Bird Notes from Terrigal, N.S.W.

Bird Notes from Terrigal, N.S.W.
by Arthur John Macarthur

Published in Emu, 1930

Bird Notes from Terrigal, N.S.W.—On the afternoon of April 8, 1930, a small flock of Pied Oyster-Catchers (Hæmatopus ostralegus), ten in number, was on the beach here for about an hour. They were fairly tame and allowed one to approach within about 50 yards. They left in a southerly direction at 5.30 p.m.

On April 8 a local fisherman drew my attention to a large dark-coloured bird which was flying in large circles to the south eastward somewhat off shore. In a short time it came near enough to enable one to see it clearly without the aid of field glasses. There is no doubt in my mind that it was a Greater Frigate Bird (Fregata minor)—a bird I have often seen in the Islands and New Guinea. This seems a long way south for the bird—we are only thirty miles north of Sydney.

Since the scrubs and forest country have been cleared on this part of the coast the Black-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibiten) has appeared in fair numbers. There were none here about five years ago. The clearing of the scrubs has, however, driven several interesting birds father back—namely, the Regent Honeyeater (Zanthomiza phrygia), the Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus), the Eastern Whip-bird (Psophodes olivaceus). The Bell-birds are, I am glad to say, holding their own at present. By Bell-bird I mean the Bell-miner (Manorina melanophrys).—A. J. Macarthur, R.A.O.U., Onslow, N.S.W.

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