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Bird Log 12th July 2008

I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland, Newcastle for some bird photos. The weather was sunny and was about twelve degrees Celsius at 9am with the wind a light West to North West at about five to ten knots. The Hunter Wetlands Centre costs six dollars for adults to enter the wetlands area. The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a haven for wildlife and people. The 45 hectare wetlands provide vital habitat for many birds including Magpie Geese, Egrets, and many species of ducks, especially the Freckled Duck, which is endangered. There is an egret tower where you can climb for a birds eye view into the canopy of the Melaleuca Swamp where the egrets breed in large numbers.

The bird species that I took photos of are as follows:

Magpie Goose

magpie goose
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Magpie Goose has a scientific name of Anseranus semipalmata. They are a large pied goose that swims and up-ends for food. Their habitat is bullrush and sedge-dominated swamps, flood plains, and rice crops. They are very loud with their honking when they are feeding or in flight. They congregate in huge flocks and sometimes perch in trees. Their size is around eighty centimetres with a wing span from 150-160 centimetres.

Spotted Pardalote

spotted pardalote
Camera settings were : 1/200 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Spotted Pardalote has a scientific name of Pardalotus punctatus. Pardalotes are tiny foliage-foragers that breed in small burrows or tree-hollows. Their habitat is mainly eucalyptus forests. Their size is from nine to ten centimetres. They have a stout black bill with a white eyebrow and grey cheeks. The crown and wings are black with rows of white spots.

Fairy Wren

fairy wren
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

I am not exactly sure which variety of Fairy Wren this is. Maybe a Variegated Fairy Wren or a Superb Fairy Wren.

Wandering Whistling-Duck

wandering whistling-duck
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens.

The Wandering Whistling-Duck has a scientific name of Dendrocygnus arcuata. The size of the Wandering Whistling-Duck is from 55-60 centimetres. Their habitat is deep, vegetated rivers, lagoons, swamps, flooded grasslands, and sometimes in marine estuaries. They roost on the ground in large flocks and have a distinctive twittering whistle.

Welcome Swallow

welcome swallow
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens.

The Welcome Swallow has a scientific name of Hirundo neoxena. The Welcome Swallow lives near all types of water areas and has a twittering voice. They are often in large flocks and may feed with swifts, woodswallows, or martins. Their size is about fifteen centimetres.

Purple Swamphen

purple swamphen
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens.

The Purple Swamphen has a scientific name of Porphyria porphyria. The Purple Swamphen has a mostly black body with the underneath and winds that are deep blue to purplish-black. They live in swamps, marshy paddocks, and urban lakes. Their size is from 44-48 centimetres.

Silvereye

silvereye
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens.

The Silvereye has a scientific name of Zosterops lateralis. The voice of the silvereye is a repeated high mournful warbling song and their habitat is all types of terrain, orchards, and suburban gardens. Their size is approximately twelve centimetres.

Black Swan

black swan
Camera settings were : 1/1000 second, f/5.6, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens.

The Black Swan has a scientific name of Cygnus atratus. Their habitat is mainly large expanses of fresh to marine open water with abundant aquatic vegetation, exposed mud-flats, pastures, and crops. They are a very large black water-bird with a long slender neck and white-tipped wings. The bill of the Black Swan is red with a white bar near the tip. They have black legs and feet. The size is 110-140 centimetres with a wing span of about 160-200 centimetres.