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May 10, 2009

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography 090510

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 10:54 pm

Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon, 10th May, 2009

This afternoon, after all the rain of the morning, I went to Belmont Lagoon, which is just next to the ocean, and is fresh water, feeding into Cold Tea Creek at Belmont South, which goes into Lake Macquarie, which is in turn connected to the sea, via the Swansea Channel. So, you see, it does eventually get to the ocean. But in a roundabout way. But, I digress. As soon as I got out of the car, I saw a couple of Spangled Drongos just behind a couple of houses in a tree.

Spangled Drongo

The Spangled Drongo(Dicrurus bracteatus) frequents jungle and open forest. They are migratory, arriving from the north during October and leaving in March. Some birds go to South-eastern New south wales in autumn and winter, whilst others remain in the north all the year. Insects from the main bulk of the bird’s diet which they catch in flight. The bristles around the base of the bill assist in catching insects by guiding them into the open bill.

Spangled Drongo

I walked on to the end of the road and then turned right, towards Belmont South. Usually I turn left and head towards Jewels. I saw a White-bellied Sea-eagle in the distance but it was too far away. This one looked very large. There were a few Spotted Turtle Doves on the wires and a mob of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters scampering through the trees. On the way back I saw some Southern Emu-wrens(Stipiturus malachurus) in a casuarina tree. This one here is a female. The male was on the other side of the tree and did not come out into the open, I only have a blurry shot of a male in the background of a couple of photographs.

Southern Emu-wren

The Southern Emu-wren lives mainly in swampy heathlands and feeds on insects. Their nest is oval with a side-entrance near the top. They are of the Family: Maluridae and Order: Passeriformes.

Southern Emu-wren

This Great Egret(Ardea alba) was fishing in Cold Tea Creek as I walked back. There were quite a few fish in the creek, jumping around. they were probably mullet, as it is a breeding area for mullet in the lagoon. Here, this Egret is having a good go at a fish.

Great Egret

And this is what the Egret managed to catch – a rather small mullet, I presume. But its pretty good fishing on his part. Well done, Mr Egret.

Great Egret

Sources:
centennialparklands.com.
What Bird is That, N W Cayley.

Bird Species List, Belmont Lagoon, 10/5/09

Great Egret
Spangled Drongo
Silver Gull
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Grey Fantail
Black Swan
Superb Fairy-wren
Southern Emu-wren
Spotted Turtle-Dove

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