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April 15, 2010

Terranora Broadwater

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Tweed Heads Birding

The Terranora Broadwater walk is a fairly long walk. I reckon it is about 3 to 5 kilometers one way, and I did not go all the way. It still continues on for how long I do not know. To get there, drive south from Tweed Heads and take the Bilambil turnoff before the bridge. Park somewhere behind the Seagulls club and start walking west and south along the water front. The track passes through sub-tropical rainforest, mangroves and grasslands. I had seen Spangled Drongo and White-bellied Sea-eagles there last night. This morning I heard whipbirds and catbirds as I started off. A Pied Butcherbird sang me a morning song and a huge pelican swooped down to the water.

Sacred Kingfishers
Sacred Kingfishers (Todiramphus sanctus)

A few birds were looking for a feed on the oyster racks out in the bay. The appropriately named Pied Oystercatchers were digging around, as well as a Striated Heron and a Great Egret. Along the track, a bunch of Red-browed Finch came down to peck at the grass seeds. On the way back, a pair of Sacred Kingfishers kept following me along the water front. I could not get rid of them!

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher

Some Lewin’s Honeyeaters and Brown Honeyeaters were in competition for the mistletoe blossoms. I did not see any Mistletoebirds, but they would have been shooed off anyway. The Terranora Broadwater is well worth a visit. Especially in spring, when it must come alive. There are a variety of habitats, so there are a good range of birds.

Terranora Broadwater bird list

Spangled Drongo
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Eastern Whipbird (H)
Green Catbird (H)
Willy Wagtail
Australian Pelican
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Oystercatcher
Australian Raven
Bar-shouldered Dove
Striated Heron
Great Egret
Grey Fantail
Australian Figbird
Red-browed Finch
Australian Magpie
Noisy Miner
Rainbow Lorikeet
Sacred Kingfisher
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater

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