Because of the different habitats around The Entrance, there is an abundance of birdlife to be found.
Head down to Tuggerah Lake, around Picnic Point to see some of the fascinating waterbirds and waders. You may spot the;
Cormorant (Little black and Pied)
Pacific Black Duck
The beaches and rock platforms are great locations for viewing the;
Oyster Catcher (Sooty and Pied)
Remember that some of these birds are migratory, travelling thousands of kilometres to feast on the rich aquatic life of the lake and ocean in spring and summer.
The parks and bushland around The Entrance offer hours of enjoyment for the patient birdwatcher. Look out for the:
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Grey Butcher Bird
Superb Blue Wren
Wattlebird (red and little)
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
and lots of other little brown birds!
Some of these birds are also migratory. The Koel, Channel Bill Cuckoo and Oriole arrive from Asia in Spring to mate and lay their eggs (in other bird’s nests!) before returning north at the end of summer.
Look to the sky for some of the local birds of prey. You may be lucky enough to spot the:
White-breasted Sea Eagle (sometimes with a fish in its talons!)
In the moister rainforest pockets of Wyrrabalong National Park, you can occasionally see or hear the:
Brown Cuckoo Dove
Elusive night time birds to listen out for include the:
There are many more birds to be found around The Entrance – this is just a list to get you started. It is a good idea to get yourself a pair of binoculars and a handy Bird book like ‘The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds’. The best times of day for birdwatching are dawn and dusk, although many of these birds can be seen throughout the day.