Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:54

Harrington Featured

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 GJS8741a as Smart Object 1The small coastal town of Harrington is on the mid-north coast of NSW, about 20 mins east of Taree.  It has several attractions for birders/photographers. They include the Manning River estuary with its extensive sandbars, spits etc , Crowdy Bay NP. and a small littoral rainforest pocket on the north side of the town.

 

 

Birds

The sandspit and Lagoon in season is usually good for Pacific Golden Plover, Red-capped Plover, Pied Oystercatcher,  Bar-tailed Godwit, Eastern Curlew, Sanderling and Little Tern.  There is also a good chance to see Osprey and Brahminy Kite in this area. A pair of Beach-stone Curlew have been resident of the area between Harrington and Old Bar,

The rainforest area can be good for Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarch, Noisy Pitta and Varied Triller.

 

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Location

The easiest access to the main sandspit is directly off the breakwater that heads due east from the Sea Rescue base. To the north of this breakwater is a small lagoon with muddy margins that can be good for waders. You can get access to the rainforest track a couple of hundred metres north of the caravan park on the main road heading north (-31.867592, 152.700355).

 

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