Barren Grounds NR

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Subject: Barren Grounds NR
From: Charles Hunter <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 20:09:11 +1100 (EST)
Hi all,

  I spent a couple of enjoyable hours today (14/01/07) at Barren Grounds NR 
with some good sightings including an Eastern Bristlebird.

  With not many birds at Cecil Hoskins Reserve I decided to visit Barren 
Grounds. I haven't spent much time in the south (of Sydney). It really is 
scenic country side.

  I followed the Flying Fox Pass walk (12.00pm - 1.45pm) until end with some 
good sightings along the way. Birds seen:

  Beautiful Firetail (2) - I haven't seen one since March 2001 in the Blue 
  Bassian Thrush (2) - seen both on the way down and on the way up
  Superb Fairy Wren (3)
  White-browed Scrubwren (1)
  Rufous Whistler (1)
  Eastern Spinebill (2)
  Spotted Pardalote (1)
  Crimson Rosella (2) - both juvenile
  White-throated Treecreeper (1)
  New Holland Honeyeater (several)
  Eastern Bristlebird - an unexpected (new) sighting on the my return, about 
800 metres from the carpark. There were three puddles full of tadpoles, near a 
small sandstone clearing. One of them had almost dried up and so I grabbed 
three muddy handfuls (of hundreds of tadpoles) and moved them to a pond with 
water. Looking up I saw a Bristlebird to my left. I observed for several 
seconds before it went into dense cover. I waited for several minutes but did 
not see it again before it suddenly flew low across the path in front of me as 
I started to walk back, out of site again.

  Great spot, great birding.

  Charles Hunter
  Paddington, Sydney

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