The first overnight stop on our trip to South West New South Wales was the tiny town of Jugiong (population 260 approx.) 338 kilometres south west of Sydney.
Since the mid 1990s, Jugiong has been totally bypassed by the Hume Freeway, and nowadays survives as a tourist spot thanks to its two attractions: the Long Track Pantry, and the Sir George Inn.
On our night and morning there we snapped some of the local birdlife.
Crimson Rosellas (two juveniles):
A new bird for us – the Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis):
The juveniles of this species are easily spotted by the yellow-green skin around the eye, and the lighter grey on the the bib:
In the same flowering tree, Red Wattlebirds:
A Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)
A female Superb Fairy-wren:
And of course the males:
The Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa):
The male Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris):
A Red-browed Finch:
A nice place to overnight when heading west…