Look At Me Now Headland

the mountain climber

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This older kangaroo was not averse to feeding on the slope of grass that ended in a drop onto the rocks below at Look At Me Now Headland, Emerald Beach, on the NSW north coast. He seems quite pleased that the younger kangaroos decided not to venture down.

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a bird watchers paradise

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There are a good number of national parks and nature reserves on the east coast of Australia and these are often found adjacent to coastal villages. One I am particularly fond of is the Moonee Beach Nature Reserve just north of Coffs Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales. At the north end of the reserve is a headland called Look At Me Now and this encapsulates much of what is beautiful in the area. Ringed with ocean views complete with islands and lighthouses off shore, and perfect waves where surfers are accompanied by dolphin pods and passing whales, the headland is a haven for kangaroos, reptiles and birds. One group of birds that is thriving are the fairy-wrens and this male is a Variegated Fairy-Wren. They are tiny at just 15 cm head to tail tip and come in two basic forms depending on what side of the Divide they are living (thats the Great Dividing Range to those unfamiliar with the abbreviation). As this location is on the east of the Divide he belongs to the lamberti. They are very common but tend to hide amoung branches and grasses so can be hard to see. They do however make a lovely trilling warble which is just as rewarding. These are just one of the many birds that can be spotted on the headland and surrounding beaches making it a bird watchers paradise.

pipit

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Pipits are small ground birds that move very quickly. They are very common in Australia and there are quite a few varieties that are difficult to identify as many change colouring depending on location. Pipits like grasslands, paddocks or like this one a coastal headland to call home.

a diligent wattlebird

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The juvenile Eastern Koel I have been tracking for Birdlife Australia (a public survey to learn more about the Koel’s habits) seems healthy and happy, growing steadily under the dutiful care of its ‘adopted’ mother the Little Wattlebird. Like most cuckoos the Eastern Koel lays its egg in another birds nest and on hatching the juvenile Koel pushes any other eggs/fledglings out and becomes the sole recipient of food. Much needed given it grows much bigger than its new parent.

brown cuckoo-dove swallowing a berry

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Love this capture of the Brown Cuckoo-Dove as it is about to swallow the fruit of the wild tobacco tree – whole berry down that slim throat with one gulp.

regent bowerbird

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I was delighted to spot this male Regent Bowerbird feeding on the wild tobacco tree. The females are a tan/cream but the males the vibrant gold and black. It is 24-28 cm and though often silent is may make a low chattering or soft warbling sound.