Emerald Beach is just north of Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. There is a nice beach with a headland walk. Look At Me Now Headland is where they wanted to put in a sewerage outfall in the early nineties, but was stopped because of vigorous protest.
Coastal heaths are standard habitat for White-cheeked Honeyeaters and you will very often see them at the beach flying around manically, high on nectar from the bottle-brushes, wattles and banksia blooms. This one has got what looks like a dragon-fly in his mouth. They are very similar to the New Holland Honeyeater which has a white ring around the eye and a smaller white cheek patch.
This Mistletoebird is either a female or a juvenile. I am leaning towards juvenile mainly because of the possible light gape around the bill and the duller orange butt patch.
There are lots of Eastern Grey Kangaroos out on the headland, grazing on the grass. This one had a joey in the pouch, who was bouncing along with mum and eating the grass when she stopped for a nibble.
I just had to put this photo in. I love the water and island in the background. Something different. Consider this my arty shot.
This is a typical juvenile coastal Homo sapiens in its natural habitat.
Maybe half a dozen Australian Pipits were feeding on the Emerald Beach headland and hopping around in the rocky areas. I usually see them on grassy patches or roads. They are also fairly common in South-east Asia, where it is difficult to distinguish them from the Paddyfield Pipit.
Emerald Beach Bird List
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinacaem) – female or juvenile
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)