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Visiting and resident birds at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. Far North Coast of New South Wales.

One of the most aerial and acrobatic of small birds chasing insects in the canopy and undergrowth. 

A rare sighting of  a hunting Square-tailed Kite floating effortlessly over flowering Ironbarks for parrots. These birds are considered rare and scattered across their entire range.


Plain green lorikeet with yellow margins to plumage of neck and breast giving a scaly appearance. Found feeding on Red Ironbark nectar and only seen here when the eucalypts are flowering.


Found in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Observed feeding on the fruit or (drupe) of the Jackwood trees (Cryptocarya glaucescens) which fruit around June each year. These large 45cm birds fly far and fast in search of rainforest fruits. 

A small flock of locally nomadic Fuscous Honeyeaters on the Conservation Area. Widespread along the East Coast.

There are five races of pardalote which cover almost the entire continent. They build a nest in suitable ground and forage for small insects in foliage.

Large and slender pigeon-like dove which can be found in the highlands as well as lowland rain forests and margins. A reasonably common and beautiful bird.

A flock of forty Cattle Egrets in orange-buff breeding plumage, some with red iris and beak at the dam. The Cattle Egret only appeared in Australia about 1950 but have spread across Australia.

Widespread and reasonably common large bird found feeding in the dam.

Image of an Adult male bird with distinctive red eye ring feeding in the Conservation Area. Nomadic, locally migratory and moderately common.
Image courtesy of visiting Wildlife Photographer Tony Belton.

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By Jeff Keyes