Birds of Woodlands- Swallow Rock Reach Walking Track - Ebenezer
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S 33° 32.300 E 150° 53.345
56H E 303995 N 6287035
This sign shows six of the birds that may be seen while on the Swallow Rock Reach Walking Track at Ebenezer in western Sydney.
Waymark Code: WMW8KD
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 07/24/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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The birds are: Eastern Rosella, Welcome Swallow, Magpie, Pied Currawong, Magpie-Lark, and Willie Wagtail.

The sign is a bit hard to read, but reads:
"The birds common in the woodland are large in size and feed on a range of insects, small animals, flowers and fruits. The woodland structure means that the large trees provide habitat for the larger birds and the dense undergrowth (especially the Blackthorn Bursaria spinosa) provides protection for the smaller birds.

"Eastern Rosella
Platycercus eximius
Size 30 cm
Red head & upper breast: white cheeks.
Black back with each feather edged green or yellow giving the back a striped effect.
The belly is yellow and the tail feathers are green with the outer feathers blue.
Voice - high pitched "clink-clink" in flight."

"Welcome Swallow
Hirundo neoxena
Size - 15 cm
Reddish brown throat and forehead.
The tail is forked, blue black above and dull white below.
Voice - a twittering chatter
Habitat - all kinds especially near water."

"Australian Magpie
Gymnorhina tibicen
Size - 35-45 cm
A variable species: usually glossy black and white.
The head is usually black separated from the black back by a white collar.
The shoulder, wing bard and tail are also white with a black terminal band.
Voice - a familiar flute-like caroling."

"Pied Currawong
Strepera graculina [damaged writing]
Size - 40-50 cm
Bill robust with well defined hook.
Black body with a large and prominent white crescent-shaped patch on wing.
Yellow ring around eyes (much less white markings than magpies).
Voice - noisy ringing double-call "curra-wong"."

"Australian Magpie-Lark
Grallina cyanoleuca
Size - 20 cm
Black above and white below with a black throat and narrow white eyebrows.
Usually seen in pairs, very common and tame.
Voice - several harsh rattling notes and a brisk, brittle, whistling song."

"Willie Wagtail
Rhipidura leucophrys
Size - 20 cm
Active fly catchers, characterised by fanning tail.
Eye, bill and legs black. White eyebrows.
Lower cheek stripe spotted white. Head, upperparts and tail glossy black.
Underparts white.
Voice - scolding, "chick-a-chick-a-chick"."

[On the very bottom of the sign can be seen: Special thanks to Cumberland Bird Observers Club]

Visited: 0934, Sunday, 28 February, 2016 - before heading to Bathurst for a 'regular' geocaching Event; as this was found during a CITO Event at Swallow Rock Reach - GC6AVRQ.
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