Royal National Park - Wattamolla

Royal National Park - Wattamolla

What does another public holiday mean for us birders? A birding day trip, of course! A group of us went to the Royal National Park to visit Wattamolla.

We first went through the Providential Point track (~2km) which provided blue and sunny views of the South Pacific Ocean. After this, we continued down to Curracurrang Cove which rewarded us with a small waterfall and pool where we rested and dipped our toes in on a surprisingly humid autumn day.

For lunch we ventured out to a cafe in Audley and after some time basking in the sun, a bunch of us decided to take on the water at Hacking River. We rented a paddle boat and a kayak from the Audley Boatshed and away we went. A lot of the water birds listed below were freely waddling in the water as we passed them in our vessels.

Species spotted (our group's first sightings in bold):

  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Little Wattlebird
  • White-Browed Scrubwren
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Brown Quail (partial sighting)
  • Little Black Cormorant
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Pied Currawong
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  • Grey Teal
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Kookaburra
  • Australian Raven
  • Swamphen
  • Australian Wood Duck
  • Welcome Swallow

Today's "Myna of the day" (the most spotted species during the outing) is the New Holland Honeyeater! However, none of us were complaining as these honeyeaters were not shy or too afraid of company!