Good luck trying to spot an Eastern Whipbird in the Gore Creek Reserve surrounding Bob Campbell Oval – their dark olive green plumage acts like an invisibility cloak against the backdrop of the bush.
You will however almost certainly hear them.
One of the most characteristic sounds of the Australian bush their call often rings out across the Oval and in the surrounding bush. Performed as a duet, the male makes the drawn out whip crack and the female usually follows quickly with a sharp “choo-choo”. It’s a call and answer sequence, the way by which they signal their territory and to identify their position, as they forage for insects in the leaf litter
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Bob Campbell Oval, or Gore Creek Reserve, is a little slice of heaven on Sydney Harbour. It sits at the bottom of a creek that winds up through Lane Cove and is one of the last remaining natural creeks on the harbour.