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May 30, 2009

Hunter Wetlands Centre 090530

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Bird Photography at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 30th May, 2009.

This afternoon I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland. The weather has been horrible all week and today has been my first chance to get out to photograph some birds. There was not many birds around and it rained a couple of times while I was out and about. There were the usual waterbirds such as Magpie Goose, Eurasian Coot, Purple swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, and Australasian Grebes.

The good old reliable Whistling Kites were circling about looking for something to gobble down.

Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite(Haliastur sphenurus)

There was a pair of Whistling Kites sitting on dead trees at the south western end of the egret breeding pond. Here is one of them.

Whistling Kite

There was also a scraggly looking Common myna sitting on one of the trees. These birds are considered a pest in Australia and are not very well liked.

Common Myna
Common Myna(Acridotheres tristis)

I thought I saw a Brahminy Kite through the trees but I could not tell for sure and it did not come back. I have been wanting a good photograph of one of them for ages. One day, my Brahminy Kite will come. I ended my outing with a nice long black coffee at the cafe.

Bird Species List, 30/5/09

Dusky Moorhen
Australasian Grebe
Australian Pelican
Whistling Kite
Noisy Miner
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Swamp Harrier
Common Myna
Australian White Ibis
Magpie Goose
Eurasian Coot
Purple Swamphen

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