rumours that echidnas are no longer to be found in Lane Cove National
Park, they are there. And
not only echidnas!
Friend David Springthorpe was again lucky enough to spot a rare bird and managed a couple of quickly snatched photos taken from his rear patio in Macquarie Park overlooking the upper Lane Cove River on 27 December. "I went out to check on a couple of noisy cockatoos ("noisy" being somewhat redundant) and saw it in a nearby tree."
Friend David Springthorpe took the latest wallaby photo. He says,
'First time ever I've seen wallabies (x2) in the bush (semi-cleared)
about 50 metres from my porch which overlooks the River at Durham
Close, Macquarie Park'.
Jillian Yau was very excited to see what she thought was a kangaroo
but must have been a large wallaby jumping across Delhi Rd (from
the main park side just near the speed camera) one Saturday evening.
She has lived in
Ryde over 50 years and had never seen or heard of one. Maybe
it was the same one from the report below - or maybe there are
And the Mumfords have spotted a swamp wallaby out the back of
their house in Cobran Road, Cheltenham
last week (April) an Echidna about 3-4 months ago.
LCNP Ranger Kathryn Wem photographed
a swamp wallaby that she saw have a drink and then swim the whole
way across the Lane Cove River to Fidden’s Wharf and stop
on the Great North Walk right in front of her.
From David Meggitt:
python seen near the caravan park,
visiting from up North, probably in a caravan
Also near LCNP in West Pymble: Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Burton's Legless
Lizard, Red-bellied Black Snake, and the ubiquitous Brush Turkeys.
from David at right
Nov 2013 Jim McLean saw 'a fairly large dark wallaby, probably
Wallaby, at Sugarloaf Point near Boronia Park. It looked healthy
besides missing the tip of its right ear.'
Hansen spotted a very big echidna at the back of her house on
the edge of LCNP at the end of Mooney Street, in Lane Cove north.
Philip Dimond from Koombalah Avenue, South Turramurra reports:
had a huge increase in bandicoots over the past 12 months (evidenced
by the holes everywhere! J ) and brush turkeys wandering the
street but tonight (just now) I was amazed to see an echidna
ambling across my front lawn. I took a little video and let
him go on his way ( I thought about taking him/her back to the
bush but the street here is quiet and he looked like she/he
knew where he was heading).
two years we had a rabbit plague which seems to have just about
gone but the numbers of wildlife have taken off in an amazing
from Daniel Jarvis
Just thought I’d update you on some recent sightings.
I think there is a pair of bowerbirds in Ferndale Park, West
Chatswood (not quite in Lane Cove NP but not far from it). They
seemed to be tending to a large nest, though this was off the
ground so I’m not sure if they are Satin Bowerbirds. Sure
looked and sounded like them but.
Also there are quite a few scrub turkeys with large nests to
tend to currently in the park. I guess the chicks will be out
and about soon.
red crowned toadlet was found and photographed (see right) by
LCNP bushcare volunteer Alan Deitch at West
Pymble on the Great North Walk
on 23/3/13 .
Craig writes that he 'Saw this little guy [echidna] over the Christmas/new
years break on Riverside Dr near the caravan park. Looks like
it had a run in with a dog or something at some stage [orcar perhaps
Ed.]. You can download the short clip he videod (38Mb) at
A fairly unusual sighting - a wallaby was seen on the fire trail
behind Gloucester Ave, West Pymble. Very exciting. Thanks Phyll.
And also two
wallabies, one about half the size of the other, on the fire trail
near Duckys Waterhole, Devlins Creek, North Epping.
You don't often see an echidna trying to escape from the park.
This one (right) was photographed in River Ave, West Chatswood,
opposite the Lane Cove River, trying to bury itself into a concrete
driveway. It was manoevred into a box and released back into bushland.
echidna off the Comenarra in Sth Turramurra, just near the bottom
of Geoffrey street. Spotted by and thanks to Daniel Besgrove
So difficult to photograph, this Variegated Wren was 'captured'
in the park by Ed Gock.
It was a moulting male near the campsite and stayed at the same
spot for like 5 minutes which was good. Ed thinks it was too young
to notice that he may have been a threat!
Bandicoot chewing snack - West Pymble
- A flock
of about 10 Black Cockatoos spotted by Daniel Jarvis circling
near the boatshed above the weir in Lane Cove National Park. Usually
you only see 2 or 3 together.
been a while, but another echidna was spotted by Pavel and Lydia
Kotulic, visiting from Europe, about 50 meters from the Park entrance
in Macquarie Park.
Daniel Jarvis (see May below)
Just thought I'd let you know of some more sightings in the park
I had over the weekend. kayaking up the river on Sunday before
- plenty of cormorants, ducks, noisy swamp hens, the usual birds
along with a couple of Azure Kingfishers which were about 500
metres apart (maybe a breeding pair?) darting over the river.
- a couple of water dragons who I guess are back out.
- The real surprise was to see two black snakes swimming across
the river within 10 metres of each other in opposite directions
at the same time! Surprising.
Powerful Owl spotted by Sarah and Sam Smith at the junction of
the Kurrajong path from Pennant Hills and Day Road entrance at
From the Muffett family
Just wanted to let you know that there
is significant bandicoot activity on the right side of Albion
Street Pennant Hills. The houses at the end of the street are
on the Lane Cove National Park boundary.
Unfortunately there are a number of free roaming domestic cats,
hopefully the little bandicoots are fast runners. : (
From Daniel Jarvis
I regularly ride through this park on my mountain bike (2-3 times
a week) and have a few sightings from the last few months.
A few times in late Summer/early Autumn 2011 I saw turtles in
a pool in a creek in the bush between Whale Rock and Day Rd (Beecroft)
Yesterday I had the life scared out of me from an approx. 2 metre
brown snake just off the Link track near I think Kingsford Ave,
There are a few Brush Turkeys who hang around the bush near my
house in Epping, I see them regularly along Devlins Creek.
On two occasions in late Summer/early Autumn I have seen Yellow
Tailed Black Cockatoos around the Day Rd area near Whale Rock.
Groups of 4 or so. [See photos at right from mobile phone]
I have also, unfortunately, seen a fox running along the path
near Whale Rock.
After rain last Summer I saw a few Eels in the Devlins Creek area.
Cunningham's Skink - rarely seen in Lane Cove National
Park. Seen near the Great North Walk towards Kissing Point Road.
and Sofia Zvolanek for spotting and photos
Owl photographed in Fairyland by
- Two powerful Owls were seen
on Riverside Drive, actually on the road probably eating something
- Two brush turkeys seen crossing Kissing Point Road
about 100 m down hill from Boyd St. This was at approximately
7:30 am. Thanks Philip Dowling
1m+ lace monitor (probably juvenile)
crawled out of a gully near the Tourist Park where a bushcare
volunteer was battling weeds, and slid back after a bit of sunning.
- a pair of Pacific Bazzas at the Delhi
- a Black Bittern at Cottonwood Glen,
- a pair of Grebes at the weir,
- a Superb Parrot at Wallalong Crescent (seriously!), Brush Turkeys
in several locations,
- Powerful Owls at Commandment Rock,
- Swamp Wallabies on the hill behind the Works depot.
2008 - some fauna sightings from the last few months
– 4 wallabies hopping through the bush on the south side
of the river near Fiddens Wharf;
- 2 powerful owls on the river near Avondale Creek, and near Khartoum
- Long Neck Tortoises at Thornleigh (in a swimming pool), Talavera
Rd (!) and in the river at a waterhole just upstream of Deburgs
- an echidna at Carters Ck;
- a family of Tawny Frogmouths at River Ave
- baby lace monitors at Jenkins Hall and Tunks Hill;
- Brush Turkey at Durham Cl;
- and a Boobook Owl up Blue Gum Ck.
red belly black snakes at Morona Ave
- a family of tawny frogmouths from River Ave.
- An echidna was sighted on two occasions in the same small area
of bush close to the creek near the Malton Rd/Kethel Rd intersection
in Cheltenham. It was seen about 2.30pm (curled up) on Sunday
November 12 and again (full frontal!) at about 3pm on December
7 2006. He seems very much at home! reports Attica Cox.
2006 - Two echidnas spotted waddling through the bush
beside Riverside Drive (and then across the road), not far from
Porters Bridge. A couple walking along the road said they often
see them in the area.
echidna was spotted and photographed in September 2004 by Zac
Gazzard, who says he has seen many in the last few months, and
thinks they are becoming more common, possibly as a result of
the fox-baiting programs.
- August 2004
- an echidna was picked up from Lady Game Drive by a park ranger
and deposited in a safe place within the park boundaries, well
away from the main road.
- One was
seen in September, 2002, by walkers on the Great
North Walk somewhere between the weir and de Burghs Bridge.
2001 from Herbert. "There are also Echidnas in Lane Cove
near North Epping. A visitor of mine from Germany just saw two
when she walked through the bush, described the "funny hatchhog"
to me and asked me what it was. There can't be that many, because
I am often in the bush, and have never seen one."
- Near the
Caravan Park October 2001. Seen by lucky Alison.
2001 near picnic area 36 (Thistlethwayte's). Thanks Lutz
(a volunteer bush regenerator in the Park) and the visitor who
pointed it out.
2000 near the boatshed. Lucky Mark to be able to watch
it for a couple of minutes!
sighting early in 2000 at the Barakee Picnic
area! Thanks Jenny.
- One was
seen on Fri 5/11/99 in Somerset Park (between
Terry's Creek and Crimea Road), in the Lane Cove River catchment.
Thanks to Bruce for emailing us that news!
sightings of rare and special fauna
2006: bandicoots have been appearing unfortunately as road kill
along Lady Game Drive in the past few months! They are obviously
increasing!! Thanks Zac for letting us know and informing LCNP
- a powerful
owl spotted in the Blue Gum High Forest in Dalrymple Hay Nature
Reserve, St Ives, December 2006
- June 2005:
bandicoot holes spotted at the Little Blue Gum Creek bushcare
- a bandicoot
near de Burghs bridge about July / August 2004 (it got trapped
during a cat trapping enterprise).
- a powerful
owl high up in a pittosporum at Terry's Creek mid-September, 2004
near the Lane Cove River in Macquarie Park. Photos David Springthorpe
near the river in Macquarie Park. Photo David Springthorpe.
on LCNP track at Fidden's Wharf
Red-bellied Black Snake
Photo Jim Lawler
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