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Dalmeny and Narooma Bushwalkers: Potato Point Bird Life Walk

Thursday's walk south of Bermagui was cancelled due to the rain but we managed one on Saturday. Only 6 walkers came but we enjoyed ourselves as we saw some very interesting birdlife. A strong southerly wind was blowing, so Michael reorganised the walk to be away from the beach area south of the Point and more inland where it was protected. In the beginning we headed south along Jemison's Beach which was a bit wild but at the end of the beach went west towards Tarourga Lake. The Lake is one of the few that hasn't broken out to the ocean in the heavy spring rains but it is brim full. We made our way around the edge of the Lake having morning tea on it's edge before peeling off along a fire trail that took us further westward beyond the village's boundary. After crossing the main road we headed north towards Lake Brunderee along another fire trail. Here we passed a large tree with a hive of bees in one of it's hollows and looking across the Lake we could see a large sea eagle's nest with two birds either side of it. Again this Lake was full of water and other birdlife was hovering around the shoreline. On our way back to the cars we detoured through some bush near the fire shed and saw a pair of glossy black cockatoos preening themselves. This is a pretty unusual sight as these birds are rare and require a unique habit to collect their food. The walk was approximately 8 klm long and we finished having a sandwich down by the creek in Potato Point. All in all a pretty good walk with some very interesting things to see and thanks to Margaret Moran for the pictures, especially of the birdlife which made this walk even more special. David Maidment

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