Birds of The Mid North Coast of New South Wales

Please follow the links above to my list of the more unusual bird sightings within the Mid North Coast of NSW, bird image gallery and lists of other reliable birding websites.

Listed below are all the Areas surveyed together with the sites contained therein. Each site has a link to Maps, Species Lists and in most cases, Images.

Very Rare Bird Sightings


  • 4th September. There was a sighting of a single Haematopus fuliginosus x ophthalmicus a hybrid of The Northern and Southern Sooty Oystercatcher on the Tuncurry Breakwall
  • 21st November. A Pale-vented Bush-hen, Amaurornis moluccana was heard and subsequently photographed in December at Lower Pappinbarra in the Hastings District. In all two were seen.
  • 11th December. The arrival of some 13 to 18 Onychoprion aleuticus, the Aleutian Tern at Farquhar Inlet, Mudbishops Point Old Bar. The latter were expected to stay until about March 2018 but as at 6 May 2018, the birds are still present.


  • 2nd January. Two Gang-gang Cockatoos, Callocephalon fimbriatum were recorded on the track east of The Whoota Whoota Lookout in the Wallingat National Park. It would appear that this is the first record of the species in this National Park and in the surrounding general area.
  • 5 May. Thirty eight or more Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor sighted in the the western end of the southern carpark of Coles on Major Innes Drive Lake Innes Port Macquarie. They were present mainly in the Forest Red Gums, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were not in flower. The birds appeared to be feeding on lerps. Two were sighted at 4.21 pm followed by flocks of 5, 7 and various other numbers.
  • 17 May. Thirty two Swift Parrots at front of Lot 22 Tallong Drive Lake Cathie in Forest Red Gum, Eucalyptus tereticornis which were also not in flower. The birds were seen feeding on lerps.
  • 29 May. One Red-backed Kingfisher, Todiramphus pyrrhopygius at 595 Belmore River North Bank Road, Gladstone.
  • 15 June. Two Pacific Gulls, Larus pacificus sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.
  • 17 June. One female Musk Duck, Biziura lobata at Cattai Wetlands. First sighting at this location
  • 17 June. Two Australian Gull-billed Terns, Gelochelidon macrotarsa sighted at Seven Mile Beach Booti Booti National Park. (GPS -32.263578, 152.533499). First sighting in this area.



Coffs Coast
Macleay Valley Coast
Port Macquarie and The Hastings Region
The Camden Haven
Taree and The Manning Valley
Forster and The Great Lakes
Newcastle and The Hunter Region

The following records are from camps hosted by The Manning–Great Lakes Birdwatchers Inc. and visits at latter times by the author. All are links to Maps and Images of both the common and unusual species occuring at each. I have not supplied full species lists.



Central Australia
North Coast
South Western Plains New South Wales
North Western Slopes New South Wales
South Coast New South Wales
Canberra ACT
Blue Mountains
Hawkesbury District
The Victorian Mallee


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