A good long morning in Sydney's Hawkesbury area - 7th November 2004

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From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 13:57:09 +1100

A good morning’s birding was had today (7th November) by fellow Melbourne birdos, Richard Nowotny and Diana Bryant as well as myself in Sydney’s Hawkesbury area (approx. 55km north-west of the Sydney CBD). 


Mitchell Park at Cattai was alive this morning with a nice pair of Pacific Bazas (they should be nesting soon further along Cattai Creek), Brown Cuckoo-doves, Wonga Pigeon, Common Bronzewing, Peaceful Doves, very noisy Brush Cuckoos (2 adults chasing each other with another juvenile bird with them), several Sacred Kingfishers (pair mating near termite mound), several Dollarbirds, a cooperative male Cicadabird, Leaden Flycatchers,  Brown and White-throated Gerygone (one of the Brown Gerygones was seen nest building), heaps of Scarlet Honeyeaters, White-cheeked and Noisy Friarbirds (amongst other Honeyeaters) all attracted to the flowering Eucalypts, Olive-backed Orioles and Satin Bowerbirds. I also thought I glimpsed one of the resident Black Bitterns slip away out of sight.


After well satisfying morning at Mitchell Park, we then moved off to the Windsor-Richmond Turf Farms were we saw a female Swamp Harrier, lots of White-winged Trillers, both Rufous and Brown Songlarks, Singing Bushlark, Stubble Quail, Rainbow Bee-eaters and Zebra Finches. There were at least a hundred Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in a flooded paddock beside Cornwells Rd and in Fernleighs Lagoon (the lagoon at the end of Powell’s Rd, whatever you want to call it!), 8 Red-kneed Dotterels, a male Darter, Hardheads and a Caspian Tern (in full breeding plumage) being mobbed by about 50 Masked Lapwings.


A good long morning birding in the Hawkesbury.


Edwin Vella


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