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Birds of New South Wales - #9 – Sawtell Region (1 August 2017)

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Birds of New South Wales - #4(c) - Murray River Region (Echuca / Moama) Brown Treecreeper, Broken Creek Reserve, Barmah, NSW

We have now moved on to Toormina to take up our next week’s holiday accommodation at Boambee Bay Resort. The resort has Boambee Creek at its back door and is close to where that creek enters the Pacific Ocean.

Birds of New South Wales - #3 - North Haven Region Red-capped Plover, Cathey Creek Lagoon, North Haven Region, NSW

Close to its mouth and crossing the creek is a railway bridge. Alongside the bridge there is a boardwalk providing foot access to some dense coastal vegetation hosting a variety of birdlife.

Birds of New South Wales - #2 - Urunga / Forster-Tuncurry Eastern Yellow Robin, Bicentennial Flora Park, Tuncurry, NSW

I had visited this site some years ago and, now that I had returned to the area, was keen to observe the many birds I heard but wasn’t able to photograph in the past.

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

There is a rough walking track through the coastal vegetation that winds its way along the east side of the railway line. During the several hours I spent in this area the other day, I noted the presence of – Satin Bowerbird, Lewin’s / White-cheeked Honeyeater, Eastern Yellow Robin, Rainbow / Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Pied Currawong, Red-browed Finch, Australian Brush-turkey, Golden Whistler and Eastern Spinebill.

Birds of New South Wales - #1 - Tweed Coast Region Australian Pelican

Back on the southern banks of the waterway, that is, back in Boambee Creek Reserve, I saw – Little Egret, Great / Pied / Little Black / Little Pied Cormorant, Pied Oystercatcher, Little Corella, Eastern Rosella, Striated Pardalote, Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Grey Butcherbird, Australian White Ibis, Australian Raven, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Australian Pelican and a ‘lifer first’, for me, a magnificent Square-tailed Kite.

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

There is a well formed paved walkway which takes you high above the southern edge of the creek from the railway bridge out to Boambee Head. It is well worth the effort to follow this track to the wonderful vantage point overlooking the ocean.

Birds of New South Wales - #4(c) - Murray River Region (Echuca / Moama) Restless Flycatcher, Broken Creek Reserve, Barmah, NSW

Like the bush-track on the other side of the creek, I had walked this paved track previously and, on that occasion, was lucky enough to observe a number of different raptors hovering amongst the up-drafts high above the headland.

My recent visit to the headland was another of those wonderful moments observing nature when the wind conditions were perfect and the local birdlife was hell-bent on providing a memorable spectacle. No less than 6 raptors entertained me for well over 40 minutes above that bleak exposed headland.

Birds of New South Wales - #9 – Sawtell Region Brahminy Kite, Sawtell, NSW

The first, were 3 Brahminy Kites. They were followed by a pair of Osprey. And, finally, another Square-tailed Kite.

I really couldn’t believe my good fortune in seeing these wonderful creatures at short intervals and whole heartedly encourage everyone to add this area to their list of high priority birding locations. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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