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Bird Log September 21st 2008

Today I went to photograph some birds at Ash Island on the Hunter River from about 7am to 10am. The weather was sunny and at 10am the temperature was 24 degrees Celsius. The wind was a light ten knots or less from the west. I parked at the car park at the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Milham Road and followed the track West through the regenerated woods. At the wetlands section there is a boardwalk which takes you across the swampy waters to the road that leads to Scotts Point. It is a fabulous walk and the regeneration that has taken place is tremendous - they are doing a wonderful job there planting trees.

Bird Species List

Silvereye

silvereye
Camera settings were : 1/2000 second, f/5.6, ISO200 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The Silvereye has a scientific name of Zosterops lateralis and is a passerine bird. They breed in spring and early summer mainly between September to December and lay 2 to 4 pale blue eggs which are incubated by both parents in about 10 to 13 days. The silvereye has a black bill with a faint bluish base. The most distinctive feature is a bold white eye-ring. Their size is a small 12 centimetres and they live in all types of habitat, including orchards and gardens. Each year many silvereyes migrate from Tasmania and Southern Victoria north to areas around southern Queensland. They feed on insects, nectar, fruit, and seeds.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

yellow-faced honeyeater
Camera settings were : 1/400 second, f/5.6, ISO200.

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater has a scientific name of Lichenostomus chrysops. They are a grey-brown colour above and a bit paler below. The distinctive feature of the yellow-faced honeyeater is a black bordered yellow facial stripe. Their size is from 15 to 17 centimetres. Their habitat is open woodlands and gardens. Each autumn many yellow-faced honeyeaters fly north along the Great Dividing Range for the winter. They feed on insects, nectar, and breed from July to March having 2 or 3 light pink blotchy eggs. They incubate the eggs for around 14 days.