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Birds of New South Wales - #5 – Coonabarabran Region (25 July 2016)
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Having left our island, early yesterday, we are driving north to take in the warm winter climate of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Our first overnight stop was at Wagga Wagga. However, persistent rainfall since crossing Victoria’s section of the Great Dividing Range has meant that my camera has not left the car.
The following day, we travelled to our next overnight stop, at Coonabarabran.
We again took the back road from Dubbo which is the shorter route, sealed, well maintained, has less traffic and takes you through the extensive state forest and the little township of Mendooran. It also eliminates the need to go through Gilgandra, not that I have anything against that town.
Before passing through Mendooran, we stopped to look at the birdlife around the stream behind the tennis complex opposite the hotel.
There, I came across good numbers of Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Appostlebird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Peaceful Dove, White-winged Chough, Superb Fairy-wren, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark and a Laughing Kookaburra.
I also saw several flocks of Red-rumped Parrot feeding along the track which runs along the stream at the back of the adjacent housing estate.
Our journey north continued the following day where we crossed the Queensland border near Goondiwindi.
Prior to completing this leg, we stopped in Narrabri (near the banks of the Namoi River) where, on previous visits, I had seen quite a number of Black Kites.
Unfortunately, the kites were nowhere to be seen that day but I did come across Eastern Rosella, Crested Pigeon, Red-rumped Parrot, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Galah, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark and a solitary Australian Pelican swimming downstream.
Along the road from Narrabri to Moree we saw significant numbers of Nankeen Kestrel, Black and Black-shouldered Kites and Black Falcon perched atop roadside poles or on the telephone wiring system.
We also came across a magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle feeding on roadkill in the middle of the Newell. Thankfully, it saw us coming and took off just in time as we flashed underneath at highway speed.
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