Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 3, 2009

Hat Head NP 090629

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 7:13 am

Bird Photography at Hat Head National Park, 29th June, 2009.

I drove from Sawtell to Jerseyville on the western side of the Macleay River. There were a few trawlers on the other side of the river. The bar must be deep at South West Rocks for them to be able to get out to sea. Before sunrise I drove to Smoky Cape Lighthouse and then I went to Smoky Camp. There was not much happening so I drove to Hat Head and walked the Connors Beach Track hoping to see some Brahminy Kites.

The Australian Gannets were fishing. I saw a couple of whales spouting and coming out of the water. I think they were humpbacks. Looking south to Hungry Head I saw a massive number of Gannets wheeling in a circle and dive-bombing like stukas. They would fly round in a circle and then dive bomb again. There must have been nearly a hundred of them. Sometimes ten or so were diving at one time. They were just peeling off one after another. It was spectacular! I then went along the Korogoro Point walk and saw a White-bellied Sea-eagle.

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

Then an Osprey came along and the White-bellied Sea-eagle was not impressed and they had a bit of an altercation. Luckily no animals were harmed in the photography of these animals. 🙂

White-bellied Sea-eagle and Osprey
Osprey and White-bellied Sea-eagle

Hat Head Bird Species List 29/6/09

Australasian Gannet
Crested Tern
White-faced Heron
White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Brown Thornbill
Silver Gull
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow

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