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November 18, 2009

Conjola NP Bird Photography 091118

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Conjola National Park Bird Photgraphy, 18th November 2009.

Conjola National Park is on the South Coast of New South Wales between Ulladulla and Jervis Bay. I camped at Bendalong overnight and then drove down to North Bendalong when I woke up at 5am! I had breakfast while the Rainbow Lorikeets were also having their breakfast on the blackbutt blossoms above me. There were a few fights with the Noisy Friarbirds which did not go down well with my morning cuppa. Finally I was ready and set off down the track north towards Monument Beach.

blackbutt blossoms
Some blackbutt blossoms

The first birds I saw were some Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos who flew past over head. An Eastern Spinebill came to sticky beak at me and scolded me for being around so early. In the tree tops a Channel-billed Cuckoo was being chased by a bunch of what I thought were magpies. I am sure that magpies are too smart to get sucked into looking after one of their eggs. A Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike posed for me demurely. I did a few over-the-shoulder shots but the light was really bad and they did not turn out too well.

I made it to Monument Beach which is named after a monument that was put up by people because a ship was wrecked there in 1870. I then headed up Cedar Road where a lot of flowering blackbutts were being raided by Red Wattlebirds, Little Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds. I heard an Eastern Whipbird and finally saw him crossing the road and perched on one side. Unfortunately he was behind a lot of branches and I could not get a clear photograph of him.

On the way back I saw some Great Cormorants taking off from Nerrindillah Lake and a White-faced Heron was looking for a feed on the shore. I was surprised at how dead the lake was – these were the only birds that I saw on it.

Conjola NP bird list 18/11/09

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Noisy Friarbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Eastern Spinebill
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Australian Raven
Superb Fairy-wren
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Fantail
White-browed Scrubwren
Red Wattlebird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Wattlebird
Eastern Whipbird
Great Cormorant
White-faced Heron

Resources:

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

Australia: An Ecotraveler’s Guide

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