Regent Honeyaters again at South Tacoma, Central Coast NSW

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Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 15:59:52 +1000

Central Coast Group, Birding NSW, Outing Report for South Tacoma, Woodbury Park, Tuggerah STW & Chittaway Point 31 May 2003, Leaders: John & Carole Carpenter.

A lovely day saw 38 birdos out in force making their first stop on the Tacoma Rd by the Wyong River. Here we found Golden Whistler, Musk Lorikeet and 2 Black Bitterns and further along we added Mistletoebird, Scarlet Honeyeater, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, a variety of ducks and cormorants, and an Azure Kingfisher. At South Tacoma, at the eastern end of the old Pioneer Dairy where there is a stand of flowering Swamp Mahogany and where the Regent Honeyeaters were recorded last Jul-Aug, there were many Noisy Friarbirds, Yellow-faced, Lewin’s & White-naped Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Red Wattlebirds, Olive-backed Oriole, a group of Varied Sitellas, Rainbow Lorikeets and, the bird of the day, at least one, possibly two Regent Honeyeaters, while a Peregrine Falcon flew over. Morning tea was taken at Wyong by the River.

The water retention basins at Gavenlock Rd Wyong were checked and here we found a Swamp Harrier gliding over the swampy areas eyeing off the Coots, Swamphens, Chestnut Teal and Australasian Grebes, while Cisticolas were to be seen in the reeds. As usual there were a lovely lot of birds on the Tuggerah STW including 200+ Hardheads, 8+ Australasian Shovelers, 30+ Pinkears, Chestnut Teal, Black-winged Stilts, Hoary-headed Grebes and a Fantailed Cuckoo in the bushes

While having lunch in the Park near Chittaway Point by Ourimbah Creek, a good variety of birds either swam or flew past, including a Striated Heron. The call of the Striped Honeyeater had us looking and finding it for most to see. Also seen with the help of Trevor Waller’s telescope, were two Tawny Frogmouths across the Creek. We later saw Caspian Terns, Little & Great Egrets, and many cormorants on Curly Island south of the Point. A White-bellied Sea-eagle flew over and disturbed many of these birds. A great day with 93 species. It was a pleasure to lead such a great group of people, always willing to share scopes and knowledge with other people (Carole & John Carpenter).

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