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July 18, 2009

Belmont Lagoon 090718

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Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon, 18th July, 2009.

Its been a few days since I have been able to get out and photograph some birds, but this morning was a beautiful sunny day with little to no wind. I took off down to Belmont Lagoon. I haven’t been there for a while, so it was good to get back there. There was a Little Pied Cormorant perched on the wire, drying out his wings, a few Galahs flew by in the distance, and there were a bunch of Yellow Thornbills and Brown Thornbills flittering around the casuarina trees along Cold Tea Creek. I went right after I got to the end of the Cold Tea Creek track and I saw a few Southern Emu-wren but never got a chance to photograph one, they were moving around too much for me to get focus on them.

But there were quite a few New Holland Honeyeaters in this area as well. I thought they were White-cheeked Honeyeaters at first because they are more common in this area. But I had a closer look and they had the white eyes which pretty well gives the game away for the New Holland Honeyeaters.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

I saw a few rabbits hopping around. It would be a good idea to get rid of them somehow I reckon. But, how? I followed the track towards the left, going north, towards the Belmont Wetlands and took the track to the east of it. I was looking out for any raptors in the dead trees in the swamp, but there were none at all around today. Just a lonely Spotted Turtle-dove hanging out on the wire. I thought it was a White-headed Pigeon at first because he was so light, but as soon as I saw the spots around his neck, I knew what he was. The Spotted Turtle-dove is also known as the Chinese Turtle-dove or the Indian Turtle-dove.

Spotted Turtle-dove
Spotted Turtle-dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

I went back along Cold Tea Creek and saw a flock of Red-browed Finch feeding on the grasses at the side of the track.

Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)

Nearly back at the car and there was a Great Egret and a Darter sitting on the pipe that goes across the creek. And the usual Australian Wood Duck. After that I went for a surf at Blacksmiths and had a great day in the sun. What a beautiful day!

Belmont Lagoon Bird Species List, 18/7/09

Little Pied Cormorant
Yellow Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Red-browed Finch
Little Wattlebird
Southern Emu-wren
New Holland Honeyeater
Spotted Turtle-dove
Great Egret
Australian Wood Duck

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