Bird watching

Bird life in Eurobodalla is a rich visual palette for bird lovers and photographers. Oceans, bays and beaches meet with native forests to create diverse habitats for many bird species ranging from tiny finches through to large raptors, some unique to south eastern Australia.

Montague Island is considered one of the most important seabird nesting sites in NSW with species such as the Wedge-tailed, Short-tailed and Sooty Shearwaters, Silver Gulls and Crested Terns, some coming from as far away as Siberia to lay their eggs. It is also home to the second largest colony of Little Penguins in the world.

Migratory sea and estuary birds are a common sight on beaches and headlands. Look skyward for the majestic White-bellied Sea-Eagle as it glides on invisible air currents, circling for prey in the sea and over land. Gulls, Sandpipers, Oyster Catchers and Plovers are regulars frequently seen on beaches and tidal estuaries.

The calm waters of coastal inlets and tidal rivers are home to Egrets, Ducks, and Grebes. Herons and Ibis wade elegantly in the shallows, among the reeds or rock pools looking for worms, molluscs and insects. In the forests and native bushland, Parrots and Lorikeets fill the air with their distinct calls and a flash of vibrant colour. Honeyeaters, Robins, Wrens and Finches flit among the flowering bottlebrush and grevillea, gorging on nectar or picking through the leafy ground searching for grubs and other tasty insect morsels.

Take a stroll anywhere along the Eurobodalla coastline and you are virtually guaranteed to see gulls and pelicans. A walk through National Parks will reward patient photographers and twitchers with a vast community of birds from the forest canopy right down through to the understory and forest floor.

Field guides are a handy accessory for identifying the many bird species in Eurobodalla. Pick up a guide from the visitor information centres at Batemans Bay and Narooma or  drop into a local book shop.

Suggested bird watching walks

Birds of the Eurobodalla Shire

List of Birds compiled by the Eurobodalla Natural History Society.

Eurobodalla Natural History Society

The Eurobodalla Natural History Society Inc. was formed in 1986 to foster and encourage interest in the natural products of the shire, train members in the keeping of records and compile and publish Annual Records such as 'Nature in Eurobodalla'. Go to the website to:

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