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Bird Log 12th August 2008

Today I went to the Awabakal Nature Reserve in Dudley at Newcastle. The weather was sunny and the wind was from the west to north west at about ten to fifteen knots. The temperature at about ten am was approximately 15 to 16 degrees Celsius. There were a pair of Pacific Black Ducks near the football oval when I got out of the car. I only just went down the path towards the redhead lagoon and there were heaps of fairy-wrens around. I later had them identified as Variegated Fairy-wren. There were lots of them around as well as some red-browed finches. I did not even make it down to the lagoon I was having such a good time.

Bird Species List

Red-browed Finch

red-browed finch
Camera settings were : 1/1250 second, f/5.6, ISO400, Aperture Priority, with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Red-browed Finch has a scientific name of Neochmia temporalis. It is also commonly called a Red-browed Firetail. The red-browed finch has a high-pitched piercing "seee" voice. They also have short cone-shaped bills and feet with three toes facing forwards and one facing back-wards. This bird pictured here is feeding on grass seeds which they crush with their strong beaks. They are commonly found in temperate forests and dry scrubby habitats.

Variegated Fairy-wren

variegated fairy-wren
Camera settings were : 1/1600 second, f/5.6, ISO400, Aperture Priority, with a 400 mm lens.

The Variegated Fairy-wren has a scientific name of Malurus lamberti. They have a black bill with a mid-blue crown and mantle. The variegated Fairy-wren has paler blue ear covers. It is very similar to the lovely fairy-wren which lives in the far north east of Queensland. The bird above is a breeding male which is brightly coloured with a shoulder patch of rich chestnut. Their size is from 12 to 14 centimetres including the long blue-grey tail. The variegated fairy-wren feeds on insects and some seeds. The usually feed around the base of small shrubs and seldom come out into the open. Their habitat is scrubby country and open forests.