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October 18, 2009

Ash Island Bird Photography 091019

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Ash Island Bird Photography, 19th October, 2009.

The Baillon’s Crake decided to come out into the sun today. The last time was all overcast and spitting with rain. So today I got some good light. When I got there at the first corner at Ash Island, Robert was already there having a look. He said that the Black-tailed Native-hen had made an appearance earlier. As soon as he left to go to work the Baillon’s Crake came out of hiding. Thanks, Robert. 🙂

Baillon's Crake
Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla)

Robert also pointed out a Little Grassbird to me, so that was good because I now have a faint idea of what the differences are between the Australian Reed-warbler and the Little Grassbird, and also the Golden-headed Cisticola, which I saw later. Well, I think it is a young one and it is having a massive whinge – what a brat! 😉

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

After the corner I went down to where the radar stations are and found absolutely nothing. Going out again I thought I spotted something that looked like a Koel so I stopped and went looking for it but could not find the scally wag. I heard what I thought was an owl but I think they only turned out to be some pigeons. I am getting sucked in a lot by these mimics lately. 🙁

The Baillon’s Crake was back at the corner pond on the way out so I took some more photos of it. Here he is having a good old scratch. Maybe he had some wax in his ears. “What’s that? I can’t hear you. Speak up.”

What's that? I can' hear you, I have wax in my ear.
Baillon’s Crake

I did happen to see the Black-tailed Native-hen, but it was a very quick glimpse and then it was back off again into the reeds.

Ash Island bird list 19/10/09

Chestnut Teal
Little Grassbird
Superb Fairy-wren
Baillon’s Crake
pacific Black Duck
Australian White Ibis
Australian Magpie
Black-tailed Native-hen
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Reed-warbler
Common Starling
White-faced Heron
Willy wagtail
Grey Fantail
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Masked Lapwing
Fairy Martin
Royal Spoonbill
Purple Swamphen
Australian Raven
Black-tailed Native-hen
Laughing Kookaburra

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