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Bird Log August 4th 2008

I went to Green Point, which is on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie between Valentine and Belmont. To access the Green Point Foreshore Reserve you can get there from the waterfront at Valentine or the end of Crown Street in Belmont. The weather was sunny with a light westerly breeze - a beautiful day. There were hordes of cockatoos flying around at the park near the entrance at Valentine along with galahs, lorikeets and noisy miners all fluttering around and squawking and twittering away. It was quite sensational. There are heaps of hollows in the eucalyptus trees and I am sure that the Lorikeets were starting nests all over the place. In one tree a pair of lorikeets were showering down debris where they were digging out a hollow.

Bird Species List

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet has a scientific name of Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus. They nest in hollows as do the Rainbow Lorikeet. They are mainly all green with a red beak and eyes. The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is a similar size to the Rainbow Lorikeet. They live along the east coast of Australia from Cape York to about Wollongong. Their habitat is open lowland eucalypt forests and woodlands. They feed on nectar and pollen of mainly eucalypts as well as shrubs like melaleucas callistemons, and banksias. They breed from June to February usually in a hole in a very high tree. Two to three white eggs are laid and sat on by the female for approximately twenty five days.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has a scientific name of Cacatua galerita. Flocks of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos feed on the ground and are fully white with a curving sulphur yellow crest on the top of their heads. Their size ranges from 48 to 55 centimetres and they have a distinctive raucous squawk or screech.

Galah

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

The Galah has a scientific name of Eolophus (Cacatua) roseicappillus. The galah is a grey and pink cockatoo which is about 35 centimetres in size. They stay as permanent pairs and their habitat is woodlands, open shrub country, and grasslands.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
Camera settings were : 1/500 second, f/5.6, ISO800 with a 400 mm lens.

The Rainbow Lorikeet has a scientific name of Trichoglossus haemotodus. The Rainbow Lorikeet is noisy and acrobatic with a bright red bill, and a blue head. Their size is about 30 centimetres and their habitat is rainforest, open forests, and woodlands.

Variegated Fairy-wren

variegated fairy-wren
Camera settings were : 1/800 second, f/5.6, ISO800 with a 400 mm lens.

The Variegated Fairy-wren has a scientific name of Malurus lamberti. The Variegated Fairy-wren has a black bill and a dark brown iris. Their size is from 11 to 15 centimetres and their habitat is heathland, and the open forests of coastal ranges in Eastern Australia.