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Birdwatching

Crimson_rosella_lgIf 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.Kookaburra_lg 

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).
Certain species of birds may have their northern or southern limit of distribution in the far north-eastern NSW region. The Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius), White-browed Scrub-wren (Sericornis frontalis) and Yellow-throated Scrub Wren (Sericornas lathami) are examples of temperate avifauna which have their northern limit of distribution lying between the Clarence River and the NSW/Queensland border. Similarly the following species do not occur further south than this area: Northern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria chrysorrhoa), Black-breasted Quail (Turnix melanogaster).
The river bank communities dominated by Casuarina cunninghamii attract such birds as the Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta).

“Rare species at Paddy’s Flat would include Plum-headed Finch, Grey Goshawk, Black-breasted Quail, Spotted Quail-thrush and Crested Hawk.” (Birdwatching_the_birds_sm Observers Club, 1975.).
The Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) and Crested Hawk (Aviceda subcristata) are found in forests and scrubland, whereas the Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum) occurs on the stony ridges and hillsides. The Black-breasted Quail (Turnix melanogaster) occurs in the dry rainforest, while the fringing vegetation along rivers and creeks provides habitat for the Plum-headed Finch (Aidemosyne modesta).
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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.

 
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