Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 8, 2009

Canberra Bird Photography 1

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 9:11 am

5th June, 2009, Midday. Mooney Mooney.

I stopped at Mooney Mooney rest area by the side of the Hawkesbury River on the way to Canberra. I needed to rest the engine so I had half an hour to wait. There were not many birds around – just a couple of silver gulls on the river bank. I walked around the edge of the river along the mangroves, then saw what looked like a Banded Lapwing. So I went back to get the camera and took some photos of what turned out to be a pair of Masked Lapwings. The spurs on one of the birds was very prominent, so that was an interesting thing.

Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing(Vanellus miles)

There wasn’t much else around, just some cockatoos over on the far side of the river flying around. So I walked back to the car park, taking a photo of this oyster boat riding past. I filled up with water, checked the oil and set off over the bridge towards Sydney and Canberra.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra. 7th June, 2009. am

This morning I went to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, which is near Fyshwick. You can get to it by going off the Monaro Highway at Newcastle Street, and then going down Dairy Road. We parked at the car park right at the end and then went to the left to the Bittern Hide. There were a few Purple Swamphens and Eurasian Coots with a couple of swans.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill(Acanthiza chrysorrhoa).

There were a lot of rabbits bouncing around and there were lots of rabbit holes in the ground. There were almost as many Superb Fairy-wren as rabbits – they were everywhere.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater(Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

I walked back to the car park and spotted a few Yellow-rumped Thornbills cavorting around in the thistles in the next door paddock. You could spot their yellow rumps quite clearly when they were fluttering around from one thistle bush to another. After that I went right and crossed a creek and saw an Australasian Grebe and in the bush there were Superb Fairy-wrens, Red-browed Finches, Red Wattlebirds, and New Holland Honeyeaters.

Red Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird(Anthochaera carnunculata)

The weather was not the best but at least we saw the sun in patches from time to time.

Jerrabomberra Bird Species List, 7/6/09

New Holland Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Black Swan
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Australasian Grebe
Red-browed Finch
Red Wattlebird
Australian Raven

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