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August 29, 2009

Canberra Bird Photography 090829

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Canberra Bird Photography, 29th August 2009.

This morning we got up early and went to the Jerabombera Wetlands off the end of Newcastle Street. The weather was a bit overcast but it looked like it might clear up and the sun would come out. When we got there to the wetlands it was looking very grey indeed. We saw a few rabbits and lots of rabbit holes near the hide. The rabbits really have made a big mess.

There were a few water birds in the pond – Grey Teal and Purple Swamphen but not much else. Some Superb Fairy-wrens were flittering around in the trees. After that fantastic start, it begins to rain, so we went home. When we got home there were a bunch of European Goldfinch in the trees around the apartments, so I got out the camera and took some photos of them.

European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) were introduced to Australia in the nineteenth Century. They are found mainly in settled areas, farm lands, gardens and parks. They eat smaller seeds and in summer they feed on insects as well. Their average size is about fourteen centimetres.

The other day at Cooma I saw a few Gang Gang Cockatoos in the park. I rushed off to get my camera but by the time I had got back they were gone and a gang of crows were ruling the roost. I suspect that the park was the territory of the Australian Ravens and had chased off the Gang-gangs. At Mount Selwyn there were copious Australian Ravens and Australian Magpies who were working the slopes and the car park. I also saw what were Scarlet Robins on the road above the snow line.

Canberra Bird List 29/8/09

Grey Teal
Superb Fairy-wren
Purple Swamphen
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Turtle-dove
European Goldfinch
Common Starling

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