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September 30, 2009

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography 090930

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 4:48 am

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography, 30th September, 2009.

I had not been to Belmont Lagoon for ages, it seemed. So this morning I went for a look-see. The first thing I saw as soon as I got out of the van was a Mallard. There were a bunch of Little Black Cormorants on the wires. Further on along the creek I saw a Brown Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Sacred Kingfisher and some White-cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on some lovely red bottle-brush.

White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Some Red-browed Finch were feeding along the track and about 8 Little Egrets, some in breeding plumage, were roosting on the top of the casuarina trees across the creek.

Little Egret
Little Egret (Ardea garzetta)

And, joy oh joy, the White-breasted Woodswallows are back. It must be spring. Hmm, I wonder where they went? I saw another juvenile Rufous Whistler this morning.

juvenile Rufous Whistler
juvenile Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris)

I saw a Sacred Kingfisher and further on I saw what I think is a Forest Kingfisher.

Forest Kingfisher ?
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

At the end of the creek, I turned right and a pair of Eastern Whipbird were calling and flittering around in a stand of trees. They were very active. Maybe they are courting. I got a couple of photos after a patient wait for them to stop still for just a second.

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

A Tawny Grassbird was making a racket. I must go and listen to its call so I can identify it better. A rabbit hopped over the road when I headed to the north, and later I watched a Red-bellied Black Snake wriggle across the road when I disturbed him having a sunbake. I am glad that I was making lots of noise as I walked up to him. Towards the end of the peninsular, some Caspian Terns were diving for fish. They were too far away for me to see what they were getting, but there were lots of mullet in the lagoon that I saw.

Belmont Lagoon bird list 30/9/09

Australian Pelican
Welcome Swallow
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Raven
Pacific Black Duck
White-browed Scrubwren
Laughing Kookaburra
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Masked Lapwing
Chestnut Teal
Silver Gull
Little Black Cormorant
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Sacred Kingfisher
Forest Kingfisher
Black Swan
Red-browed Finch
Yellow Thornbill
Little Egret in breeding plumage
White-breasted Woodswallow
Rufous Whistler immature
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Rosella
Tawny Grassbird
White-faced Heron
Caspian Tern
Common Myna

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