Spent an interesting few hours in this beautiful area near Sydney from about
930. Started at Laughtondale Gully Road, which put on a great honeyeater
display. At one roadside spot in the forest near the 15km U bend got 12
species, in rough order of abundance: Yellow-tufted very common and feeding
juveniles, Eastern Spinebill, White-eared, Yellow-faced, White-naped,
White-cheeked, New Holland, Little Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird, Brown-headed,
Lewin’s, and a single Scarlet, with Bell Miners just audible from down valley.
Good flowering at present including Turpentine, a few bloodwoods and
angophoras. Also seen here Rufous Fantail and both whistlers were very vocal.
Just near the T junction with Singleton Road on the edge of the river flats got
a female Regent Bowerbird – not sure if this species is regularly sighted on
the Sydney side of the river but it’s a long time since I can recall seeing a
posting. They used to be resident at a spot on the west side of the river at
Portland Head Road many years ago.
Nearby along the river got White-bellied Sea-eagle, plenty of Sacred
Kingfishers, and nice views of a 1.5 metre + Green Tree-snake on the road then
up in lantana.
Wiseman’s Ferry had Musk Lorikeets in the flowering Grevillea robustas, and
plenty of Satin Bowerbirds, but no sight or sound of Blue-faced Honeyeaters.
Across the river at Dharug National Park the Mill Creek area was a bit windy
but saw 2 more sea-eagles in subadult plumage, Common Bronzewing, 2 pairs of
Wonga Pigeon, Leaden Flycatcher, many very vocal Channel-billed Cuckoos, and a
Finally a Pied Butcherbird on wires near Mangrove Mountain – uncertain if this
is a regular site, was hoping to see them at Laughtondale Gully earlier in the
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