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Birds of New South Wales - #11 – Moree (25 July 2018)

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Birds of New South Wales - #1 - Tweed Coast Region Osprey, Fingal Head, NSW

We are on our annual trip to Queensland were we hope to enjoy the generally predictable winter warmth of the Sunshine Coast.

Yesterday, we travelled from West Wyalong to Moree, and today, we woke to the sound of many different bird-calls. Some I recognised, some I did not. So, I was keen to walk around the neighbourhood of our motel, the Jackaroo Apartments, before breakfast.

Birds of New South Wales - #2 - Urunga / Forster-Tuncurry Australian King-Parrot, Bicentennial Flora Park, Tuncurry, NSW

Whilst I only covered a few blocks either side of our motel, I was surprised at the number of different species I encountered. They comprised – Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Starling, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Feral / Crested Pigeon, Brown Honeyeater, Australian White / Straw-necked Ibis, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Laughing Kookaburra, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.

Birds of New South Wales - #4(c) - Murray River Region (Echuca / Moama) Weebill, Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama, NSW

Later on, we drove into town where I took my camera for a walk along the nearby birdwalk trail both sides of the Mehi River.

Birds of New South Wales - #1 - Tweed Coast Region Australian Pelican

It is a well defined trail which provides access to a variety of habitat that is home to all of the abovementioned species, plus - Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Eurasian Coot, Purple Swamphen, White-plumed Honeyeater, Peaceful Dove and a ‘lifer first’, for me, Yellow-throated Miner. Overhead, a Whistling Kite was under serious attack from a plucky Magpie-lark and several Australian Ravens.

With my wife enjoying the hot spa at the local Artesian Aquatic Centre, I drove out to Moree Common, on the edge of the township’s residential development. There, I got myself lost in a network of rough tracks which, at times, intersect in various directions amidst a wide variety of indigenous vegetation.

Eventually, I got my bearings (via the GPS function on my mobile phone) and found the way back to my parked car in Chinaman’s Lane.

Birds of New South Wales - #1 - Tweed Coast Region Red-backed Fairy-wren, Cabarita Beach, NSW

During this session, I came across – Noisy Miner, Peaceful Dove, Rainbow Lorikeet, Spotted Pardalote, Weebill, Grey Fantail, White-necked Heron, Purple Swamphen, Superb / Variegated Fairy-wren, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Double-barred Finch, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Pale-headed Rosella and another ‘lifer first’, Western Gerygone.

It was a worthwhile visit to a highly recommended birding location on the very edge of Moree.

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