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April 24, 2013

Forster Birding

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Wallis Lake, Mid-north Coast.

Some birds from Forster, which is on Wallis Lake, situated at the Mid-north Coast of New South Wales. This is where the lake empties into the sea.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)

I think this one is a non-breeding male or a young Caspian Tern because it does not have the full black top of the head. They are a rather large tern with a stout red bill. They are found in most continents all over the world. Their habitats are coastal areas, lakes, and large rivers. They feed on small fish that they catch by diving.

Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)

There were three Pied Cormorant flying over the bridge. They are restricted to mainland Australia with some in New Zealand. Their habitat is coastal and inland bodies of water. They feed by diving under the water and chasing fish under the water. You can often see them spreading their wings to dry on shores.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

This Osprey had been hanging on a light on the bridge for days. After I took these shots, it flew to a huge pine tree on the side of the lake, where a young one waited, screaming out to be fed.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Ospreys are distributed throughout most of the world. They feed mostly on fish, which they catch by plunging from above and grasping them in their talons and flying off to a roost, where they are eaten.

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