Flora and Fauna of The Mid North Coast of New South Wales

This site contains detailed surveys of the native and exotic flora and fauna species occurring within the Mid North Coast of New South Wales Australia. The main fauna species being Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians. Please follow either the Flora or Fauna links above for details.

The Bird section of the Fauna page has been improved to include lists of all birds and bird watching sites, a list of the rare and more unusual bird sightings within the Mid North Coast of NSW, a bird image gallery and lists of other reliable birding websites.

Very Rare Bird Sightings

There have been three unique bird sightings locally during 2017. The first was the sighting of a single Haematopus fuliginosus x ophthalmicus a hybrid of The Northern and Southern Sooty Oystercatcher on the Tuncurry Breakwall on 4th September, secondly a Pale-vented Bush-hen, Amaurornis moluccana was heard about 21st November and subsequently photographed in December at Lower Pappinbarra in the Hastings District and lastly, the arrival of some 13 to 17 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar around 11th December. The latter are expected to stay until about March 2018.

On 2nd January 2018, three feathers were collected from the track east of The Whoota Whoota Lookout in the Wallingat National Park. Research has revealed that these belong to Callocephalon fimbriatum the Gang-gang Cockatoo. It would appear that this is the first record of the species in this National Park and in the surrounding general area.

Scope Of Survey

The species lists for the Flora and Birds have been prepared for various sites within the principal areas of Forster, Tuncurry, Darawank, Point Road Tuncurry, Nabiac, Taree, Browns Creek and The Bicentennial Gardens Taree, Gloucester, Coopernook, Hallidays Point, Old Bar Park, Mudbishops Point Old Bar, Khappinghat National Park, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Saltwater National Park, Diamond Beach, Manning Point, Harrington, Cattai Wetlands, Cattai Creek Wetlands, Coopernook, Laureton, Lake Cathie, Port Macquarie, Sea Acres National Park Port Macquarie, Fernbank and Partridge Creek Port Macquarie, Emerald Downs Golf Course Port Macquarie, Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park, Dooragan National Park, Middle Brother National Park, Lake Cathie, Laurieton, Dunbogan, Black Head, Red Head, Hallidays Point, Booti Booti National Park, Cape Hawke, Seven Mile Beach, Green Point, Tiona Park, Elizabeth Beach, Charlotte Head, Pacific Palms, Smiths Lake, Wallingat National Park, Sandbar, Seal Rocks, Celito, Mount George, Bulahdelah, Alum Mountain, Myall Lakes National Park, Wingham, Ellenborough Falls, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Tapin Tops National Park, Belmore Swamp Belmore, Kempsey, Boyters Lane Jerseyville, Hat Head, Barrington Tops National Park, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, Woko National Park and many other National Parks and Reserves within the Mid North Coast. The Bird page also has the following sites from the Newcastle area. Hexham Swamp, Hunter Wetlands Centre, Kooragang Wetlands Ash Island, Seaham Swamp, Stockton Sandspit, Walka Water Works and Werakata State Conservation Area Pelton.

Nomenclature

The nomenclature for most of the plant taxa is consistent with current usage at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Exotic or non-indigenous taxa are prefixed with an asterisk. The nomenclature for the rainforest taxa follows that of the latest edition of the following publications, namely "Rainforest trees and shrubs : a field guide to their identification in Victoria, New South Wales and subtropical Queensland using vegetative features and Rainforest climbing plants : a field guide to their identification in Victoria, New South Wales and subtropical Queensland using vegetative features (Gwen Harden, Bill McDonald, John Williams ; illustrator Gwen Harden)".

All orchid taxa follows the nomenclature contained in "Australian Orchid Genera: An Information and Identification System by Australian Orchid Genera: (Jones, Hopley, Duffy, Richards, Clements and Zhang 2006) ".

The fauna taxa follows the nomenclature used by The Wildlife Atlas (Bionet) maintained by the Department of Environment and Climate Change and Bird Life Australia.

© B M Ralley 2018