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June 10, 2009

Galgabba 090609

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Bird Photography at Galgabba Point, 9th June, 2009.

On the way home from Canberra, I stopped in at Galgabba Point, at Swansea, on Lake Macquarie. I wandered down the the track and there was a Scarlet Honeyeater, all primed up in his prettiest red, posing and primping away for the camera.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater(Myzomela sanguinolenta)

There were a whole bunch of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flittering around in the trees as well. The weather was horrid with cloudy overcast skies that made the light very nasty indeed. I think I was on ISO1600 most of the time. There were also a number of Lewin’s Honeyeaters in the undergrowth as well.

This white-cheeked Honeyeater was carrying on like a prima donna, jumping up and down and flying in and out with a mouth full of insects.

White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater(Phylidonyris nigra)

I kept walking down the track, past the Bell Miner colony. The Noisy Friarbirds and the Scaly-breasted Lorikeets were squabbling and chasing each other around. Out at the lake there were a huge amount of black swans and a few pelicans. As I got to the end of the point, I disturbed the immature female White-bellied Sea-eagle that I had seen a few weeks ago. I was not watching and me monkey mind was going round and round thinking rubbish. I need to pay more attention and keep my eyes open.

Galgabba Point Bird Species List, 9/6/09

Scarlet Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Lewin’s HOneyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Bell Miner
Black Swan
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australian Pelican

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