Orange/Millthorpe Birding Beauties - NSW
Beautiful Millthorpe just south of Orange is worthy of a weekend away. At the end of spring we have had Black-shouldered Kite hunting in town with lots of Silvereye and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. The Meadow Argus butterflies were fantastic here too.
Double-barred Finch by Nevil Lazarus
Out of town along Pretty Plains Road an Eastern Long-necked Turtle heralds a large dam where you can admire a fine assortment of ducks including Grey Teal, Pink-eared, Shovellers and Hardheads. Black-fronted Dotterels and Yellow Spoonbill also wade in the low-lying ponds.
We will also visit Cashen's Lane for Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Red-rumped Parrots with their glowing turquoise heads and perched Brown Falcon lazily digesting no doubt. A walk up to the ridge with huge granite boulders on the way creating an updraft for Wedge-tailed Eagles held aloft. Drooping Mistletoe is prominent in the stringybarks attracting Mistletoebird. Here also the monotonous piping of a White-throated Treecreeper can be heard often with the slightly mournful "mew" of the Double-barred Finches. Yellow-rumped and Yellow Thornbills inhabit these ridges and Superb Fairy-wrens abound in the Hairy Wattle. At crest of the hill a family of Scarlet Robins are resident, dividing their time between perching on the dead timber and the fence. We'll take a brief sortie down White Rocks Road to catch a couple of Diamond Firetails before heading back to Millthorpe for dinner at the one-hatted Tonic restaurant.
On Sunday morning after breakfast at the General Store Little Eagle is quite possible to see flying overhead and finches sun themselves on rocky outcrops as we revisit the Diamond Firetails, perched atop the Silver Wattles. Dusky Woodswallow often obliged the photographers in this area, sitting on the fencelines.
Black-shouldered Kite by Nevil Lazarus
The Macquarie River, lined with big old River She-oaks flows on our left as we arrive in Bathurst and head to the base of Mount Panorama, avoiding the race track to take in the woodland birds along Hinton Road. Western Gerygone forage among the Silvereyes, Yellow and Yellow-rumped Thornbills that pack the foliage.
Later as we climbed to Yetholme to visit the Bird Block, where higher rainfall and richer soil produced tall forests of Ribbon Gum featuring White-naped Honeyeaters in the canopy with white belly, black cap and red-wattle brow.
On the way home we'll stop at Lake Wallace to pick up Little Egret, Great Crested Grebes, Musk Duck parading its spiky tail, a thousand and one Eurasian Coots, flotillas of Hoary-headed Grebes and Australasian Grebes.
The best weekend money can offer with gorgeous birding, exceptional food - you'll feel like you've been away for a week!
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Contact us for an itinerary, available August 2017.
$875.00 per person twin share/double
$80.00 single supplement
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Follow That Bird aims to provide a high standard of interpretive guiding on each trip to make your birdwatching holiday a special one. With small groups, attention to personal service and lots of good fun, we're sure you will enjoy your time with us.
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