Feeling a bit twitchy

I am by no means a hardcore twitcher, or birdwatcher, but on a recent visit to the south coast of NSW (Australia) I took the opportunity to try to observe and identify some of the species.

The south coast of NSW is a beautiful part of Australia and contains vast areas of native vegetation within National Parks and State Forests. The patchy landscape of dense forest and cleared agricultural land near the coast provides a wide range of habitats for fauna species and the bird life is highly diverse.

The highlight of my brief twitch was stumbling across a pair of Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) roosting in a Broad-leaved Apple tree (Angophora subvelutina). At first, one of the pair was looking directly at me, but as soon as I lost eye contact it took up the position of pretending to be a branch and was very difficult to see.

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) pair: one front on, the other in cryptic pose

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) pair: both in cryptic pose

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) pair: both in cryptic pose

A second highlight was locating a nest of Rainbow Lorikeets in a very tall Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna). There were at least 8 adult birds congregating around a tree hollow – or what looked like a pair of hollows – around 15m from the ground. The birds would come and go throughout the day but often in this large group.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) nest

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) nest

I’ll finish here with a group of some other birds that I saw. I’m not sure if I have started something here but I am definitely feeling the twitch a little more after this trip. Hopefully I will see some more interesting things on the next trip.

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