Kerri-Lee Harris

Clarence Valley - truly a birding hotspot

Kerri-Lee Harris
Clarence Valley - truly a birding hotspot

A brief visit to Yamba in July, and once again we're amazed by the birdlife here. In just a few days, and many of them rainy days, we sighted 96 species. And that's without really exploring the sandbars for waders! There are birds everywhere ... here are just a few. Oh, and the occasional insect too, of course.

the waterways

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The Clarence River, with its many branches, tributaries, and nearby wetlands, is home to waterbirds, mangrove specialists, and numerous birds of prey.


the rainforest

The vegetation of littoral rainforests of Bundjalung National Park and Iluka Nature Reserve is in stark contrast to the coastal heaths and mangroves. The trees and vines are covered in fruit, and the shady, damp forest floor is rich with worms and other invertebrates. It is no surprise then, that the birdlife includes some rainforest specialists.


the heath & woodlands

Yuragir National Park includes expansive coastal heath. We also explored patches of remnant bush around nearby villages and farmland further up the valley.