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Birds at Giba Gunyah 

Giba Gunyah is on Sapphire Coast Bird Route No 2, Bemboka

There are many drives around Bemboka and into the hills well worth exploring. This route is a 22 km circular drive through some typical Bemboka scenery commencing at the Bemboka Hall in the main street on the corner of Adams St and continuing along the length of Polacks Flat Road. There are stops suggested and many places to pause and look from the car, especially at bridges. Please remember to keep one eye on the rear view mirror and watch for local traffic. Slower cars with birdwatching tourists are not everyday drivers on these roads. Set the trip meter, follow the prompts and enjoy your day.

0.6   Local tip on left if you feel inclined to look.
0.7   Greens Crossing Bridge, a one lane bridge but room to pull over on both sides of  the road at either end of the bridge. Scan the eucalypts.
1.1   Turn left to Greens Crossing swimming hole. Park here, walk down to the river, and generally wander around.
2.0   Greenís barn on the right. Pull off on right hand
side to get off the road.
3.3   Wiltonís bam on right and again pull off on the right hand side of road.
4.1   Pass Sullivanís Gap road which leads to private farms.
5.0   Slow down for small darn on left, a fair way off road.
5.4   Slow down for a small dam on the right.
7.1   Cross the one lane bridge, with not much room to pull over.
8.7   Another bridge.
9.4   Dam on the right.

9.6    From here on the Bell Miners can be heard.
10.9 Good place to pull up on the right, opposite gate 248. Wander along roadside.

11.0  Giba Gunyah - Picnic area on right by the river
11.5 No room to park properly with the road close to the river but good birding if you can manage to get there and walk about.
11.9  Room to pull over here, but almost back to farmland after the river.
13.3  Bock on to Highway at Morons Crossing
13.5  Plenty of room on the left to park.
17.2  Cross the Eighteen Mile Bridge and prepare to turn hard left to a track JUST passed the cutting and overlook Carpenterís barn.
20.4  Near the cemetery turn in to the left or walk through cemetery to the old road behind which leads down to Colombo Creek.
20.9  The Football Ground on the right is home to many birds, again right beside the creek with amenities, picnic tables and camping.
22.3  You will be back to the Hall, having passed the pie shop - or did you?

If not wishing to return to Bemboka a left turn when reaching the Highway will take drivers 27 kms direct to Bega.

Birds to look out for around Bemboka

Stubble Quail
Brown Quail
Musk buck
Australian Wood buck
Pacific Black buck
Australasian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Brown Goshawk
Grey Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Lathams Snipe
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Wonga Pigeon
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Galah
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Australian King Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Pallid Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Horsfieldís Bronze-Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Tawny Frogmouth
White-throated Nightjar
Australian Owlet-Nightjar
White-throated Needle Tail
Dollarbird
Superb Lyrebird
White-throated Treecreeper
Red-browed Treecreeper
Superb-Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Pilotbird
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Lewins Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Crescent Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Scarlet Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Scarlet Robin
Flame Robin

 

 

Rose Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Whipbird
Spotted Quail-thrush
Varied Sittella
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Black-faced Monarch
Leaden Flycatcher
Satin Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Magpie-Lark
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cicadabird
White-winged Triller
Olive-backed Oriole
Masked Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Grey Currawong
Australian Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Satin Bowerbird
Skylark
Richards Pipit
House Sparrow
Double-barred Finch
Red-browed Finch
Diamond Firetail
European Goldfinch
Mistletoebird
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
Rufous Songlark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Silvereye
Bassian Thrush
Common Blackbird
Common Starling

 

Information has been provided by the Far South Coast Birdwatchers Inc. PO Box 180 Pambula NSW 2549 Enquiries to 6495 7390 or 6495 6592.

For more information      Email ggunyah@yahoo.com.au  or Ph: 02 6492 8404    

Last updated 26th January 2007

 


 


         

 

 

Ros & John Raward
224 Polacks Flat Road, Bemboka NSW 2550
Australia

PO Box 3152 Bemboka NSW 2550

Phone/Fax: 02 64928404
Mobile: 0438674449

Email:                              ggunyah@yahoo.com.au