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Bird watchers from all over the world over flock to Glen Innes to catch glimpses of close to 200 exotic and endangered species in our region.
There are a few viewing points that include barbeques and amenities perfect for a family picnic. Download our bird watching brochure for more information.
An area of mixed woodland (angophora, eucalypt, casuarina and acacia) surrounding a gully displaying the numerous scratchings of hopeful fossickers. There you will find a picnic area and toilets. If the birds prove elusive you can always try digging for sapphires.
Birds seen at this location include: Little and musk lorikeets, king parrot, fan-tailed cuckoo, rufous whistler, buff-rumped and yellowrumped thornbills, varied sitella, brown and whitethroated treecreepers, white-naped, white-plumed, white-eared, yellow-faced, fuscous and regent honeyeaters, eastern spinebill, mistletoe bird, spotted and striated pardalotes, red-browed and diamond firetails, speckled warbler.
The Beardy Waters Dam is one of the best bird watching areas in the district. The site supports a great diversity of wildfowl and there is always a chance of something unusual “stopping over”.
To view the entire dam, two areas must be visited – the Shannonvale Road bridge and the Beardy Woodlands Reserve. At the reserve there are picnic shelters and toilets. Platypus have been seen in the river.
Birds seen at this location include: Little pied, littleblack, pied and great cormorants, little, intermediate and great egrets, darter, yellow-billed and royal spoonbills, straw-necked, sacred and glossy ibises, hardhead, shoveler, musk, bluebilled and pink-eared ducks, little and wedge-tailed eagles, red-kneed and black fronted dotterels, sharp-tailed, pectoral and marsh sandpipers, painted and Japanese snipe, blackwinged stilt, whiskered tern, restless flycatcher.
A woodland consisting mainly of eucalypts with abundant mistletoe and acacias forming a lower storey. Fine views can be had from the top looking west over the Matheson Valley.
Birds seen at this location include: Wedge-tailed eagle, eastern and crimson rosellas, yellow-rumped and buff-rumped thornbills, whitenaped, yellow-faced, white-eared honeyeaters, eastern spinebill, mistletoe bird, golden whistler, white-winged chough, spotted and striated pardalotes.
An under-watched area of eucalypt woodland along with casuarinas and wattles and some heath surrounding pools and falls on Kings Plains Creek. Bush camping is permitted and a fireplace is provided at a scenic picnic area on the banks of the creek.
Birds seen in this location include: Little and musk lorikeets, scarlet and eastern yellow robins, rufous and golden whistlers, speckled warbler, honeyeaters including yellow tufted, spotted pardalote, dusky wood swallow, double-barred, red-browed finches, white-winged triller, chestnut-rumped heathwren.
These National Parks provide two areas of wilderness where many bird species not normally seen further west, can be found. Picnic and camping facilities are available in both parks.
Birds seen at this location include: Grey goshawk, brush-turkey, Wompoo fruit-dove, topknot pigeon, brown cuckoo-dove, glossy black and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, king parrots, superb lyrebird, brush cuckoo, noisy pitta, rufous scrub bird, cicadabird, White’s thrush, pale yellow robin, blackfaced monarch, rufous fantail, eastern whipbird, southern emu-wren, large-billed, white-browed and yellow-throated scrubwrens, brown gerygone, yellow and striated thornbills, little wattlebird, Bell miner, Lewin’s honeyeater, figbird, green catbird, spangled drongo, satin bowerbird.
A road through farmland and woodland that at times passes next to a shallow creek. The variety of habitats provides for many species of birds.
Birds seen in this location include: Wedge-tailed eagle, Pacific baza, yellow-tailed black and glossy black cockatoos, rainbow, musk and little lorikeets, king and turquoise parrots, channel-billed cuckoo, rainbow bee-eater, dollarbird, hooded and eastern yellow robins, restless flycatcher, white-throated and brown treecreepers, honeyeaters (including scarlet), apostlebird, diamond, plum-headed and redbrowed finches, tawny frogmouth.
A highland wetland Nature Reserve attracting a variety of wildfowl and waders. Access: New England Highway, 42km south of Glen Innes Highlands.
Birds seen at this location include: Australasian grebe, white-faced and white-necked herons, black swan, black-winged stilt, Japanese snipe, swamp harrier, grey teal, black and musk ducks, blackfronted dotterel, varied sitella, grey butcherbird. A full list of wildlife and birds seen is included in the Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve brochure.
A scenic reserve with rugged terrain contrasting with peaceful river flats. Fireplaces and toilets are provided on the reserve making it ideal for picnics or camping. The waterholes at the camping area are suitable for swimming.
Birds seen at this location include: Little pied cormorant, straw-necked ibis, common koel, azure kingfisher, rainbow bee-eater, dollarbird, spotted quailthrush, rose robin, golden and rufous whistlers, redbacked fairy wren, speckled warbler, spotted and striated pardalote, red-browed and white-throated treecreepers, red-browed firetail, yellow-faced honeyeater, eastern spinebill, Torresian crow.
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