Birding at The Royal National Park, Australia

Birding at the Royal National Park, Australia

When:  October 2016               Weather: Cool, 15-20C

Leica M240  35 summilux, 15mm Voigt    Nikon P900

 

From the barren lava fields of Iceland a few weeks ago to the lush unique forest of the Royal National Park(RNP) in New South Wales, just 45km from Sydney. The second oldest national park in the world, it has both inland and coastal parts making for an interesting day out…

So we headed out on the M1/A1 to the RNP entering it by Farnell Avenue and arriving at the very nice visitor centre at Audley for a pit stop to pick up stuff for a picnic.  Just outside the visitor centre were a few sightings already…

 

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Sulphur crested cockatoo at the visitor centre

 

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another view of cockatoo

 

 

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with their brood of chicks…

 

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Pacific Black Ducks

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Chestnut Teal

 

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this active fellow then appeared and started harrassing the crows!

 

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The ubiquitous honeyeater is easily seen

 

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Crow

 

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a parade of purple swamphens

 

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dusky moorhen

 

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A Coot

 

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the Currawong

 

We then headed down the road towards Nola Creek to take a ramble along the Forest Track, a 4.5km long walk.

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the forest track trail

 

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ferns

 

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A blurred record shot of a lively Rufous fantail

 

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A pair of noisy Kookaburras perched nearby

 

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and then a flash of crimson and blue flashed across the trail….

 

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The Crimson Rosella

 

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and just before we left the track, we saw this huge bird perched in the distance…

 

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A superb view of the TopKnot Pigeon!

 

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At Otford, there is a viewpoint with endless coastal views stretching to the horizon

 

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After the viewpoint it’s a easy drive back to Sydney….all in, this was a good way to spend a day at a less well known location near Sydney.  Recommended

 

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