royal NP

Subject: royal NP
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 21:51:15 EDT
hi all
my wife and i spent most of saturday wandering through the royal NP south of sydney.
43 spp seen. full list follows.
on a beautiful clear morning, the carpark and clearing beside the hacking river at the north end of lady carrington drive were alive with birds, incl a gorgeous crested shrike-tit, topknot pigeon, satin bowerbirds, olive-backed orioles and an azure kingfisher. a strange but beautiful sight was pair of great cormorants sunning on a branch, heads cocked and vibrating their throat pouches in unison, giving the impression they were shimmering in the sun. is this a courtship display?
i also saw a little friarbird at close range. i know this is supposedly out of range. i grew up in an area where noisy and little friabirds were common and am v familiar with both. it may be possible they are spreading east/south due to drought etc. keep an eye out. there were little wattlebirds present elsewhere (everywhere) - the two are easily distinguished.
Along the track we saw varied sitellas, striated thornbills, a brown gerygone, red-browed finches and a lovely male rose robin
At the southern end of Lady Carrington, it was pretty quiet but at long last we finally had a good look at a green catbird on a large log across the creek. quiet as a mouse but perhaps it was the time of day.
an unplanned two-hour detour along the warramulla fire trail had its reward with a couple of sightings of a chestnut heathwren (tick) beside the track.
no raptors and not many honeyeaters - apart from the usual suspects - despite the blossoms but a couple of YTBCs eased the loooong march along the road back to the car.
shane b

full list
sulphur-crested cockatoo
yellow-tailed black cockatoo
rainbow lorikeet
king parrot
crimson rosella
australasian grebe
great cormorant
wood duck
pacific black duck
dusky moorhen
purple swamphen
silver gull
azure kingfisher
topknot pigeon
satin bowerbird
olive-backed oriole
lewins HE
little friarbird
little wattlebird
eastern spinebill
new holland HE
noisy miner
crested shrike-tit
superb fairy wren
red-browed finch
brown gerygone
striated thornbill
varied sitella
eastern yellow robin
rose robin
rufous whistler (f)
green catbird
eastern whipbird
white-browed scrubwren
chestnut-rumped heathwren
grey fantail
w wagtail
welcome swallow
magpie lark
pied currawong
aust raven

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