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December 3, 2009

Glenrock SCA Birding 091203

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Glenrock SCA Birding

Glenrock State Conservation Area, Newcastle. 3rd December 2009.

Glenrock SCA is just south of the centre of Newcastle. We are very lucky to have such a nice patch of bush right in our backyard. There are patches of rainforest and normal eucalypt bush. A creek goes through it with a few waterfalls for scenery purposes. The tracks are used by bush walkers, birders and mountain bike riders. In fact, I was nearly run over by several of them this morning. One was even wearing lycra(ugh).

I parked near where the Fernleigh Track crosses the road to Dudley and walked along the track towards the creek. A Laughing Kookaburra was the first bird to greet me for the morning, followed by a raucous call of many Bell Miners who were busy cultivating their lerps and creating die-back in the trees. A few White-browed Scrubwren flittered through the branches, of course. A few Chestnut Teal congregated around the creek, and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos made their usual cackling heard.

Across the bridge and heading towards the ocean, I heard quite a few Eastern Whipbirds and even managed to catch a fleeting glimpse of one. This cute little female Superb Fairy-wren posed daintily for me.

Superb Fairy-wren
female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus Cyaneus)

I walked a bit further and managed to see a Grey Goshawk that flew up out of the bushes and parked himself in a low tree. The problem was, he was just a bit too far away to get a decent shot. Oh well, there is always another day. A few Brown Thornbills started appearing as well as a Red-browed Finch, Grey Fantail, Willy Wagtail and an Eastern Rosella.

At least at the end of the walk, I got this good view of some guys having a good time surfing at the point. The water looks nice, doesn’t it. Anyone for a swim?

Glenrock surfing

Glenrock SCA bird list 3/12/09

Laughing Kookaburra
Bell Miner
Australian Raven
White-browed Scrubwren
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Chestnut Teal
Australian Magpie
Eastern Whipbird
Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Thornbill
Red-browed Finch
Grey Goshawk
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Rosella

Recommended Resource

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

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