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November 21, 2009

Budderoo National Park Bird Photography 091119

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Budderoo National Park Bird Photography – 19th November 2009.

Barren Grounds
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is situated on a plateau that is part of the Illawarra escarpment on the South Coast of New South Wales. It is composed mainly of dense heath and scattered woodlands. I started off by walking along the Griffiths Trail towards the Natural Stone Bridge. After a few hundred metres I heard this chirping and looked to the side of the track and there were at least three Southern Emu-wren. There were two males at least, possibly three. I hurriedly got the camera working and took a few photographs. I tried to get a bit closer but they moved away deeper into the heath.

Southern Emu-wren
Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus)

I carried on down the track but did not see much more. There were heaps of White-browed Scrubwren, a Willy Wagtail or two, an Eastern Yellow Robin(of course, the posers). Do you notice that Eastern Yellow Robins always fly right in front of you and pose dramatically on the nearest branch. They are like those hideous amateur child actors – “Look at me, look at me, look at me, take my photo”. Ahem, now seriously where was I? Oh yeah, birds. There were some Superb Fairy-wrens and I heard an Eastern Whipbird, and a New Holland Honeyeater. And that was about it. Lame.

Minamurra Rainforest Centre
I went back down the mountain to the Minamurra Rainforest Centre after Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. It does not open until 9am. What is that? That is too late, that is what it is. Anyway, I went in and walked around the boardwalk which is great. There were Superb Lyrebirds scratching around near the centre but not much else. I saw lots of White-browed Scrubwren again, the same Eastern Yellow Robin flew down the mountain to get his photo taken, a Brown Cuckoo-dove and I heard an Eastern Whipbird and a Green Catbird.

I even did the mammoth trek up to the waterfall. The walk is really steep and tests your fitness. I had to rest quite a few times. It was tough going but I was glad I did it. I sweated about ten litres so that was good. The only photo I kept from here was one of a Water Dragon but that was even out of focus. 🙁

Carrington Falls
Carrington Falls is on the top of the plateau and is just past Barren Grounds going towards Robertson. It is not far from the road so it is easy to get to. The trail is reasonably short so it is a nice quick walk. The Carrington Falls themselves are quite spectacular and drop a really long way. Too bad there were hardly any birds around. I saw a Pied Currawong, a kookaburra, White-browed Scrubwren and an Eastern Spinebill. And that was it. pfft..

Budderoo National Park bird list 19/11/09

Southern Emu-wren
White-browed Scrubwren
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Whipbird (H)
Green Catbird (H)
Eastern Yellow Robin
Superb Fairy-wren
New Holland Honeyeater
Superb Lyrebird
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Pied Currawong
Laughing Kookaburra
Eastern Spinebill


Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Helm Field Guides)

Australia: An Ecotraveler’s Guide

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