Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 2, 2009

Hat Head NP 090627

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , , — steve_happ @ 11:01 pm

Bird Photography at Hat Head National Park, 27th June, 2009. am

I camped at Hungry Camp, which is a great little camp near the beach at Hungry Head. There were heaps of Rainbow Lorikeets and Little Wattlebirds. The Magpies stole my breakfast! I left the muesli unattended and they were into it when I returned. They are so cheeky, watch them! I went over to the swamp next to the camping area and saw this weird pigeon on a dead tree. It was a White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela) and it is new one for me. One tick for the whole trip so far.

White-headed Pigeon
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

After that, I went to The Gap and walked towards Connors Beach on the track. I saw some Australasian Gannets fishing. I think there was one adult and two immature birds. Here is an immature bird diving in for the kill.

Australasian Gannet
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Then, two Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus) came wheeling by, working the hill side. I was ecstatic! They soared over the ridges and then headed south towards Hungry Hill.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

As I got back to the car park at Korogoro Point, a Nankeen Kestrel roosted on a tree very close. So I obliged by take some lovely photos of him.

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Distracting me from this was a pair of very brightly coloured male Superb Fairy-wrens. I was told that there were also White-bellied Sea-eagles and Osprey around this area. So it is a top spot for raptors. This is a highly recommended spot and I will surely come back for an extended visit another time.

Hat Head NP Bird List 27/6/09

Little Wattlebird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian Magpie
White-headed Pigeon
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
Willy Wagtail
Australasian Gannet
Brahminy Kite
Nankeen Kestrel
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow

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