The White-throated Gerygonies were calling at Warriewood Wetland, on
Sidney's Northern beaches, this morning. As were the reedwarblers on the
settlement ponds at the north side of the wetland.No other migrants although
Rufus Whistlers and Sacred Kingfishers can't be far off.
There are plenty of raptors around the wetland right now, I saw the female
Swamp Harrier and a pair of Brown Goshawks on the 29Th. of last month and
the female goshawk again today. One of my "Northside Birders" saw a kestrel,
both Brown Goshawks and white and grey phase Grey Goshawks there a few days
ago. The Ospreys are "on eggs" near the Narrabeen Lagoon entrance, we hope
they will have better luck than last year.
I saw a Baillon's Crake at the settlement ponds on the 29Th. and heard a
Lewin's Rail in the wetland this morning, my first there for some time. I
heard the Lewins call just alongside the boardwalk, it kept calling but
never showed, it even crossed under the boardwalk metres away from me but
again not a glimpse, all I had for it's passing was it's call and maybe - a
It was making a repeated, sharp "cluck" which I thought was a crake or rail
but couldn't decide which one. I recorded it on my Dictaphone and checked
some recorded calls when I got home, Lewin's Rail it was.
Bruce Cox on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
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