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Bird Log August 8th 2008

Today I went to the Blackbutt Reserve in Newcastle. I had a look at the exhibits where they had rainbow lorikeets, scaly-breasted lorikeets, and tawny frogmouths, among others. The peacocks were full on exhibiting their tail feathers so I obliged them by taking a photo. Then I went half way along the rainforest walk where I saw an Eastern Yellow Robin and a Pied Currawong. The weather was sunny and overcast and there was a twenty knot North West wind blowing - typical August weather.

Bird Species List

Tawny Frogmouth

tawny frogmouth
Camera settings were : 1/800 second, f/1.8, ISO200 with a 50 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Tawny Frogmouth has a scientific name of Podargus strigoides and is often mistaken for an owl but it is not - it is a member of the Night Jar family. It does not have talons like other birds of prey but has feet similar to parrots. The Tawny Frogmouths breed during spring and summer and lay two to four eggs which are incubated for one month. They feed on snails, arthropods, and small vertebrates. They are common throughout Australia and prefer wooded areas where they can find trees and open spaces to hunt from.

Eastern Yellow Robin

eastern yellow robin
Camera settings were : 1/400 second, f/5.6, ISO1600 with a 400 mm lens.

The Eastern Yellow Robin has a scientific name of Eopsaltria australis. They have a dark grey to black bill and dark eyes. The underparts are vivid yellow. The habitat of the Eastern Yellow Robin is wet open forest, woodlands, and coastal scrubland.

Pied Currawong

pied currawong
Camera settings were : 1/160 second, f/5.6, ISO1600 with a 400 mm lens.

The Pied Currawong has a scientific name of Strepera graculina. The Pied Currawong has a hooked bill with a yellow eye. They have a mainly black body with a distinctive white patch on the wings and under the tail. The size is from 41 to 51 centimetres and they have a habitat of open forest and woodlands.