Bushell’s Lagoon and Kurrajong Hills, nw of Sydney

Subject: Bushell’s Lagoon and Kurrajong Hills, nw of Sydney
From: e finley <>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 17:35:39 -0700 (PDT)
A 7am visit to Bushell’s Lagoon yesterday 16 Aug produced similarly foggy 
conditions to previous Sunday – although fortunately much warmer. Very 
atmospheric but very poor visibility until mid morning. Very few waterbirds 
present at the moment, mostly Coot and small numbers of more common duck 
species (Black, both teal, Wood), Aust Pelican and Little Grebe. The flocks of 
Little Black Cormorant have gone and there are very few Darters. Plenty of 
cisticolas, one Clamorous Reed-warbler seen on 9 Aug. Brown Quail and Goldfinch 
in good numbers. A Swamp Harrier the only raptor at the lagoon. Horsfields 
Bronze Cuckoo also seen.
Just up the lane at the corner of Blacktown Road were Zebra, Double-barred and 
displaying Red-browed Finch all in good numbers, Striated and Spotted 
Pardalote, 3 Little Lorikeets and a Grey Goshawk – have not seen this species 
in the Bushell’s vicinity before.
At Kurrajong Hills later yesterday morning was a sub-adult White-bellied Sea 
Eagle which is unusual for the hills. Other good sightings included continuing 
larger than usual numbers of Satin Bowerbird and White-naped Honeyeater – the 
latter seem to be on the move again but this time not in association with 
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. Also Grey Goshawk, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, plenty 
of Little Corellas and the usual pigeon species Brown Cuckoo-dove, Wonga and 
Common Bronzewing.
A Feather-tailed Glider was near the house at night.

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