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Bird Log August 29th 2008

I went for a trip to Galgabba Point which is just south of Swansea on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, Australia. I could not find a way to access the area so I went around to the area around Coon Island where there were lots of black swans, cormorants, egrets, etc. I then continued on to Green Point which is between Belmont and Valentine on Lake Macquarie. The reserve at Green Point has loads of rosellas, cockatoos, galahs, lorikeets, and various wattlebirds.

Bird Species List


Grey Fantail

grey fantail
Camera settings were : 1/80 second, f/86, ISO400 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Grey Fantail has a scientific name of Rhipidura albiscalpa(fuliginosa) and is found throughout Australia. The Grey Fantail feeds on insects such as flies, mosquitoes, moths, and are found in most wooded habitats. They are highly restless birds and it is difficult to get a photograph of one because they are constantly moving about. Their call is a series of ascending, tinkling whistles and squeaks. Click here to hear their call in mp3

Red Wattlebird

red wattlebird


The Red Wattlebird has a scientific name of Anthochaera carunculata. They are a large noisy honey eater that feed on nectar that they get by probing into flowers with their curved bill. Their distinctive feature is the red fleshy wattle on the side of their necks. The Red Wattlebird is distributed throughout most of the south of Australia and their habitat is forests and woodlands. They are a large bird with a size of about 40 centimetres.