South Coast NSW, August 2013

In August we went down the coast again, to just get away from work and relax a bit. Unfortunately the weather was atrocious for most of the time we were away!

We stayed at the magnificent Narrawallee Creek Studios which I can thoroughly recommend to everyone. The place is in the middle of Narrawallee Creek National Park, and the birding in the grounds was pretty good. Brown Cuckoo-dove, Wonga Pigeon, Golden Whistler, Bassian Thrush, Gang-gang Cockatoo and the usual thornbills, robins, fantails, honeyeaters that you’d expect on the South Coast of NSW were all over the place. We’ll be back for sure.

In terms of birds, obviously the proximity of the accommodation to Lake Conjola was an attraction. Particularly as at that time of year, the Double-banded Plovers (below) were starting to colour up before heading back to NZ for summer.

Double-banded Plover, Lake Conjola

Double-banded Plover, Lake Conjola

There was nothing else unusual (not that DB Plover is unusual at Lake Conjola at that time of year) at Lake Conjola, and the persistent rain and wind made birding difficult. We did have one nice day, so we went for a drive down to Bermagui, which is always nice, and at Wallaga Lake there were some cooperative Pied Oystercatchers.

Anyway – with all the rain and wind there wasn’t much else to be done except read books and sit by a fireplace! So we did.