Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 27, 2013

Camden Haven Birding

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Kattang Nature Reserve.

Kattang Nature Reserve is a track that goes to Point Perpendicular at Camden Haven on the mid-North coast of New South Wales. It is typical coastal scrub with lots of banksias etc. I did not see much at first so I thought it was going to be a bit of a dud, but I happened across a few Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, so that made me happy.

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calpytorhynchus funereus)

The Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo has a very long tail with yellow panels. doh! They have a pink eye-ring and the female has a larger yellow cheek patch.

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calpytorhynchus funereus)

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

The Black-shouldered Kite likes open woodland and grassland. They are seen quite often around farmland with scattered trees. Theyu glide on raised wings and hover with their legs lowered and tail depressed. They drop on their prey feet-first with wings raised high over the back. They are very similar to the Nankeen Kestrel in their hunting behaviour. They eat mostly small rodents. They are common throughout Australia. (Source: “The Birds of Prey of Australia” by Stephen Debus.)

Dunbogan bird list

Little Wattlebird
Whipbird
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Black-shouldered Kite
White-browed Scrubwren
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Crested Pigeon

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