RFI Rufous Scrub-bird in Dorrigo/New England NPs NSW?

Subject: RFI Rufous Scrub-bird in Dorrigo/New England NPs NSW?
From: Brian Hawkins <>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:06:35 -0800 (PST)
G'day Rohan,

I'm pretty sure there are no Scrub-birds in Dorrigo NP.  The only place in the 
Dorrigo / New England area where I've heard them (and I live locally, and spend 
a lot of time in the bush in these national parks) is near Mount Killiekrankie, 
on the Horseshoe Road (pretty sure it's in New England National Park).  There 
is a good population of them here.  A few hundred metres down Bellbucca Road 
from its junction with Horseshoe Road is where, last summer, we got sightings 
of a Scrub-bird singing its heart out.  I can give you more precise directions 
if you like - just email me.  Horseshoe Road requires 4WD, tho 2WD should make 
it at the moment, in dry weather.

Hopefully there are still Scrub-birds in the main part of New England NP, on 
the rim of the escarpment, but I'm not aware of any and I don't think the 
ranger is either.  A year or two back we visited a spot where Simon Ferrier 
studied Scrub-birds in the 1980s (private land at the time, then logged just 
before becoming a National Park) and heard none.

Probably the best all-round place to hear and see rainforest birds is on the 
Wonga Walk, which starts and ends at the visitor centre at Dorrigo National 
Park.  The best birdwatching areas are mostly within 300m of the start of the 
track - once you get out into the big rainforest, most of the spectacular 
species are high overhead.  About five minutes from the start of the track 
there is a fork.  About 60m down the left fork there is a big strangler fig on 
the left hand side - a Moreton Bay fig.  This is fruiting at the moment and 
there are often Wompoos in it.

Another good rainforest bird site is at Woolgoolga Creek / Sherwood Nature 
Reserve - turn inland at the big roundabout on the Pacific Highway at 
Woolgoolga.  This is a good spot for Rose-crowned Fruit-doves, which are seldom 
present on the Wonga Walk.




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