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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Coffs Harbour (22/12/2007 - 24/12/2007)

I took the opportunity of Christmas - NY holiday to travel to North Coast of NSW. Main purpose of this trip is to look for Beach Stone Curlew (or Beach Thick-knee) as well as Lesser Yellowleg, a very rare visitor from North America.
Well we were not disappointed with both species sighted and photographed. Thanks to Ken from Southwest Rocks who showed us the Yellowlog as well as those who gave useful information and direction.
Places visited:-
Southwest Rock - Jerseyville
Main highlights: Lesser Yellowleg (this is one of very few confirmed record of this American bird in Australia)

Main highlights: A lone Beach Stone Curlew foraging at close range in the late afternoon on 23 Dec.

Coffs Harbour
Our accommodation base.

Red Rocks
- Another 3 more Beach Stone Curlews sighted

- Beautiful highland town west of Coffs Harbour.

Sunset at the boardwalk in Urunga. This is a river estuary with extensive mangrove estuary.


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