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Birdwatching at Warden Head
Grade and Distance: - you can observe from the lookout or explore the bush tracks around the lighthouse area and the rock platform and beaches below.
What to look for:
Look out for sea birds, whales (June/July and returning October/November), dolphins and seals around the rocks. The best viewing for birds is in the afternoon with the sun behind you and on calmer days after a strong southerly. You could see -
- Fairy Prions, Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters (spring to autumn) and Fluttering Shearwaters (winter);
- Wandering (rare), Black-browed, Shy (type), Indian Yellownosed and Buller's Albatross (all during winter and spring);
- Pomarine and Arctic Jaeger (summer);
- Sooty Oystercatcher, Terns and occasionally Eastern Reef Egret on the rock shelf below;
- White-bellied Sea-Eagles commonly cruise the cliff edges and occasionally a Square-tailed Kite (spring to autumn).
- White-throated Treecreeper, Variegated Fairy-wren, Thornbills, Spotted Pardalote, Golden Whistler, Eastern Yellow Robin and Red-browed Finch are fairly common;
- Brown and Grey Goshawks and the cryptic Bassian Thrush have been seen along the walking tracks
From the Princes Highway in Ulladulla, turn east into Deering Street at the round-about at the top of the hill and drive to the parking area at the Lighthouse.