Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 23, 2018

Ararat Western Victoria Birds

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Green Hill Lake – Ararat

I took off from Skipton yesterday and spent the night at Lake Bolac. The wind was howling and there was some rain, so it was very nasty. The next morning I hightailed it to Ararat and spent most of the day at the library. The wind was still nasty and yucky. In the morning the wind had died down so I went for a walk around Green Hill Lake where I camped for the night.

Freckled Duck
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)

First time I have seen one of these. I have been looking for one for years.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

I think this is a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. I will ask the experts. Edit: the experts said yes.

Brown-headed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)

Last seen in the far west of New South Wales, I think.

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Yellow Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana modesta)

Long-billed Corella
Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris)

There were big mobs of Long-billed Corella in the paddocks.

Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen tyrannica)

This is the southern race, tyrannica, also known as the White-backed Magpie for obvious reasons.

White-headed Stilt
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)

Hardhead - male
male Hardhead (Aythya australis)

The white eye gives away the male Hardhead.

Ararat bird list

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
Silver Gull
Black Swan
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Eurasian Coot
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen tyrannica)
Red Wattlebird
Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris)
Crimson Rosella
White-plumed Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana modesta)

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