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YELLOW WREN cutout final small 02Visiting Dorrigo for a couple of days or using it as a base to go birdwatching can add to the species list of serious birders and create opportunities for the young and young at heart to marvel at the beauty of a bowerbird’s dancing bower or the colour of parrots flashing through the tree tops of the abundant Schlerophyll forests close to Dorrigo. Over 200 bird species have been recorded at Dorrigo but as some are only summer visitors, there are resident birds that can be observed all year round.

Walking around the beautiful parks and reserves within the Dorrigo township will provide the chance of spotting an Australian magpie, one of the many firetail finch species, a willy wagtail or even an eastern spinebill. The Dorrigo National Park just five minutes drive from town provides access to rainforest with many opportunities to glimpse or only hear some of the unique bird species that inhabit this World Heritage listed ecosystem.

Along the waterways and anywhere there are blackberries, there are wren, and finches and sometimes honey eaters enjoying a blackberry feast. The chit chit of a party of Jenny wrens chattering in the undergrowth indicate that brilliant blue male is somewhere close by, looking after his ladies and flaunting his striking blue black and brown patterns.

If quiet and watchful, birds will come to flowering trees and shrubs and parrots, honey eaters and various insect eating birds can be identified.

Bird watching can be done whilst doing other activities in Dorrigo such as FISHING, taking one of our SELF DRIVE TOURS, or just relaxing and soaking in country hospitality. There will always be a bird of prey soaring the thermals and updrafts of a scenic lookout over the escarpment. Places such as Griffith’s Lookout, Ebor Falls or Point Lookout provide great vantage points to see these majestic creatures.

There are many National Parks within an easy hours drive from Dorrigo that provide different habitats for many bird species. In the more alpine regions, the robins are well represented as well as honeyeaters, birds of the open forest and the iconic laughing Kookaburra. The fantastic lyrebird can be heard and seen in the high rainfall forests around Dorrigo and to its north.

As with all birdwatching, a quiet approach is essential. But by sitting close to breaks in the forest canopy, close to flowering trees or rainforest pools many bird species can be observed and enjoyed for their wildness and their unique niche in the Australian birdscape.

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