Sunday, 30 November 2014

North Sydney birding - Tuesday

The following day, last Tuesday, I stayed a bit closer to Narrabeen and went into the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Australia's second oldest national park after Royal NP just to the south of Sydney. It is named after one of the area's aboriginal tribes, variously spelt [sounds like] Gurringai, adapted in 1894 for the name of the national park.

I walked several of the tracks but didn't see much birdlife. A family of the local race of magpies, the Black-backed Magpie, was busily teaching all the kids about bush tucker.
"Black-backed Magpie" Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen
"Scrummy. A beetle"
For a comparison here is an image of the Victorian race showing the white back. This one, a female or youngster, was seen in Lakes Entrance.
Victoria's "White-backed Magpie" race leuconata
Back at Narrabeen, I walked the beach again. Four Sooty Oystercatchers and an accompanying Pied Oystercatcher flew in to the shallows where the Lagoon was emptying out to the sea at low tide.

Surf 0: Surfer 1

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