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November 9, 2012

Campbell Swamp – Griffith

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Campbell Swamp, Griffith.

Once again, back to Campbell’s Swamp. It had been raining for a few days, so the swamp level was a bit up. I spent most of my time in the grasslands next to the swamp.

Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)

This is a very common duck but a good look at the underside in flight of the Pacific Black Duck.

Swamp Harrier
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)

This is a good shot showing the white rump of the Swamp Harrier, a big help in identification.

White-winged Triller
White-winged Triller (Lelage sueurii)

This is an eclipse male. The male is black and white.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa)

Lots of helpful photos in the post. This one shows the spotted head of the Yellow-rumped Thornbill.

Blue-billed Duck
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis)

The female Blue-billed Duck has got a plain dark bill.

Hardhead
Hardhead (Aythya australis)

A good shot showing both male and female. The male has a white eye.

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Just as I was heading off, this pair swam past me. I had to take their photo.

Campbell Swamp bird list

Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Hardhead
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)
Whistling Kite
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-winged Triller (Lelage sueurii) eclipse male and male
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Mistletoebird
Cockatiel
Nankeen Kestrel
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Australian Reed-warbler
Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Chestnut Teal
Pink-eared Duck
Australian Pelican
Great Egret
Magpie-lark
Red-rumped Parrot
Variegated Fairy-wren

November 2, 2012

More Griffith Birding

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Campbell Swamp.

This morning I went back to Campbell Swamp again. It is a pretty good spot. I saw a lot of different birds there this time. Mainly because I went along the edge of the swamp in the grasslands.

Black Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)

Also called Sugamel niger. This Black Honeyeater is a young male I think. But then again it could be a female. I cannot find any immature male Black Honeyeater photos to tell me. Does anyone know?

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

This is the first Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater I have seen this year. They like a dry habitat of mallee, woodlands and open forests. They can be quite readily identified by their black and pink bill and white stripe under the eye.

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

These look like a bunch of young Yellow-throated Miner to me. They were all sitting on a branch having a conference, then they jumped up, had a great fight then flew back down again to roost all huddled up again.

Crested Pigeon
Crested Pigeon (Geohaps lophotes)

I tried to catch the colours in the wings. You can only see them when the sun is reflecting off them in the right angle. He looks like he has had a fright, doesn’t he?

Common Starling
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

I have been trying to get a decent photo of these very common birds for ages. They look really beautiful in the right light.

Plumed Whistling-Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

A big flock of Plumed Whistling-Duck flew over the swamp. The Straw-necked Ibis seem to fly over every morning and night on their way to and from some feeding grounds, I suppose.

Campbell Swamp bird list

Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)
Swamp Harrier
Straw-necked Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Superb Fairy-wren
White-breasted Woodswallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Australian Pelican
Black-tailed Native-hen
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes or Geohaps lophotes)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Austrlian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) male, breeding
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Chesnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

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