We were well into spring by the time we departed from Tahlee, and the weather gods were still smiling upon us as we traveled south to Coolah Tops National park. The road up was rough and steep with many grids and dips, but well worth the drive when we pulled up at the tranquil bush campground.
The park abounded with wildlife, especially of the macropod variety which were observed daily, notably in the vicinity of the camping area.
|Eastern Grey Kangaroo, with large joey|
|Eastern Grey - juvenile|
One of the walking tracks featured a two kilometre loop through a grove of magnificent grasstrees, some of which are thought to be over three hundred years old. We had never seen them this large in our travels and we were gob-smacked with our first view of these giants, one of 28 species found only in Australia.
This was my first decent shot of a Shrike-tit which I usually see feeding high up in a tall eucalypt or such. It was observed at Pucca Bucca wetlands at Mudgee, our next stop after our Coolah Tops side trip, and well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Cheers & Happy Birding