Birds of a feather head to Urunga
ON A perfect morning at Urunga yesterday there was a fine roll up of both people and birdlife for the WetlandCare Australia Breakfast with the Birds.
Soon after 7am about 30 people arrived, many armed with binoculars, to watch the early morning activities of birds in the estuary.
The spotting of a beach stone curlew created quite a stir, one half of the area’s only known breeding pair.
Also spotted were terns, oyster catchers, eastern curlews and bar-tailed godwits.
“The timing is all important with bird watching,” said local enthusiast and one-time bird watching tour guide, Richard Jordan.
“With the incoming tide, the shore birds cease feeding and rest in groups – we call it ‘loafing’.”
With a light breeze blowing, Urunga provided welcome relief for Bellingen residents like Peter Saife, for whom the morning was a treat.
“It’s beautiful down here now – one doesn’t have to work all the time and it’s a good way to escape the humidity of Bellingen.”
WetlandCare officer Kiralee Donovan said she was thrilled with the response.
“You can never plan these things but we’ve been rich in birds and birdwatchers this morning,” Ms Donovan said.
“Sighting the beach stone curlew was especially exciting as they are rarely seen here.”
WetlandCare is inviting people to a second early morning event next Thursday, February 10, at Red Rock.
Bookings are essential – please contact Kiralee on 6652 5589.