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May 18, 2009

Belmont Wetlands Bird Photography 090517

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Bird Photography at Belmont Wetlands, 17th May, 2009

This afternoon we went to Belmont Wetlands after Galgabba and Little Pelican. See the two previous posts for details. It was a big day. Belmont Wetlands is at the end of George street in Belmont and follows the old train line to Newcastle. The track goes through the old swamps that I used to wander around when I was a kid. Hopefully one day there will be a bicycle track on it that will go all the way from Newcastle to Belmont. At present the Fernleigh track only goes from Adamstown to Dudley and hopefully will be extended past Redhead to Belmont in the future.

But let’s get on with the birds that we saw. Here is a new bird for me, the White-throated Treecreeper, which feeds mainly on ants, as well as insects and nectar. They prefer a habitat of eucalypt forests and open woodlands.

White-throated Treecreeper
White-throated Treecreeper(Climacteris leucophaeus)

The Scarlet Honeyeater is distributed throughout Eastern Australia. They have a habitat of coastal and range forests and usually follow the flowering trees.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater(Myzomela sanguinolenta)

Scarlet Honeyeaters probe at flowers for nectar with its long slender beak while they are in mid-flight.

Scarlet Honeyeater

Bird Species List, Belmont Wetlands, 17/5/09

White-throated Treecreeper
Scarlet Honeyeater
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Silvereye
Brown Thornbill

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