Bird Bonanza

My sea and tree change to the Central Coast has allowed me to reconnect with nature and the bird life is amazing. Today has been a Bird Bonanza. First thing this morning I spotted a pair of King Parrots feeding in a tree by my front window. When I went into the front yard I was surprised to see a flock of Galahs and Cockatoos feeding on seeds under a tree and across the lawn. I then noticed movement in the trees above and spotted a dozen Rainbow Lorikeets. It was a fabulous way to start the day.

In the backyard I saw a Kookaburra sitting on the fence and Magpies searching the lawn for food. Later in the day I was walking by Brisbane Waters near Kincumber and was excited to see so many more species. It had started raining, but that didn’t bother the birds. I saw a huge flock of Black Swans feeding and sheltering in the shallow water. There were Pelicans soaring above and a White-faced Heron looking for food among the mangroves. There were also several families of Chestnut Teals swimming in the inlets.

As I kept walking I saw movement in the shrubs along the path. I stopped for a closer look and spotted a few Superb Fairy-wrens. On the other side of the path I saw several Red-browed Finch feeding on seeds in the long grass.

Red-browed Finch Cover image © JJ Harrison

The Central Coast

Nestled along the stunning coastline of New South Wales, Australia, the Central Coast is a haven for nature enthusiasts and bird lovers alike. The Central Coast is characterized by its diverse landscapes, each providing a unique habitat for birds. Along the coastline, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs are frequented by seabirds such as silver gulls, crested terns, and majestic pelicans gliding gracefully over the waves. In the estuaries and wetlands, species like the pied oystercatcher and the eastern curlew can be spotted foraging for food in the shallow waters.

Venturing inland, the landscape transitions into lush forests and sprawling national parks, offering refuge to a myriad of woodland birds. Here, among the towering eucalyptus trees, one can encounter iconic species like the kookaburra, crimson rosella, and rainbow lorikeet filling the air with their melodic calls and vibrant plumage.

Notable Birding Hotspots

  1. Bouddi National Park: This coastal gem is home to a diverse range of bird species. Wander along the scenic coastal tracks and keep an eye out for eastern whipbirds darting through the undergrowth or eastern yellow robins perched on low branches.
  2. Tuggerah Lake: The second-largest coastal saltwater lake in New South Wales, Tuggerah Lake is a haven for waterbirds. Watch flocks of black swans gliding gracefully across the water or spot the distinctive silhouette of a white-bellied sea eagle soaring overhead.
  3. The Entrance: Situated at the confluence of Tuggerah Lake and the Pacific Ocean, The Entrance is a prime location for birdwatching. Stroll along the waterfront and observe wading birds such as egrets and herons fishing in the shallows or glimpse the elusive azure kingfisher darting amongst the mangroves.

Conservation Efforts

While the Central Coast has a huge variety of birdlife, it is not without its conservation challenges. Habitat loss, pollution, and climate change threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems upon which these birds depend. Conservation efforts, such as habitat restoration projects and community education initiatives, play a crucial role in protecting the region’s species for future generations to enjoy.

By supporting these efforts and practicing responsible birdwatching, visitors can help ensure that future generations can continue to marvel at the natural beauty of the Central Coast’s feathered inhabitants.

Whether you’re exploring coastal wetlands, wandering through the local park, hiking in the hinterland, or simply enjoying the serenade of birdsong in your backyard, there’s always something new to discover.

So grab your binoculars, lace up your hiking boots, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of birds on the Central Coast. With its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, it’s a destination that will leave you awe-inspired and longing to return time and time again.

I am glad I now call this area my Backyard!

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