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Birds of New South Wales - #10 – Sydney (15 February 2018)

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Birds of New South Wales - #10 – Sydney Laughing Kookaburra, Killarney Heights, NSW

We have just returned from a quick road trip to Sydney, to help celebrate two birthdays of friends we made a number of years ago whilst cruising around Fiji.

Birds of New South Wales - #10 – Sydney Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Killarney Heights, NSW

On our way up to Sydney, we had an overnight stay at Cooma and an overnight stay at Albury on our return journey.

Birds of New South Wales - #9 – Sawtell Region Pied Oystercatcher, Boambee Creek Beach, Toormina, NSW

As far as birding goes, there was not a lot of joy to be had at Cooma and Albury but I was happy with results from my hike along Flat Rock Beach Track at the end of Downpatrick Road, in Killarney Heights.

That track takes you through National Parkland but care must be exercised whilst walking as, I suspect, it has suffered from a good deal of water erosion over the years.

There are many different species of birdlife to be observed along this track although the thick vegetation through which it passes provides a significant challenge to locate and photograph the same.

Birds of New South Wales - #2 - Urunga / Forster-Tuncurry Australian King-Parrot, Bicentennial Flora Park, Tuncurry, NSW

Nevertheless, I did come across – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, Galah, Grey Butcherbird, Sacred Kingfisher, Eastern Whipbird, Magpie-lark, Australian Raven, Willie Wagtail, Red-browed Finch, Eastern Spinebill, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Spotted Pardalote, Grey Fantail, Australian Magpie, Brown Thornbill, Silvereye, Golden Whistler, Brown Gerygone, Lewin’s Honeyeater and Laughing Kookaburra.

The early morning chorus of numerous Kookaburras and Magpies, not to mention a solitary Grey Butcherbird that wasn’t going to be outdone by the others, was an absolute treat.

I understand there are several different species of owl residing in this area although I didn’t see or hear any of them during our 2-night stay.

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