After a successful stay in the Border Ranges National Park in northern NSW, where multiple sightings of Rufous Scrub-bird, Albert's Lyrebird and Eastern Bristlebird made for an especially fruitful experience, we moved on to the town of Evans Head on the NSW North Coast for a few days in the town's nicely positioned caravan park-camping ground. Evans Head is sandwiched between two national parks - Bundjaling to the south and Broadwater to the north.
On the southern outskirts of the town, at the entrance to Bundjaling National Park, I had repeated views of a pair of Southern Emu-wrens in wallum heath. This area was believed to be the most northerly site for this species until it was found much further north in the Cooloola-Great Sandy region of south-east Queensland. The emu-wren has not been found anywhere between Cooloola and Evans Head, a distance of several hundred kilometres, despite the presence of plenty of suitable habitat.
The emu-wrens were in the wallum heath pictured above.
The view south from Evans Head over Chinaman Beach.
It was nice to see flowering Xanthorhoea scattered throughout the heath with attendant White-cheeked Honeyeaters and honey bees (below right of image above!)
Some other critters about the place: