And Bicentennial Park is good for much more than just "wet" things.
Red-rumped parrots, superb fairy-wren, white-plumed honeyeater, welcome
swallow and black-faced cuckoo-shrike are resident and fairly easily seen
around Lake Belvedere. Mason Park (next door) is good for brown honeyeater,
as well as waders. Red and little wattlebird are often about, as are yellow
thornbill, red-browed finch and sometimes grey fantail.
At times you can even pick up red-necked avocet. With a few hours you'll
probably get close to 50 species of bird at Bicentennial Park.
No doubting the Blue Mountains are beautiful, but don't be fooled by Evan -
he usually sits on his balcony and waits for the birds to visit his garden!
In all seriousness though, the trains run to the Blue Mountains and they're
well worth a trip, even if only for the scenery.
On 18/01/2008, <> wrote:
> > Hi Evan, Thanks for your reply. You're right about Sydney birders being
> a good bunch, I've had quite a few replies, all of them useful.
> Having not birded Australasia before my main priority is to get into as
> many different habitats as possible and see a good variety of birds.
> Everything apart from House Sparrow, European starling and a few waders
> will be new to me! I'm not a list freak, I'm just into some quality
> birding. There's a few things I really shouldn't miss like Suberb
> Lyrebird, Satin Bowerbird, Green Catbird, Tawny Frogmouth and Superb Fairy
> Wren but other than that I don't have any real target species, just to
> have some good days out!
> Whilst in Sydney I will be restricted to public transport so I think the
> Blue Mountains will be out, but I'll also be in Wollongong for a few days
> after, with access to a car, so I reckon a visit to the Royal NP must be
> in order! If you know any particular spots there I'd be most grateful.
> Many thanks again. Paul
> It does depend a lot on what you're interested in, and if you're
> > chasing numbers or just some really interesting birds.
> > Homebush Bay is great for waders and other wet things. Most of the
> > sites you mention are good for waders, but I reckon (and I'm totally
> > biased) that the bush birding an hour west in the Blue Mountains is
> > far more interesting. I've got some free time in the next few weeks
> > too if you want to be shown around.
> > So have a think about what you want and what's interesting and let us
> > know. There's some extremely generous and knowledgeable birders in the
> > area, surely someone will help you out.
> > Evan
> > On 1/17/08, <> wrote:
> >> Hi all! I've never been to Australia before and I'm going to be in
> >> Sydney
> >> from 20th-25th Jan 2008 for work. I'll be able to sneak in a couple of
> >> days birding while I'm there! From speaking to friends here in London
> >> I've
> >> ascertained a few places to go locally including the Botanical Gardens,
> >> Long Reef, Deep Creek and maybe Holmbush Bicentennial Park; I was just
> >> wondering if that sounded about right to you guys, or whether you could
> >> recommend any other places I might be better off at. Any advice
> >> gratefully
> >> received! Also any advice for Powerful Owl ??!Many Thanks, Paul Cook.
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