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August 22, 2009

Ash Island Bird Photography 090822

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Ash Island Bird Photography 22nd August 2009.

This morning I went on the monthly Ash Island Wader Survey with Neville. We started at 9 am to co-incide with the high tide that was at 9:30am at a height of 1.59 metres. The morning was mostly overcast with the sun coming out occasionally. At 2pm the temperature was 19 degrees Celsius. We started off at Scotts Point, spotting a few Australian White Ibis and Chestnut Teal. I spotted an immature White-bellied Sea-eagle being harassed by a crow. I have been wondering lately why the raptors do not strike out when being attacked by crows. And why they get attacked. I know magpies will attack raptors who come into their territory when they have young ones.

We checked the water holes along the way and came back onto Milham Road and had a look at Milham Ponds, where there were a few White-faced Herons. Coming in around the other side of Milhams Pond we saw a pair of Red-kneed Dotterels on the southern side. There was very little on Phoenix Flats, just a pair of Masked Lapwings and some Red-capped Plovers. We went back to Milham Road, past Melaleuca Swale, and followed the Hunter River to get onto Ramsar Road. On Teal Waters there were some Chestnut Teals and Black Swans, and around the back past Chat Flats there was nothing. Usually there are some White-fronted Chats there, but more about them later.

We went down Wagtail Way past the Swan Pond which had a couple of Black Swans on it but not much else, except some Black-winged Stilts over the other side. Around the other side we went, where we saw a Swamp Harrier and possibly a Brown Goshawk near Bittern Corner. And that was it for Ash Island.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

We met up with the other wader surveyors at Stockton Sandspit and I managed to get some shots of a Black-shouldered Kite who was hovering over the sandspit. And that was it for the day – not many waders but a great day out, and thanks very much to Neville. 🙂

Ash Island bird list 22/8/09

Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Australian Magpie
Chestnut Teal
Great Egret
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Willy Wagtail
Grey Fantail
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brown Falcon
Swamp Harrier
Nankeen Kestrel
Brown Goshawk (?)
White-faced Heron
Welcome Swallow
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Red-browed Finch
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Rosella
Pied Butcherbird
Crested Pigeon
Masked Lapwing
Australian Pipip
Red-kneed Dotterel
Pacific Black Duck
Striated Heron
Black Swan
Common Starling
Royal Spoonbill
Purple Swamphen
Black-winged Stilt
White-fronted Chat
Golden-headed Cisticola

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