Living in the area, I visit the reserve on a regular basis. The best spots for
Ground Parrot, Beautful Firetail, Bristlebird and Southern Emu-Wren, are all
close to the main carpark.
The track from the carpark to the Lodge usually produces Bristlebirds, but
watch ahead and walk slowly. At the Lodge, follow the service trail, all the
way down to the creek.
This area has the best chance of seeing Ground Parrots, but you'll need luck on
the day. Also listen out for Emu-wrens. Return to the Lodge, and then take the
track to Cooks nose for approx 100 metres, to the stand of trees on the left
hand bend. Another good spot for Bristlebirds.
Return to the carpark and follow the trail to the Illawarra lookout, which is
approx 1Km. Pass through the woodland areas until you reach the open heath.
This section is one of the best for Beautiful firetail, and I regularly find
Bristlebirds here too. Carry on to the lookout, enjoy the coastal view and you
may spot a Peregrine falcon.
The only sure way to see a Ground Parrot, is to join in the annual Ground
Parrot survey, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday 13th August 2006. It's a good birding
experience, even if you only see the bird flying away from you.
See you there
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