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New South Wales

Plains-wanderer
Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus ©Andy Walker Website

Mainland New South Wales covers an area of about 800,000 square kilometres, extending over 12 degrees of longitude and 6 degrees of latitude. In broad terms, NSW encompasses four geographic zones – the coastal plains, the tablelands, western slopes and the western plains.

Climate

Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the world's driest continent and climate is the major factor affecting the distribution of Australian birds; many species are adapted to this climate. Eastern Australia is especially well known for its seemingly unpredictable extremes in weather with floods or droughts a regular feature. For example, 1997 to 2006 was the driest period in NSW’s recorded history and was followed by a period of severe flooding.

Climatically, New South Wales lies within a temperate zone; however, very high temperatures occur in the far northwest and very cold temperatures on the Southern Highlands. The climate changes markedly east to west and this is evidenced by significant differences in vegetation. Average annual rainfall varies from greater than 2000 mm per annum in parts of eastern NSW to less than 200 mm in the far west. In part, the climatic variation occurs because of the presence of the Great Dividing Range, which runs the full length of NSW from north to south and is never more than 150kms from the coast; it rises abruptly from the coastal plain and much rain borne by onshore winds falls on the eastern escarpment. Thus, the coastal strip has good rainfall and being influenced by the warm waters of the adjacent Tasman Sea maintains relatively mild temperatures Winter snow falls, mostly in the Southern Alps (the far southern section of the Great Divide) and severe frosts can occur anywhere on the high country of the Great Divide. Beyond the Great Divide, rainfall decreases and temperature extremes occur. Most inland locations experience maximum summer temperatures above 30° C, and in the northwest may reach 50° C while winter frosts and temperatures below -5° C may occur in the Southern Alps and inland.

Southern Oscillation
The Southern Oscillation and its impact on the region's climate - Australian weather patterns are influenced by a phenomenon known as the Southern Oscillation (SO). The SO is a major air pressure shift occurring between the eastern Pacific and the western Pacific/Asian regions as a result of large-scale interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere and has a profound effect on climate variability, season to season and year to year. A sustained positive variation in the SO Index is known as a La Nina and a sustained strongly negative variation is called an El Nino. Such variations occur randomly. When negative variations occur there are widespread drought conditions; a La Nina may result in widespread heavy rain.

In addition to impacting land-based habitats, the Southern Oscillation influences oceanic circulation and productivity of the Tasman Sea.

Ocean Waters
The western Tasman Sea is dominated by the interplay between bodies of warm and cold water (Cooper, McAllan & Curtis 2014) and these result in great variability in the composition of the seabirds found through the year.

Regular seabird trips travel to the Continental Shelf and adjacent waters from Port Stephens (near Newcastle), Swansea (a suburb of Newcastle); Sydney, Wollongong and Eden (Far South Coast). An outcome of this activity is that most recent new vagrants to NSW have been seabirds. In addition, the topography of the waters of the mainland, coastal islands, the volcanic island of Lord Howe and its associated rock outcrops and reefs, and seamounts (undersea mountains) further modify oceanic waters so they contain high concentrations of food and larger numbers of seabird are often associated with these places.

Landform

The Great Dividing Range is both a climatic barrier and a distribution barrier for birds by separating the narrow and wetter coastal plain from the drier inland. A number of westward range offshoots of the Great Dividing Range (notably the Liverpool, Warrumbungle and Nandewar Ranges) extend the range of some coastal rainforest and forest dwelling species. The lowest section of the Great Dividing Range occurs in the Upper Hunter and, here, woodlands similar to those of the inland enable typically inland birds to move towards coastal areas.

Throughout the Divide, there are upland areas ranging from 300 metres to over 2,150 metres, these Tablelands comprise the New England Tableland, the Central Tablelands (Blue Mountains to Bathurst and Orange, Goulburn and Yass), the Monaro Tableland and the high plateaux of Kosciusko and Kiandra.Far from being level, their surface consists of a series of very broad, undulating valleys. They experience obvious altitudinal changes in climate, particularly cold winters and mild summers. Interspersed on the tablelands are open grass- or heath- lands. Previously, extensive temperate woodlands largely covered much of the tableland area as well as extending onto the riverine plains and the far western rangelands. Today, these woodlands have been extensively cleared and modified for agricultural pursuits, primarily sheep-wool production and cereal cropping. As one progresses west of the Divide, across the Western Slopes (similarly extensively cleared) the land flattens to dry plains and, here, the major rivers are important in determining bird distribution.

Further inland, the far western plains country may appear quite featureless to some travelers but there are numerous outcrops in the northern two thirds of the State and faulted and warped peneplains raise their heads abruptly near Broken Hill. These are the Barrier Ranges that at 390 - 480 metres practically tower above the surrounding plains. To the north the Grey Range, rising to between 260m and 330m, also stands above the plains landscape. These ranges and other outcrops introduce added diversity to the surrounding landscape.

Bird Habitats

Before the arrival of Europeans, the only substantial alterations to habitats were made by Aborigines, who manipulated the vegetation for thousands of years through the use of fire. Vegetation patterns were profoundly affected by this action. Europeans imposed more basic, permanent and rapid change to the vegetative cover. This change is still occurring through land clearing, use of European agricultural practices, the introduction of foreign plants and animals, and salinisation. Almost all of New South Wales has been modified to some extent; in particular the understory has been eliminated or substantially reduced.

Forest & Woodlands

Australia is dominated by xerophytic (hard-leaved) plants, which have to contend with conditions which do not yield a generous supply of moisture to the plant. Here the vegetation mainly consists of eucalypts, acacias, geebungs, needlewood, allocasuarinas, quandong, spinifex, saltbush, bluebush, prickly wattle, etc.

Tall forests and woodlands are mostly confined to the higher rainfall areas of eastern New South Wales; while on the more easterly plains unless cleared open eucalypt woodland or woody shrubland are key habitats.

Tall forests may be rainforest or wet eucalypt types. Rainforest types, ranging from Sub-tropical to Cool Temperate, exist along the east coast of NSW. Where conditions are unsuitable for rainforests, wet eucalypt forest dominates this region. Temperate woodlands occurred in fertile rain shadows of coastal valleys, e.g. the Clarence, Hunter and Bega valleys and on the Cumberland Plain and on the western slopes and nearby plains. These savanna-type woodlands were described as park like by the early Europeans and are now the most extensively cleared vegetation communities across NSW because the areas are valued as important for wool, lamb and wheat production.

Mallee or Acacia Woodlands

Large tracts of mallee or acacia woodlands originally occupied parts of the semi-arid and arid parts of NSW, but much has been cleared. Areas of mallee, some of which are controlled by the NSW NP&WS still remain in the Western Division. Mallee is an important habitat for several rare birds (including Mallee-fowl, Regent Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot, Striated Grasswren, Shy Heathwren, Red-lored Whistler, Chestnut Quailthrush, Southern Scrub-robin and Black-eared Miner). In the northern parts of the semi-arid and arid western and central-western NSW mulga woodlands dominate.

Plains

Beyond to western slopes, the plains country begins. In the Northwest, the plains extend from the foothills of New England to the Darling or Barwon River, with practically negligible irregularities in their topography. Close in, Box, Ironbark or Cypress Pine woodlands are important; while to the west of these trees such as belah or brigalow often dominate sometimes interrupted by areas of eremophila, hopbush, cassia, wilga, or other large shrubs and, here and there, open grasslands varying from 100m to 20kms or more in extent occur. Examples are the Old Man, Tycannah, and Edgeroi Plains. On the far western plains, the vegetation usually consists of low saltbush, bluebush or prickly wattle shrublands, mitchell grass plains or stony (‘gibber’) plains. In southern inland NSW, the Riverina plain is a huge expanse of country mostly sparingly treed by only the Boree, Acacia pendulata.

Wetlands

The wetlands and rivers are important sites for waterbirds, waders and other birds reliant on such habitats but much of the coastal wetlands have been drained despite a growing appreciation of the importance of inland and coastal wetlands and the need to retain natural areas. In western NSW wetlands play an especially important role. The more permanent sites provide essential breeding sites of egrets, ibis and herons. Some of these, e.g. the Menidee Lakes, Lake Mulwala, are artificially filled as water storage basins. Others, e.g. Gingham Watercourses, Narran Lake, Macquarie Marshes those at the Lachlan/Murrumbidgee junction and the many billabongs along the Darling, Murrumbidgee and Murray are natural areas relying on regular floodwater. In the far northwest, most wetlands are ephemeral and some of the more extensive include Lake Wallace, Salt Lake, Cobham Lake, the Bulloo Overflow, the Cuttaburra channels, Yantabulla Swamps, Lake Bancannia, Lake Altiboulka, Mullawoolka Basin, Tonga Lake, Peery Lake.

Coastal wetlands tend to be dominated by sedge, phragmites and other emergent reeds, heath, paperbarks, mangroves, samphire, etc. Inland the vegetation is often Lignum, Cumbungi, Canegrass Nitre Goosefoot or River Cooba are important.

River Red Gums

The inland rivers, creeks, etc. of inland NSW are typically bordered by tall forests, and in Southern NSW towering majestically over the network of waterways, are River Red Gum forests. These are often forestry reserves, sometimes national parks, and may stretch for over 100,000 hectares. They are home to more than 150 species of birds. Ideal birding locations are to be found along the valleys of the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan rivers and are ideal places to get up close with the gums and their amazing bird life.

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WebBirder Hot Spots

Everlasting Swamp

Satellite View

I came across the Fatbirder website after visitors from England came out to our property. We took them on a walk through the Everlasting Swamp where they commented on the numbers of rare water birds nesting in the lakes area of the Everlasting Swamp and Teal Lagoon. These areas are part of our property and private land. [I live in Australia on a property called Round Mountain Lawrence, Australia 2460 which is located on the Everlasting Swamp in the state of New South Wales, Australia.] They said that birdwatchers would love to see these birds in their natural environment, particularly endangered species such as the blue brolga and the jabiru. Is anyone interested in observing these birds? If so feel free to get in touch with us. Suzy Daley daleyinv@bri.net.au

Contributor

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 589 (Including Lord Howe Island)

State Bird - Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae

Endemics

Number of endemics: 2

Rock-warbler Origma solitaria, Lord Howe Woodhen Gallirallus sylvestris
NB at least 98% of Superb Parrots live in NSW.

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist for Lord Howe Island

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

Useful Reading

*Fieldguides, CDs etc.

For general guides to Australia as a whole please see the Fatbirder Australia page

A Guide to the Bird Habitats in NSW

by Richard M Cooper & Ian A W McAllan | Published by NSW Bird Atlassers | Cost $A32 | Available from: PO Box 717 Woolgoolga NSW 2456 | http://www.nswbirdatlassers.org.au

ISBN: 0957704712

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An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT: Volume 1

by Richard M Cooper, Ian A W McAllan & Brian Curtis | Published by NSW Bird Atlassers | Cost $A135 | Available from: PO Box 717 Woolgoolga NSW 2456
This volume covers the breeding and regular migrant species from the Emu to the Plains-wanderer. For each bird, there are maps, graphs, tables and text on current distribution, breeding, seasonal and historical change and assessment of current status. This information thus provides a better understanding of the status and needs of each species and where to best concentrate conservation management efforts as well as a baseline against which future studies, environmental trends and conservation efforts can be measured | http://www.nswbirdatlassers.org.au

ISBN: 9780957704732

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An Atlas of the Birds of NSW and the ACT. Volume 2

by Richard M Cooper, Ian A W McAllan, Chrstopher C.P. Brandis & Brian Curtis | Published by NSW Bird Atlassers | Cost $A135 plus packaging and postage| Available from: PO Box 717 Woolgoolga NSW 2456 Australia
This volume covers the breeding and regular migrant species from the Comb-crested Jacana to the Striated Pardalote. For each bird, there are maps, graphs, tables and text on current distribution, breeding, seasonal and historical change and assessment of current status. This information thus provides a sound understanding of the status and habitat needs of each species and where to best concentrate conservation management efforts as well as providing a baseline against which future studies, environmental trends and conservation efforts can be measured | http://www.nswbirdatlassers.org.au

ISBN: 9780957704749

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The Birds of the Lord Howe Island Group: A Review of Records

by Ian. A W McAllan, Brian R Curtis, Ian Hutton & Richard M Cooper | Cost $A15 | Limited copies available through PO Box 717 Woolgoolga NSW 2456 | http://www.nswbirdatlassers.com

Useful Information

Clarence Valley sites

http://birdrangers.com/Birds/Locations/birdroutes.pdf
Download pdf brochure of various birding hot-spots, map and driving routes, with local species list. By Clarence Valley Birders…

NSW Bird List

This list is the official NSW Bird List of the NSW Ornithological Records Appraisal Commitee and has been adopted by the NSW Bird Atlassers. Download the PDF: http://www.nswbirdatlassers.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Master-NSW-Bird-List.pdf

Forums & Mailing Lists

Canberra Birding

Mailing List

To subscribe to list: http://lists.topica.com/login.html?al=s&sub=1&loginMsg=12051

Discussion Group - An unmoderated announcement and discussion list for members and friends of the Canberra Ornithologists Group. Our focus is the enjoyment, study and conservation of the wild native birds of the Canberra, ACT, Australia region…

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Australian Ornithologicval Services - Philip Maher

Tour Operator

NSW Birding and overseas trips...

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders their area…

Birdrangers

Guide

Birdrangers is a small business based at Gibraltar Reserve Wildlife Refuge in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. Our aim is to cultivate interest in birdwatching and biodiversity. We provide tours for small groups or individuals, observing and experiencing the diverse fauna & flora of the region. Research & Conservation is our main focus…

BM Birding

Tour Operator

Welcome to bmbirding.com.au, the website dedicated to birds and birding in and around the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney – a beautiful, surprising and diverse region which includes the sensational Capertee Valley.

Central Tablelands Birdwatching Tours

Tours

Will take you bird watching in: Mudgee, Munghorn Gap, The Capertee Valley and the Western Slopes of The Blue Mountains Join us on one of our custom daylight birding tours and you could see over 150 of Australia's unique and beautiful bird species in less than two days! Readily seen endemics and rarities include the Rockwarbler (the only bird endemic to the state of NSW), Glossy Black Cockatoo, Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail, Painted Honeyeater, Hooded Robin, Grey-crowned Babbler, Red-browed Treecreeper, Superb Lyrebird and Emu...

David Bishop Bird Tours

Tour Operator

Halicat Tours (Sydney Pelagics)

Pelagic

Come and see the seabirds feeding in their own territory out on the continental shelf some 20 nautical miles to sea from Sydney.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2009 [09 September] - Birdrangers - Gibraltar Reserve Wildife Refuge

Report

There have been several changes in & around the Reserve this past year. Adjacent to the southern boundary a new native forestry plantation has been established, with the cattle and previous owner gone. This reduces the chance of cattle impacting the rainforest and provides a new outlook to the south. It will be interesting to monitor the changes…

Places to Stay

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Bathurst Heights B&B

Accommodation

We offer spacious luxury accommodation with log fires, truly spectacular views, Japanese garden, and space for conferences, corporate get-togethers…

Cougal Park B&B - Border Ranges

Accommodation

Cougal Park Bed & Breakfast on The Lions Tourist Road, in the Border Ranges – part of The Rainforest Way , 36 km north of Kyogle and 6 km south of the Queensland – New South Wales Border. Ideal for your visit to the World heritage Listed Border Ranges national Park…

Haddon Rig

Accommodation

Haddon Rig, in Central Western New South Wales, is one of Australia`s well known properties. First settled by Charles William Wentworth (the first white man to cross the Blue Mountains in 1813). In 1882 the property was sold to James Richmond who established the beginnings of what has become one of the leading medium wool merino studs in the World…

Oskas Cottage

Accommodation

My homestay accommodation consists of a large studioApartment, with private entrance hall, bathroom (with town water supply) and kitchenette. ComfortableSleeping for up to five people. You would be my only guests on the property. Bird watching, Bushwalking. You are only 63km From Rylstone & Kandos, and Dunns Swamp. Or just enjoy the tranquillity of Glen Davis. The scenery is breathtaking.The locals are friendly.

Somerset Apartments

Accommodation

Some of Lord Howe Island`s landbirds breed within the forested grounds of Somerset. Somerset`s twenty five units contain ensuite bathrooms, separate bedroom and living areas, and outside covered verandas with tables and chairs.

Organisations

*New South Wales Bird Atlassers Inc.

Website

Established in 1982 as an independent, volunteer-based, non-profit group, focusing on NSW birds, their habitats and their conservation. The area of coverage is NSW including Lord Howe Island and the Tasman Sea from the NSW coast to 200km offshore, the ACT, and Elizabeth and Middleton Reef Marine National Nature Reserve. Etc etc.

We (the NSWBA) have a new webmaster. He and I are working towards updating and modernising our internet presence, so you may hear from me again with added info or more changes.

BirdLife Australia

Information

Lists the local branches etc…

BirdLife Echuca District

Information

BirdLife Echuca District is a cross-border Branch that aims to serve approximately 120 members who reside in southern New South Wales (including Shire of Murray, Deniliquin, Shire of Conargo, Barham and surrounding areas) or northern Victoria, (including Campaspe Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Gunnawarra Shire, Loddon Shire and surrounding areas…

BirdLife Mildura

Information

Birdlife Mildura is situated in the northwest corner of Victoria. We are fortunate to have a range of habitats to explore from riverine red gum and black box forests with billabongs to shallow, saline drainage lakes and vast areas of mallee including the Murray-Sunset National Park.

BirdLife Northern NSW

Information

BirdLife Northern NSW was formed in 1986 (previously Birds Australia Northern NSW) with its membership drawn from north-eastern New South Wales from the Queensland border south along the coast to Port Macquarie and inland to about Broken Hill. - northernnsw@birdlife.org.au - Peter Higgins, Convenor, PO Box 99, Sawtell NSW 2452 - (02) 6658 5289

BirdLife Ovens and Murray

Information

BirdLife Ovens and Murray is a branch providing local activities for BirdLife members in the Ovens and Murray region of south-eastern NSW and north-eastern Victoria…

BirdLife Shoalhaven

Webpage

BirdLife Shoalhaven encompasses the shire of Shoalhaven City stretching from south of Gerringong to north of Bateman's Bay on the south coast of NSW, and west to the Southern Highlands. We include the main towns of Nowra, Berry and Ulladulla and many national parks including Jervis Bay, Booderee, Morton and the Budawangs. Members can enjoy a field trip each month and in the future we hope to provide information nights with guest speakers three or four times per year.

BirdLife Southern Highlands

Information

The Southern Highlands provide sites for field trips in forested areas, some wetlands, riverine habitats, heathlands and a several National Parks and designated Nature Reserves…

BirdLife Southern NSW

Webpage

BirdLife Southern NSW covers NSW and the ACT south of a rough line from Port Macquarie on the east coast to Tamworth, down to Dubbo, through Nyngan, Cobar and Wilcannia before ending at Broken Hill on the western border, excluding those centres in the post code range of 2570 to 2580 which fall within the catchment area of BirdLife Southern Highlands. (Birdlife members who live along the Murray Valley have the option of being part of either BirdLife Southern NSW or their local group). This large region contains diverse ecological habitats, from temperate rainforests on the east coast and Dividing Range, through drier eucalypt woodlands to the semi-arid rangelands in the west.

Blue Mountains Bird Observers

Website

Blue Mountains Bird Observers is a community group open to all who are interested in the bird life of the Blue Mountains, NSW. We have more than a hundred members, including some expert bird watchers and bird photographers from whom we all learn. New members are always welcome…

Canberra Ornithologists Group

Website

Canberra and the surrounding region has the richest bird life of any Australian capital city - over two hundred species have been recorded here. From our largest bird, the Emu, to the smallest, the Weebill, the birds of Canberra present an ever-changing kaleidoscope of sizes, shapes, colours and sounds.

Cumberland Bird Observers Club

Facebook Page

Birdwatching in Sydney with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club…

Hunter Bird Observers Club

Website

The Hunter Bird Observers Club, which was formed in 1976, is centred on the City of Newcastle, NSW, and focusses on the birds of the Hunter River Valley. This area is critical to shorebirds, the Swift Parrot and the Regent Honeyeater in NSW and contains other bird-watching sites of world significance, including Kooragang Nature Reserve (a registered RAMSAR site) and the Hunter Wetlands Centre. The HBOC is an active club and has published several Birding Route brochures (see website), an annual bird report and an occasional periodical which publishes peer-reviewed articles on observations and surveys in the Hunter Region.

An official list of the birds of the Hunter Region may be downloaded from the HBOC website.

Illawarra Birders Inc

Website

Illawarra Birders aim is to inspire the enjoyment, education, research and conservation of birds. Our mission is to build and encourage cooperation and partnerships between birding clubs and all levels of Government to ensure the conservation of bird species and their habitat.

Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority

Website

The Murrumbidgee CMA was established in mid 2004 to ensure local people could have their say in natural resource management…

NSW Field Ornithologists Club

Website

All sorts of useful info…

Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association

Website

SOSSA was founded by members of the New South Wales Albatross Study Group (NSWASG) in 1994. It was set up to be an umbrella organisation for many study groups concerned with studies of Southern Ocean bio-diversity. SOSSA is a wildlife research and conservation group which consists of dedicated people both professional and amateur. These people share a common interest and concern for the environment and the wildlife of the Southern Oceans…

Festivals

Birds of the Bush

Festival

An initiative of the Rankins Springs and District Progress Association - Rankins Springs and the surrounding district is home to an abundance of native fauna. Among the many beautiful native bird species that live in the area are the spectacular Glossy Black Cockatoo and the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo. Other threatened bird species found in the district include the Malleefowl, Gilbert's Whistler, Chestnut Quail Thrush, Shy Hylacola and the Painted Honeyeater…

Museums

Australia Museum Online

Website

Ornithology Section: The Australian Museum has had a long history of research in ornithology (study of birds). Its collections are a valuable resource for scientific research, are part of our natural heritage and contribute to the knowledge and information available to the whole community.

Charles Sturt University - Ornithology Courses

Graduate Diploma of Ornithology

CSU's Graduate Diploma of Ornithology caters for professional and amateur ornithologists who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge whilst attaining a recognised tertiary qualification.

The Fenner School of Environment and Society

http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au

The Fenner School is unique in Australia. There are very few places in the world where economists and hydrologists, historians and ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists work together towards common objectives…

Reserves

Borah Reserve

Information PDF

Satellite View

In NSW Australia, the regent honeyeater is listed as endangered and the Turquoise Parrot as vulnerable in the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The Turquoise Parrot is often seen here feeding on the ground and the old eucalyptus trees with their hollows can provide them with nesting sites. When the eucalyptus trees are flowering is a good time to look amongst the blossom, for the Regent Honeyeater, other honeyeaters and small birds. Borah creek provides good watering spot for birds and Australian wildlife from the adjoining eucalyptus woodland and forest areas, sit quietly by the creek to observe finches, honeyeaters and Australian wildlife watering at the creek…

Bundjalung National Park

Information

Satellite View

Ten Mile Beach forms part of Bundjalung's 38 km of protected coastline. The Esk River, the largest untouched coastal river system on the north coast, runs through the southern half of the park. Other features include the Jerusalem Creek Peninsula, freshwater lagoons, mangrove mudflats and rare rainforests at Woody Head…

Burrinjuck Waters State Park

Information

Satellite View

For a release from the stresses of modern life, Burrinjuck Waters State Park offers relaxation among stunning scenery overlooking the giant Lake Burrinjuck, surrounded by bushland that has changed little since European settlement. The park is home to many native animals, which you can see up-close, and a paradise for birdwatchers…

Cocoparra National Park

Information

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Eight species of birds listed as threatened in schedule 2 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. have been identified within the area; these include the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Gilbert's Whistler, Painted Honeyeater, Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, Shy Heathwren, Superb Parrot and Swift Parrot. (the last two not sighted for some time).

Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust

Information

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Fivebough Swamp’s management for the conservation of waterbirds commenced on September 1, 1997. This was undertaken initially by a management sub group of the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists, until December 1998. The sub group having a membership of community and government agency people. In 1999 a management group was appointed by the NSW government, which in 2000 became the Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust…

Gibraltar Range National Park

Information

Satellite View

Deep valleys and giant granite boulders protect rainforest of World Heritage importance. Scenic creeks and cascades, swamps, heaths and woodlands can be explored on more than 100 kilometres of walking trails…

Kooragang Nature Reserve

Information

Satellite View

Management Plan

Lord Howe Island

Website

Satellite View

Lord Howe Island is a birdwatchers paradise. There are more [seabird] species breeding in greater numbers than anywhere else in Australia: fourteen different species in colonies of tens of thousands.

Mutawintji (Mootwingee) National Park

Information

Satellite View

The Mutawintji area supports a wide range of native animals representative of arid environments. Eleven native mammal species, five species of frog, 138 bird species, 38 reptiles and 347 species of insects have been recorded in the area. Rare and endangered fauna include: the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus); Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos; and Pink Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri

New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

Website

The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service has developed the following Threatened Species Profiles as a general overview of many species listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995. There are currently over 700 plants and animal species listed as threatened under the TSC Act.

Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary

Website

Satellite View

Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary is a nocturnal sanctuary open from 4pm until late for visitors to see free roaming animals and other wildlife in a mini natural ecosystem…

Washpool National Park

Information

Satellite View

The landscape of steep gorges, clear waters and expansive World Heritage rainforest protects some of the most diverse and least disturbed forest in NSW, including the world's largest stand of coachwood trees. The scope for wilderness walking is excellent…

Willie Retreat & Macquarie Marshes

Website

Satellite View

The Northern Marshes provide a scenic landscape of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulenis).The Macquarie Marshes are a well known habitat of many waterbirds. Over 60 species have been sighted here with a reported 42 of the species using the ideal conditions for a breeding place. Ibis, Egrets, Cormorants, Spoonbills and Herons are but a few of the breeding species found at the Macquarie Marshes.

Yuraygir National Park

Information

Satellite View

60 kilometres of striking cliffs, rocky headlands, isolated beaches and quiet lake systems, set against a backdrop of forests, heaths, estuaries and wetlands, make Yuraygir the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW…

Other Links

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Website

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provides a haven for many birds. The diversity of native plant species and the range of habitats provide food and shelter for a greater variety and larger numbers of birds than might otherwise be expected in Canberra…

Birding in the Greater Blue Mountains

Website

This site is recently hatched and still has a lot of growing to do. I hope to develop it into something useful for both visitors and locals, with information and musings on all things to do with wild birds and watching them in and around the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney…

Birds of NSW Wetlands

Website

Many bird species rely on wetlands in NSW for all or part of their life cycle. Waterbirds can use a range of different wetland habitats including swamps, lagoons, mudflats, estuaries, embayments and open beaches, freshwater and salt lakes, rivers, floodplain wetlands and dams...

Sydney Pelagic Birding

Website

The Wollongong and Sydney trips are now world famous, although there are pelagics operating from other ports around Australia…

Tweed Osprey Breeding Observations 1998 season

Website

Vigilance on the part of the 17 volunteer observers has brought a handsome reward this year. On Saturday the 14th of November they met for a field trip with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Bob Moffat and group leader Andy Reimanis. Each team or individual observer submitted their observation report sheets for compilation, and the results have now been released…

Photographers & Artists

Gallery - Canberra Birds Group Photo gallery

Gallery

Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) Photo Gallery of Australian birds…

Photographer - Akos Lumnitzer

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I love nothing more than to be outdoors, exploring nature and its glorious creatures on offer; I am especially fond of the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains regions near my home. I am self-taught and through this site and future workshops will be offering to share my knowledge and skills via interactive workshops or one-on-one instruction in the craft of nature photography…

Sound Recordist - David Stewart - Nature Sound

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Excellent CDs with no voice over and the most extensive indexes in the business!