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February 16, 2010

Goulburn River – Shepparton

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Goulburn River – Shepparton

This morning I took a walk along the Goulburn River near the football oval at Shepparton. It was quite dark this morning and I had great difficulties getting any shots because there just wasn’t enough light. First up, a flock of Straw-necked Ibis flew over head in V formation, no doubt headed to some paddock to root around for some grubs or insects. There were a bunch of Galahs and Australian Magpies on the footy field, pecking away for some tidbits. Down on the river bank, these Sulphur-crested Cockatoos were having a drink off a log over the river.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita)

I spotted a couple of Azure Kingfishers on a log over the river as well. They were fishing and darting into the water but I could not see if they caught anything. It was so dark, I had the flash on them but they came out all blurry. Azure Kingfishers have red feet, whilst sacred Kingfishers have greyish coloured feet. That is a good way to distinguish them, because sometimes the Sacred Kingfishers have a bit of a buff colouration on the chests or flanks. I kept on spotting some black birds on the banks of the river, but could not get a shot, as they were too flighty and I could hardly see them, let alone take a photo. I also spotted this very young Laughing Kookaburra. He must have just got his flying licence, I reckon.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

After that, not much else. Just a mob of Rainbow Lorikeets and a Spotted Pardalote sunning himself on a branch when the sun came out. It was pretty slim pickings along the Goulburn River this morning, I’m afraid. 🙁

Goulburn River, Shepparton Bird List

Straw-necked Ibis
Noisy Miner
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian Magpie
Galah
Azure Kingfisher
Superb Fairy-wren
Pacific Black Duck
Rainbow Lorikeet
Spotted Pardalote

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