A highlight – and a low light

2007 New South Wales trip report #29

Royal National Park, south of Sydney

Royal National Park, south of Sydney

After our morning tea sojourn in the Royal National Park south of Sydney we went for an hour walk along Lady Carrington Drive. This dirt track follows the Hacking River at about ten metres above the water level. We have fond memories of this walking trail from our last visit seven years ago. We were just wandering along the track and were being followed by a Superb Lyrebird. The experience was wonderful. Alas, today there was no Lyrebird. I understand that this spot is one of the more reliable places to see this beautiful species so close to the CBD (about an hour’s drive). That was the low light of the day.

Rock Warbler, Royal National Park, Sydney

Rock Warbler, Royal National Park, Sydney

A little further on I was delighted to see a Rock Warbler. I had only ever seen this bird once before – in almost the same position, certainly within a few metres. This was one species I hoped to pick up while in the park.

It is not a great photo. I was shooting towards the sun, in low light because of the shadows, too far for the flash and the bird kept moving. I’m amazed I got a photo at all!

 

6 Responses to “A highlight – and a low light”

  1. John Tongue says:

    Hi Trevor,
    It’s still a better shot than the one I have of the only Rock Warbler I’ve ever seen. For a native-born NSWelshman, I’m ashamed to say I was 45 before I got to see NSW’s only Endemic Species! Still I spent most of my life outside their range. Now live in Tas. and have seen all of our 12 endemics.

  2. Trevor says:

    You are 12 up on me John. I haven’t even been to Tassie yet – let alone seen all the endemics down there. Must rectify that situation soon.

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