Wonga, Bawley Point – mid-week

Tue 08 August 2017 01:00pm

Terry Bell

The last August visit to Bawley Pt. was very successful because the milder, early spring weather featured blossom-laden trees with a profusion of honeyeaters including photo opportunities for Scarlet Honeyeaters right on the doorstep.  Other target species are Bassian Thrush, Hooded Plovers, Black-faced Monarchs and Topknot Pigeons.


Very comfortable and reasonably priced accommodation is available, with limited camping also allowed for the more rugged types. Carpooling from Canberra is an option.


This trip is restricted to 14 persons. Contact Terry Bell for bookings and further details by email (preferred) terrybellbird@gmail.com or mobile 0427292298.


Post event report

Eight participants thoroughly enjoyed this excursion to the South Coast with the very comfortable and inexpensive accommodation.  Due to the vagaries of the seasons the flowering of the gum trees at Wonga had barely commenced this year so we missed out on most of our target species, including Glossy Black-Cockatoos.

Once again we were very fortunate to enjoy the tireless local guiding services of Margaret Hamon who introduced us to several new locations, one of which, a wetland ,provided a real highlight and was situated only minutes away from the main Bawley Point residential area.It was here that many small passerines, a pair of Australian King Parrots and a wide variety of waterfowl were observed and photographed. About 30 Freckled Ducks, according to Margaret, was an unusual sighting for this area and more than 10 Nankeen Night-herons were close at hand.

Perhaps it was too early to find any returning waders from the northern hemisphere on this occasion but one undoubted highlight was several close viewings of Variegated Fairy-wrens, with cuckoos also announcing their presence.

Several of us visited the Eurobodalla Botanical Gardens on our way home to record our very first Crimson Rosellas and one obliging Bassian Thrush to bring our total sightings to a very respectable 80 species.

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