Tweed Heads trip report (featuring unusual curlew)

Subject: Tweed Heads trip report (featuring unusual curlew)
From: "Nicholas Talbot" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 19:05:52 +1000
I managed a few birdwatching trips in Tweed Heads (Northern NSW) over the past few days. On the 14th I went to look at the sandbanks on the Tweed River entrance at Florence Street. There were very few birds on the sand because some children were on the bank fishing but while I was there four Curlew flew over. I got them in the scope and two had white rumps. I assume that means they could have been Eurasian Curlew but I didn't get a good look at the other features. Apart from that (almost) highlight there were also Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher and White-bellied Sea-eagle around. Wandering around the Parks in the nearby suburb of Banora Point I saw 37 species including a pair of Wandering Whistling-Duck with four or five ducklings, Little and Noisy Friarbirds, Brown Honeyeater and heard a White-throated Gerygone. On Terranora Broadwater on the 15th I saw Azure and Sacred Kingfisher, Mistletoebird, Spangled Drongo and three Osprey.

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