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March 24, 2015

Narromine Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 12:42 am

Central West NSW.

It has poured raining here in Narromine this morning. You would not believe it! The streets were almost flooding. Last night I was going to camp at Mac’s Reserve, about four kilometers out of town on the banks of the Macquarie River. It was a horrible place, all dry and dusty and a place for rednecks to go and get drunk and burn out cars.

Burnt out car
Burnt out car.

Instead I camped at the rest area out of town. It was OK. It had a table and toilets. I have done about 450 kilometers so far from Newcastle. I plan to do about 500 kilometers per week. This is a standard view of most inland towns in Australia – big wide streets and wheat silos.

Narromine nsw
Standard country town view.

Whilst eating breakfast, I caught sight of this Black-shouldered Kite over the other side of the railway tracks. I never get bored taking photos of these beautiful raptors.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite ( Elanus axillaris)

I went for a walk along the river in town at the Rotary Park. A few birds here and there but not much.

Red-rumped Parrots
Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus)

A few Welcome Swallows were circling over the football oval. And I spotted a Black Kite in the distance.

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow ( Hirundo neoxena)

Some good camping sites west from Newcastle are:

1. Jerry Plains rest area – just before the village. It has a big field with plenty of room for caravans and turning, barbecue, tables and toilets.

2. Cassilis Park rest area – 5 k west of Cassilis. A nice bush area off the road with plenty of space, toilets, and tables.

Narromine Bird List

Pacific Black Duck
Crested Pigeon
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Common Starling
Red-shouldered Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot
Eastern Rosella
Welcome Swallow
Black Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


  1. Hello Steve, next time you are up in Narromine let me know and we can expand that list by far and also show some brilliant places to camp!!!!

    Comment by James Craft — October 15, 2016 @ 11:21 am

  2. ok. thank you james..

    Comment by admin — October 16, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

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