Birding at Lake Cargelligo
2007 New South Wales trip report #10
We had a leisurely breakfast in the morning sun just outside our cabin. The birding started before a single mouthful. Crested Pigeons, Magpie Larks and Australian Magpies inhabited the lawn in front of our accommodation. Galahs flew overhead as did a small flock of Straw-necked Ibis. Later several White Ibis also flew overhead.
While eating breakfast I added Noisy Miners, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Welcome Swallows and House Sparrows to the list. A Striped Honeyeater called nearby, two Major Mitchell Cockatoos flew overhead and two Red-rumped Parrots landed in the tree behind our cabin.
After our meal we packed provisions for a picnic lunch and headed down the main street to visit the tourist information centre. It was closed for another half hour! Plan B immediately kicked in and we drove down to the lakeside to do a half hour of birding.
Here the birding really took off. I was seeing birds so quickly I had to ask my wife to record them in my notebook! Here is a list of the species seen:
- Black Swan
- Pied Butcherbird
- Yellow-billed Spoonbill
- Royal Spoonbill
- Pacific Black Duck
- Grey Teal
- Black-winged Stilt
- Red-capped Plover
- Red-kneed Dotterel
- Masked Lapwing
- Australian Pelican
- Whistling Kite
- Little Egret
- Little Pied Cormorant
- Little Black Cormorant
- Silver Gull
In a very short time I had added twenty species to my trip list. Some of the species I had never seen in the state of NSW before. (This is not all that surprising when one considers how little birding IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done there over the years, something I must correct.)
It was a good start to the day.
Sounds like an awesome birding place! I hope I can get over to that part of the world some day!
It certainly is a great place. It was our first visit, but we are determined to go back one day for a much longer stay.
It is like so many places in Australia – wonderful scenery, wonderful wildflowers, great birding and lovely people. I’m sure you will make it here someday.
[…] Pied Butcherbird: a saw several of these during the afternoon, either sitting in a tree on the side of the road, or flying over the road. (The photo above was taken on a different trip in this area.) […]