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May 22, 2010

Bicentennial Gardens Ballina

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 1:03 am

Birding at Bi-centennial Gardens in Ballina

The Bicentennial Gardens is just north of Ballina on the Pacific Highway, about 2 kilometers past the lights at Ballina Fair. There is a billabong just next to the car park and there were a mob of Dusky Moorhen with some chicks. They seemed quite tame and I think people have been feeding them. I took a few photos of the chicks and this one is quite nice with the backlighting.

Dusky Moorhen chick
Dusky Moorhen chick (Gallinula tenebrosa)

And here is an adult.

Dusky Moorhen
adult Dusky Moorhen

I took a walk around the gardens and saw some Rainbow Lorikeets and a Pied Butcherbird in the trees. Around the billabong was a track through the paperbark swamp and I spotted some White-browed Scrubwren, Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey Fantail and Lewin’s Honeyeater. On the way back past the billabong some Australian White Ibis came very close to me so I took some shots while I had the chance.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

In this photo you can see their naked ears, nostrils and the pink bands across the back of the neck. They look a bit scary I reckon.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis

Bicentennial Gardens bird list

Dusky Moorhen
Noisy Miner
Australian White Ibis
Australian Raven
Rainbow Lorikeet
Pied Butcherbird
Cattle Egret
Australian Magpie
Welcome Swallow
Australasian Figbird
White-browed Scrubwren
Eastern Yellow Robin
Grey Fantail
Lewin’s Honeyeater


  1. Wonderful close up pics.


    Comment by Dan Huber — May 22, 2010 @ 1:11 am

  2. Wow! How cute is that moorhen chick? VERY! Great captures, all of them.

    Comment by Debbie Miller @HooootOwl — May 22, 2010 @ 2:18 am

  3. Thank you dan and debbie.

    those ibis look really prehistoric to me. They remind me of pterodactyls or something similar.


    Comment by admin — May 23, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

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