Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 10, 2012

Forbes Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 12:51 am

Gum Swamp.

On the way past Forbes, I spied a sign that said Bird Hide, so I veered off and had a look. It was Gum Swamp. It is about four kilometers south of Forbes on the Newell Highway going to West Wyalong.

Gum Swamp
Early morning swamp-scape

There was this massive nest right in the middle of the swamp. It was strange to see White-bellied Sea-eagles hundreds of kilometers from the sea. There were two babies and two adults.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliastur leucogaster)

At first I thought these Yellow-billed Spoonbill were ibis but one look at the bill could tell me what they were.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Black-inged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt (Himantops himantops)

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel (Charadrius melanops)

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

Forbes bird list

White-bellied Sea-eagle
Grey Teal
Eurasian Coot
Sacred Kingfisher
White-plumed Honeyeater
Purple Swamp-hen
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Little Pied Cormorant
Willy Wagtail
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-winged Stilt
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Little Friarbird
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Pacific Black Duck
Laughing Kookaburra
Black Swan
Noisy Miner
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Magpie

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