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.

Lake Cargelligo Caravan Park, NSW

Lake Cargelligo Caravan Park, NSW

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.

Pied Butcherbird, Lake Cargelligo, NSW

Pied Butcherbird, Lake Cargelligo, NSW

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
  • Darter
  • 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 I’ve done there over the years, something I must correct.)

It was a good start to the day.


3 Responses to “Birding at Lake Cargelligo”

  1. Veery says:

    Sounds like an awesome birding place! I hope I can get over to that part of the world some day!

  2. Trevor says:

    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.

  3. […] 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.) […]

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