If you are an avid birdwatcher Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is home to over 160 different types of birds all of which have been sighted in this area. Some of which include; Azure Kingfisher, Crimson Rosella, A handbook on birds, and birdlists are available at the Lodge before setting out on your birdsearch.
The coastal rivers of NSW, including the Upper Clarence, may provide valuable drought and summer refuges for birds bred in the Murray-Darling region. The river habitats of the Upper Clarence support important communities of water birds such as the Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), the Black Swan (Cygnus ataratus), the Grey Teal (A. gibberifrons) and the Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata).
“Rare species at Paddy’s Flat would include Plum-headed Finch, Grey Goshawk, Black-breasted Quail, Spotted Quail-thrush and Crested Hawk.” (Bird Observers Club, 1975.).
The bird life is best seen from the river in a canoe. Many birds are attracted to the river to feed and drink and also to the flowering shrubs that grow on the river's edge. Birds that are likely to be seen are Kingfisher, Black Cormorant, Grey Teal, Wood Duck, Honeyeaters, and Swamp hen. For a person with patience and the interest approximately 160 types of birds have been sighted in the area. A handbook on birds is available at the house to identify the different types of birds.