Nightcap Nat Pk - Northern NSW

To: "Colin R" <>
Subject: Nightcap Nat Pk - Northern NSW
From: "Ekerlogic Consulting Services (ECS)" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 07:21:53 +1000
Hi Colin

Having spent 7 years surveying and researching in north east NSW, i find
your lack of birds somewhat surprising (it IS winter after all).

The Rummery Park area, part of the Nightcap NP (formerly Whian Whian SF) is
a pretty good spot for birds.  Did you visit the Big Scrub Flora Reserve?
In summer the reserve supports most of the fruit pigeons incl. Super,
Rose-crowned, Wompoo (and the others), you might also expect White-eared
Monarchs at this time of year.  As for Superb Lyrebirds, there are no
superbs in the region, from my understanding  the superb range heads a
little inland and the coast ranges of the north east support Albert's with
some overlap around the Tenterfield region (Syd Curtis knows the
distribution well).

You probably wouldn't expect Boobooks to be calling at this time of year,
but perhaps Masked, Powerful and Sooty.

Border Ranges is a great spot for birding.  If you drive the Tweed Scenic
Drive (33km) through the forest from the western edge to the eatsern you are
sure to observe a whole suite of species incl rufous scrub birds (more
likely to hear these guys!).  Camping at Sheppstation Ck offers camping on
the edge of the rainforest in wet eucalypt forest, a good ecotone, and
generally a great diversity of species.  Be warned though, it is winter
time, and a lot of the rainforest species head to the lower altitude
remnants.  Places Like Victoria NR, Wilson NR and Rotary Park (in Lismore),
Booyong FR are likely to support a relatively high diversityof species at
this time of year, especially the fruit pigeons, which move into these areas
in search of fruiting species incl. weeeds (camphor and privet).

Peter A. Ekert
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