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February 25, 2009

Bird Photography Belmont Lagoon 090225

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Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon. 25th February, 2009.

This morning I went to Belmont Lagoon to do some more bird photography. I have been going four mornings in a row. I did want to do some surfing photography the other day but it was not very good, so I just carried on to Redhead Lagoon. Well this morning I finally got a photo of a Striated Heron(Butorides striatus). This has been my third trip here without a photo of this bird but today I finally cracked it. Its not very good, not sharp and it is noisy, but it is a photo.

Striated Heron

I made my way along the lagoon edge and along the sand dunes I saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater and a Little Wattlebird or two. There was a White-bellied Sea-eagle roosting on a dead tree in the middle of a swamp. Also roosting on dead trees were a white-faced heron and a cormorant. This young Grey Butcherbird was singing a song for me as I headed back towards the peninsula.

Grey Butcherbird

There were a heap of Red-browed Finch along the road and in the trees.

Red-browed Finch

And once again i came upon a White-cheeked honeyeater. These are becoming quite common to see in coastal heathlands. Maybe that is their main habitat.

White-cheeked Honeyeater

An Azure Kingfisher flashed past me going along the creek, I managed to get a shot off, but it was blurred. Too bad. As ever, the White-breasted Woodswallows were posing quite well. They are the attention seekers, aren’t they?

White-breasted woodswallow

And the Little Wattlebirds were making their usual raucous calls. I am beginning to really like these birds.

Little Wattlebird

And that was it for the day. I processed all the photos up and there they were, the best ones for your viewing enjoyment! 🙂

Click here for Little Wattlebird Call in mp3

Belmont Lagoon Bird Species List, 25/2/09

Spotted Turtle-dove
White-faced Heron
Striated Heron
White-breasted woodswallow
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Little Wattlebird
Red-browed Finch
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Azure Kingfisher
Black Swan

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