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May 28, 2009

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photos 090528

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 2:59 am

Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon, 28th May, 2009.

This morning I went to Belmont Lagoon, which is just near Lake Macquarie, and feeds into it from Cold Tea Creek at Belmont South. Heading up along the creek, I saw a little egret trying to sit on the top of this casuarina tree and not being very successful, because it just bent, of course. Then I was hearing this cheep cheep sound and spied an Azure Kingfisher through the trees. I took a very blurry and dark photo and tried to get closer, even walking in the lagoon in my gum boots, but did not see him again. I would really love to get a decent photo of an Azure Kingfisher. One day, for sure.

But I did get a decent shot of a Spangled Drongo perched on a telegraph wire. There have been a few around lately.

Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo(Dicrurus bracteatus)

There were a few other birds on the way down the creek such as Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, a shag on a stick, Superb Fairy-wrens, and a few White-cheeked HOneyeaters, as well as mobs of the usual Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. Then I spied a pair of Little Wattlebirds playing around, arguing and singing to each other. It was quite humorous.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird(Anthochaera chrysoptera)

And here is one having a good old singalong.

Little Wattlebird

I went to the right at the end of the track, looking for some Southern Emu-wren, but no success. I came back and then went left towards the peninsula that juts into Belmont Lagoon. There were heaps of Red-browed Finch with a lot of Juveniles amongst them. A Black-shouldered Kite flew past and then I spotted this White-faced Heron having a meal of a lizard.

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron(Egretta novaehollandiae)

Bird Species List, Belmont Lagoon, 28/5/09

Little Egret
Azure Kingfisher
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Pied Cormorant
Spangled Drongo
White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-faced Heron
Little Wattlebird
Yellow-faced HOneyeater
Grey Butcherbird
Red-browed Finch
Black-shouldered Kite
Australian White Ibis
Australian Wood Duck

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