Get Adobe Flash player

Migratory Birds

Migratory breeding birds found on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

A pair of Sacred Kingfisher are nesting in a gum tree hollow at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area.

Image of a male bird with strong buff tint breast and blue wing coverts.

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.


Visiting northern migrants to the Conservation Area found swooping from branches for flying insects.


This large Channel-billed Cuckoo sighted on the Conservation Area after being raised by crow foster parents and will be preparing to migrate north to New Guinea and Indonesia as winter approaches.

The newly published book “Bush Companion Fauna Species of the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers, New South Wales” is available to purchase direct from the publisher.

This book contains over 310 “full colour plate” fauna species in 250 “perfect bound” pages with both common and scientific names.

Order by email at to reserve your copy.

Price $25 a copy plus postage from Sportsman Creek Press.

Bush Companion Cover

A pair of  these migratory birds arrived today searching for a suitable nesting site. Rainbow Bee-eater require a loamy soil, soft enough for nest tunneling.Arguably one of the most attractive birds in Australia with orange underwings, azure blues and yellow-green body.  Image is of a female with two short thick tail streamers, the male tail streamers are much longer.

Reference;  Morcombe, M . Field Guide to Australian Birds. P, 210.

Feeding in ( Banksia integrifolia) today is the locally migratory and nomadic White-cheeked Honeyeater. They are a common, fast moving species which inhabit the eastern seaboard, with another nominate race in the west.

Reference;  Morcombe, M.   Field Guide to Australian Birds.

“Occupying open forests and woodlands, foraging for fruit in the tree canopy “. This widely distributed species is difficult to spot with green streaked plumage and dusky dark grey wings. A migrant to the South-east.

Reference;  Morcombe, M.  Field Guide to Australian Birds.

“Hunts from exposed perches; dives to ground to take prey; quite conspicuous in breeding season”. A pair nested near the top dam this spring and could be heard clearly with a piercing “kik-kik-kik-kikkikkik”. They were bold enough to pounce on my swatted March Flies.

Reference;  Morcombe, M.   Field Guide to Australian Birds.