"Solitary" clifftop birding

To: Carol Probets <>
Subject: "Solitary" clifftop birding
From: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 22:01:15 +1100
Dear Carol,

Perhaps I should train for a day walk to Mount Solitary - can't be bothered to 
enter into the city to surf but I have to do something! how 'bout the 
cafe-to-mount? anyone else in the blue mountains interested?

We did the South Lawson falls loop this afternoon (Adelina, Junction, Federal 
and Cataract Falls) which took about 1 hour. It was a lovely cool afternoon 
with an occasional misting of drizzle, perfect for a brisk bushwalk with 
numerous stops to admire the falls and birds which were hopping and fluttering 
all over the place (too many calls I didn't recognise). It's a great walk to 
take visitors on or for people visiting from Sydney - it has a picnic table 
about half way, plenty of shade, and there's even a "beach" below a gorgeous 
waterfall at Junction Falls! Lots of huge ancient-looking boulders about too, 
very scenic, a great training circuit...

The birds we did see were: Rufous fantail (showing off amazingly), Red-browed 
finches, White-browed scrubwren, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Spinebill, 
Lewin's Honeyeater, Thornbills (still can't identify brown from striated or 
anything else), Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots, Superb Fairy-wren, 
White-throated Treecreeper, Grey Fantail. None of the usual "big" birds were 
out - no wattle birds/currawongs, cockatoos. I also saw a juvenile Eastern 
Yellow Robin on a detour back home through the old golf course which was a 
lovely treat.

As an aside - thanks for your reply about YT Black Cockatoo calls vs 
Glossy-black.  - I'm almost sure they were YTBCs but without seeing them I 
can't be positive - this just sounded so like the Glossy's call going by the 
internet and from memory... At least I was able to identify the booming call of 
the Tawny Frogmouth, another first for me.


......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 

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