Birds along Palm Jungle track in Royal National Park

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After weeks of rainy weather the sun has finally come out in Sydney and to celebrate I headed out to Royal National Park to hike along the coastline and to do a bit of birdwatching along the way.

I took a train to Otford and the birdwatching started before I even got to the park. A flock of Crimson rosellas was noisily feeding on the fire trail next to the train station.

The same fire trail also turned up Eastern yellow robins and New Holland honeyeaters.

Crimson rosella

The first part of the Palm Jungle loop track took me through some wet eucalypt forest where the understory was alive with Fairy wrens, Eastern spinebills, Eastern whipbirds, Brown thornbills and Eastern yellow robins.

New Holland honeyeater
Eastern Yellow robin

On approach to the actual palm jungle a Rockwarbler jumped erratically across the path. This species is not much to look at, but being the only bird species endemic to NSW it is always a good find.

Rockwarbler

In the past I have seen Superb Lyrebirds in Palm Jungle and I was keen to try to find them again.  However, this part of the trail is quite steep and narrow and it forces you to keep your eyes on the ground, rather than on the surrounding forest. Thankfully you can still listen out for the scraping sounds in the bush. But as hard as I tried, all I got was a Green catbird that swiftly flew across the path and disappeared in the dense undergrowth.

Eastern spinebill

Once the trail climbed up to the headland, the birdlife picked up again with a few Little Wattlebirds, New Holland honeyeaters, brown thornbills and eastern spinebills.

Little wattlebird

For the last 5 kilometres the track followed a fire trail through eucalypt forest again and turned up a few Yellow-faced honeyeaters, a couple of Laughing kookaburras and Australian ravens.

Follow this link to the detailed review of the Palm Jungle walking trail itself.

 

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Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt is a wildlife ecologist by training but more of a naturalist by inclination. She has graduated with Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is currently based in Australia. Margarita has been photographing wildlife for a number of years, throughout her work and travels in Thailand, India, Africa, and Russia, as well as Australia. What drives Margarita is the excitement of a new destination and new species to be found and photographed there.

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt is a wildlife ecologist by training but more of a naturalist by inclination. She has graduated with Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is currently based in Australia. Margarita has been photographing wildlife for a number of years, throughout her work and travels in Thailand, India, Africa, and Russia, as well as Australia. What drives Margarita is the excitement of a new destination and new species to be found and photographed there.

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