Birding around Artarmon, Sydney
2007 New South Wales trip report #22
We left the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and headed off towards Sydney. We had one small incident on the way in; we missed the entry ramp for the M2 motorway so we needed to do a little meandering around a nearby suburb before getting on to the correct road. It just shows a vast lack of knowledge and inexperience in driving in Sydney.
I navigated while my wife drove. I had very little opportunity to look out for birds along the way. I did see one important one and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure which family of birds it belongs to. Going past the Richmond RAAF* base we saw Airforce 1 sitting on the tarmac. USA President George W. Bush was in town for the controversial APEC Conference. I guess there are those who think that bird should be extinct. I will refrain from making terrible puns about a bird in the bush.
We arrived safely at the home of our son and daughter-in-law without further incident, albeit about half an hour later than anticipated.
The following afternoon my wife and I decided to take a ten minute walk to the Chatswood shopping centre. We enjoyed looking at the beautiful plants and flowers in peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s front gardens.
Along the way I watched out for birds. The bird life around here is not all that prolific. There are plenty of Rainbow Lorikeets everywhere; they are very noisy at dawn in the nearby trees. Pied Currawongs are also plentiful and very bold, being used to people all around. Several times weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard Laughing Kookaburras and seen Noisy Miners.
It seems strange to have Australian Ravens and Galahs in the heart of such a large metropolis but there are here. I usually associate these birds with the farming areas in the country. My son said that the Galahs are not all that common around this part of the city.
*Royal Australian Air Force