone-curlews on the edge of
mangroves beside Henderson Street. I also briefly checked other Bush
Stone-curlew locations at Empire Bay, Kincumber and St Hubert's Island (the
later where I usually find them) without success.
Another good day in the Central Coast.