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Bird Log 25th July 2008


This day I went to the Stockton Sandspit. There were no wading birds around, perhaps because the weather was rainy and overcast. Further to the weather, the wind was coming from the south west at about ten knots. The temperature was thirteen degrees Celsius. I photographed the wrens that were in the shrubbery at the edges of the sandspit. A few pigeons were flying around and I spotted what I thought was a black kite in the distance. Here is a list of the birds for this day:

Superb Fairy-wren

superb fairy-wren
Camera settings were : 1/640 second, f/5.6, ISO800 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Superb Fairy-wren has a scientific name of Malurus cyaneus. This wren has a habitat in open forest, and dense scrub. The male superb fairy-wren has a black and blue head with a brown body and a dark tail. The female is brown with a slight orange or red patch around the eye. The bill of the superb fairy-wren is black and the size is from 11 to 14 centimetres. Their voice is a thin zizzing musical trill. They breed in the spring and summer.

Black Kite

black kite
Camera settings were : 1/1250 second, f/5.6, ISO200 with a 400 mm lens.

The Black Kite has a scientific name of Milvus migrans. It is a bird of prey, which are called raptors, and is a medium size of 47 to 55 centimetres. They have a wing span from 120 to 145 centimetres. The Black Kite feeds on lizards, small mammals and insects. They eat both live and dead animals. Flocks of the black kite soar effortlessly and their habitat is frequently open woodlands, plains, streams, swamps, and sea-shores. Black kites usually breed between August and November and nest in isolated pairs. They display a ritualised aerial courtship with loud calling, grappling of talons, and tumbling or cartwheeling in the air.