Birdwatching around The Entrance

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;

Australian Pelican

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black Swan

Black-winged Stilt

Cattle Egret

Chestnut Teal

Cormorant (Little black and Pied)

Darter

Ibis

Masked Lapwing

Pacific Black Duck

Spoonbill

Tern

White-faced Heron

The beaches and rock platforms are great locations for viewing the;

Gannet

Masked Lapwing

Oyster Catcher (Sooty and Pied)

Plovers

Silver Gull

Shearwater 

Tern

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:

Australian Raven,

Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

Channel-bill Cuckoo

Common Bronzewing

Common Koel

Common Starling

Crested Pigeon

Crimson Rosella

Domestic Pigeon

Dusky Moorhen

Eastern Rosella

Figbird

Galah

Grey Butcher Bird

Honeyeaters

Indian Myna

King Parrot

Kookaburra,

Little Corella

Magpie Lark

Magpie

Noisy Miner

Olive-backed Oriole

Pied Currawong 

Rainbow Lorikeet

Silvereye

Sparrow

Sulfur-crested Cockatoo

Superb Blue Wren

Swamp Hen

Wattlebird (red and little)

Welcome Swallow

Willie Wagtail

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:

Falcon

Hawk

Kite

Wedge-tailed Eagle

White-breasted Sea Eagle (sometimes with a fish in its talons!)

Nankeen Kestrel

In the moister rainforest pockets of Wyrrabalong National Park, you can occasionally see or hear the:

Bower Bird

Brown Cuckoo Dove

Brush Turkey

Fruit Doves

Wonga Pigeon

Elusive night time birds to listen out for include the:

Barn Owl 

Boobook

Nightjar

Tawny Frogmouth

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.

Spotted Pardalote photo

Spotted Pardalote

Dollar bird photo

Dollar bird

Blue faced honey eater photo

Blue faced honey eater

Photo Black swans on Tuggerah Lake

Black swans on Tuggerah Lake

 

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