Capertee Valley Weekend
Day 1 Saturday 11 November 2017
Regent Honeyeater by Jennie Wiles
Early on a beautiful morning we stopped short of our first port of call at McGrath's Hill where an Australian Reed Warbler was in full song, in plain view, also two Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilt and other assorted waterfowl. Nice start. Wending our way up the Kurrajong Road to Mt Tomah an essential coffee was partaken before female Satin Bowerbird, Lewin's Honeyeater in flight and Eastern Whipbird were seen well together with the magnificent spring flowering gardens.
Past Lithgow to Capertee township with a mystery raptor up high, Yellow-rumped Thornbills down low and a lot of small birds heard but not seen because there were bigger fish to fry down in the valley. At Pine Grove Road a flock of 50 White-browed Woodswallows chirped and wheeled making good photographic subjects. Rufous Songlark sat well and called its metallic song and above White-plumed and White-naped Honeyeaters foraged for learpes. There was a Wedge-tailed Eagle circling.
Coco Creek was great as usual with a Diamond Firetail keeping us alert followed by Double-barred Finches and the ever-present during this trip, White-throated Treecreeper.
A well deserved lunch at Glen Alice with easily seen and photographed Diamond Firetails on the menu. A Restless Flycatcher dallied as we headed off to the main event at Capertee NP.
There was a long lie-down on a bed of casaurina needles watching the target species Regent Honeyeaters. We were lucky enough to get the scoop from a Victorian on a nesting site making the expience long and leisurely. Yellow tail sat like a flag from the nest and golden wings wowed us in flight. What a treat!
Along the roadside a couple of Grey-crowned Babblers drew us to a halt. What fun they seem to have, always busy.
The pub at Kandos was classic Australiana, with a pineapple ring on beetroot topped with a wedge of processed of cheese in the centre, ooh la la! not since the sixties have I seen such a garnish.
Day 2 Sunday 12 November
Masked Woodswallow by Jennie Wiles
Another early start with a quick dash to the museum to see the only mural commeration of an Aboriginal massarce of the Dabee clan that I am aware of; good on you Kandos. Up on the golf course Scarlet Honeyeaters called, and called with never a sighting. Eastern Grey Kangaroos in perfect morning light languished and a gorgeous female Red-capped Robin lured us on, finally spotted high in the pine tree, near the car...
Single Straw-necked Ibis seemed to be on a few of the picturesque slopes, Crimson Rosella, livid with colour divided our attention and Easten Rosellas darted out from trees throughout our drives. Little Corella abounded, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo was heard calling along with Channel-billed Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Easten Koel was heard but luckily not seen... apparently it was not popular with the current clients.
Dusky Woodswallow and a Masked, photographed by Jennie, dotted the White-browed flocks and Buff-rumped Thornbills at Bogee Reserve proved difficult to pin down but pinned they were by patient persistence.
At Glengowan bridge another great sighting of Restless Flycatchers and a male Mistletoebird above the sign that said it coud be seen here.
Glen Davis did not produce the half-heartedly expected Turquoise Parrot but instead soaring Nankeen Kestrel and White-throated Gerygone. Lunch by Capertee River was green, watery and refreshing.
We stopped just before Crown Station Road for White-browed Babblers and then down the road for a family of Hooded Robins. The juveniles delighting us.
Fabulous weekend complemented and made possible by three great ladies; Jennie Wiles, Kay Vernon and Erna Llenore.
by Janene Luff guiding for FTB