If you wander through the National Parks and forests corralling the township Oberon, you are guaranteed to hear some truly glorious sounds.
The Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon area is blessed with fascinating native bird life, and all you need to do is grab some binoculars, a field guide and a comfy pair of walking shoes and head out into our magnificent bushland.
All year round, whether you are taking a rest, sitting quietly or enjoying a picnic, you will be awed by the amazing bush acoustics you will hear and unique creatures you will witness going about their day.
In the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon areas there is are literally hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks through bushland that has been protected for over 100 years. This bushland is very accessible and the best part is the local native birds are used to people passing by and are therefore easier to spot and observe. Even better, if you sit quietly, some inquisitive species may even come and have a look at you. Some species are known to often be happy for bird watchers to sit and view them from only a few metres away near their feeding or watering places.
Many locals and visitors have some very fond memories of meeting some amazing bird life for the first time, especially elusive bird species like the Superb Lyrebird who can mimic most other birds’ calls and has beautiful long plumage.
Across the region you can see a huge range of birds, from eight different species of Parrot, Cockatoos, Honeyeaters, Thrush, Bowerbirds, Choughs, Magpies, Currawongs, Owls, and so many more. The best part is each of these species have very unique and intriguing and even comical behaviour which is very rewarding to witness.
In the Oberon area, native bird life can be seen everywhere, but especially near Jenolan Caves and Kanangra Walls. There are many walks around Jenolan Caves and the Blue Lake, including the popular Jenolan River Trail, which travels along the riverside and through open forest environments. Here you can look for the Rockwarbler, Spotted Quail-Thrush, Flame and Scarlet Robin, Superb Lyrebird, and during the summer months the Satin Flycatcher, as well as the Sooty Owl which can be heard at night.
While walking the track through heathland, open forests and escarpments from the car park at Kanangra Walls right to the top of the plateau, make sure you look for Flame and Scarlet Robins, Satin Flycatcher, White-eared Honeyeater, Spotted Quail-Thrush, as well as Wedge-tailed Eagle and Rockwarbler at the top of the plateau.