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November 17, 2009

Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve 091117

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Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve – 17th November 2009.

7000 years of past shoreline events are preserved in the uncommon chenier dune complex at Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve. It is a place of outstanding scientific interest and has been studied by scientists from around the world. Cheniers are ridges of sand that form parallel to a retreating shoreline. Scientists believe these ridges are formed by the subtle action of low-energy wave wash.

Rufous Whistler
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)

The Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve is on the northern side of Batemans Bay which is on the South Coast of New South Wales. It starts along the edge of Surfside Beach and continues along the Cullendulla Creek. I followed the beach for a while where I found a few Yellow Thornbills and Superb Fairy-wrens who were flittering around in the Swamp Oak trees. These Swamp Oaks (Casuarina glauca) grow in dense stands just inland from the mangroves of Cullendulla Creek. They protect the creek banks where brackish and fresh water meet.

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

On the sand bars there were a few Black Swans going for a surf and a single Pied Oystercatcher had the sand flats all to himself. There were more Black Swans in the creek with a couple of Little Pied Cormorants and Little Black Cormorants. Further up the creek some Great Cormorants were drying their wings. Around the trees I saw a Rufous Whistler and a male Mistletoebird. Some Galahs, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos flew past at various times. Near the car park a few Rainbow Lorikeets and a mangy looking White-headed Pigeon were feeding at a bird feeder at a house and on the beach a single Sooty Oystercatcher flew past.

White-headed Pigeon
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Cullendulla Creek NR bird list 17/11/09

Rainbow Lorikeet
Yellow Thornbill
Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Black Swan
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Rufous Whistler
Mistletoebird
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Cattle Egret
Australian Raven
Willy Wagtail
White-headed Pigeon

Resources:

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

Australia: An Ecotraveler’s Guide

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