Penneshaw and the Dudley Peninsula
On the breakwater by the ferry terminal there's usually a large roost of cormorants, Pied and Black-faced mainly, and also large numbers of Crested Terns. On the beach nearby you can see Pied Oystercatchers and Masked Lapwings, and occasionally Hooded Plovers. Just by the ferry there's a walk that takes you through the Penguin Centre reserve, where there is still a small colony of Little Penguins. You won't see the penguins during the day, but you can take a tour from the centre at night with an experienced guide. Nankeen Night Herons are sometimes seen on the beach at night.
From there, it's a pleasant walk eastwards along the beach and coast up to Baudin Conservation Park. You can often see Glossy-black Cockatoos feeding in the sheoaks there. In the evenings and early morning they like to sit on the electricity wires on the edge of the town. Keep walking along the coast and you'll be rewarded with good views of the sea and mainland. In the winter, look out for Southern Right Whales. There's also a large pod of dolphins in the sea there. Tammar Wallabies are plentiful in the scrub along the cliffs. In stormy weather, albatrosses sometimes come in close to the land. White-bellied Sea Eagles and Ospreys are often in the area.At the bottom of the steep hill coming out of Penneshaw, before you get to the Baudin Beach Township, you can park the car and walk along the quiet beach there, where you'd be likely to see Hooded Plovers.
Island Beach is a good place to see water birds, especially at low tide. You'll see pelicans, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers, Red-capped Plovers, Hooded Plovers, Red-necked Stints, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Bar-tailed Godwits and sometimes Whimbrels show up. Be on the lookout for Ospreys and White-bellied Sea Eagles which frequent the area.
On the Cape Willoughby road about 15km out of Penneshaw is Lashmar Lagoon. It's a great place for wildfowl and other water birds and waders. Nearby there is a lovely beach at Antechamber Bay, with breeding pairs of Hooded Plovers. You can camp by the Chapman River where there are always plenty of bush birds. Sometimes a Nankeen Night Heron might appear during the day.