Birding in Nombinnie Nature Reserve

2007 New South Wales Trip report #12

As we were starting to head back towards Lake Cargelligo we saw a narrow track leading off through the Nombinnie Nature Reserve. This reserve is very similar to Round Hill, being on the opposite (western) side of the main road traversing Round Hill Nature Reserve. We drove down this track very slowly for about ten minutes. I thought that it was a waste of time because all I heard was a few Weebills calling near the track. Just as I was about to find a spot to turn around my attention was drawn to a single bird in the bushes near the track.

I stopped, trained the binoculars on the bird thinking it was a Grey Shrike-thrush. Wrong. It turned out to be a Black-eared Cuckoo, the third cuckoo I’d see in about ten minutes. Even better was the fact that I had only seen this species on a handful of occasions, the last time nearly ten years ago.

The bird flew before I could get the camera ready.


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