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August 17, 2009

Hat Head NP Bird Photography 090811

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 2:45 am

Connors Track, Hungry Head, Hat Head National Park, 11th August 2009.

After driving to Hat Head from Crescent Head, I camped at Hungry Head Camping Area. It is quite a popular little spot. After an early breakfast up at Hungry Head, I wandered down Connors Track, which goes all the way to The Gap which is at Korogoro Point. It would have to be one of the most scenic walks on the coast. It is very spectacular.

I was hoping to see raptors – Brahminy Kites especially, and also White-bellied Sea-eagles and maybe an Osprey or two, but I saw zero. And I was also hoping to see Australasian Gannets diving for fish but again, no dice. But I did manage to see a few kangaroos on the way. There was a pretty big north easterly swell running along with a nor’easter wind, so that may have had something to do with it. The track wanders through quite a few different habitats – from Banksia, to heath and some scattered rainforest-like sections. There were a couple of little soak streams running down the hills towards the ocean, and at one pool some Silvereyes were having a drink and a bath.

Silvereyes bathing
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

I think this Spangled Drongo had just had a bath in the same stream as the Silvereyes.

Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

As per usual, just as I reached the car and getting ready to put away the camera, there was a couple of Bar-shouldered Doves perched on a branch right next to my parked car. It always happens.

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humrealis)

Korogoro Point Track

After that, I had a look at Korogoro Point to see if there were any Ospreys fishing, but there were none. I did happen to see an Eastern Reef Egret fly in from the point and hung out in the rocks by the sheltered creek. By that time the nor’easter was really howling.

Hat Head bird List 11/8/09

Australian Magpie
Little Wattlebird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Spangled Drongo
Grey Fantail
Bar-shouldered Dove
Australasian Gannet
Eastern Yellow Robin
Silver Gull
Australian Pelican
Brown Thornbill
Eastern Reef Egret


  1. Those Silvereyes look like they are getting dirtier. 😉
    Nice shot of the Drongo too.


    Comment by myoung400 — August 17, 2009 @ 6:21 am

  2. ha ha. well it was the only water around, except the ocean.. 🙂

    Comment by admin — August 17, 2009 @ 8:31 am

  3. Gday Steve,

    Just wondering if you can identify a bird Ive seen a few times near the surf club at hat head.
    I was recently up there earlier in Dec 15 and noticed a bird about the same size or slightly larger as a wattle bird but slightly more greener in colour but it had a distinct Orange Fleshy/skin like surround almost flower shape around its eyes.

    Im guessing it was some type of honey eater but I can’t find any photos or even remotely a description on the net.
    Can you assist in telling me perhaps what you believe the bird type is?



    Comment by D Nichols — December 26, 2015 @ 11:54 am

  4. Hello mate.
    hard to say and I do not have my book to hand.
    but from memory. here are a few guesses..
    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
    Australasian Figbird
    Regent Honeyeater

    Hopefully one of those might be what you saw… my guess is a figbird or a regent honeyeater…


    Comment by admin — December 27, 2015 @ 12:13 am

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