Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 29, 2019

Macksville to Taree

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 12:25 am

Mid-North Coast Birding.

I wanted to have a look at the surf at Scott’s Head, just out of Macksville. There was a bit of swell running so I thought there might be something there if the point had accumulated some more sand. When I was walking up to the point, I saw some people looking up into the trees and I pulled out the camera and took some photos of a snoozing Tawny Frogmouth.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

There was a bit of swell but there was no sand out at the point. It has been like that for years now. I remember surfing for hundreds of meters down the beach with lots of sand. 🙁

Scotts Head surfing

Surfing the point

After Scott’s Head, I headed south along the coast and stayed at Ryan’s Cut Picnic Area in Hat Head National Park for the night. Then continued on to Crescent Head which was no good at all – small waves with an onshore wind chopping everything up. I then went via Port Macquarie and Laurieton then stopped again at Saltwater National Park , east of Taree. I have been here a few times and it has always been productive.

White-headed Pigeon

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Regent Bowerbird   - male

Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – male

Regent Bowerbird - female

Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – female

Mid-north Coast bird list

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
Australian Brush-Turkey (Alectura lathami)
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)
Willie Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Robin
Superb Fairy-wren
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
White-browed Scrubwren
Spangled Drongo
Pied Butcherbird
White-faced Heron
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)


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