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July 4, 2009

Hunter Wetlands Centre 090704

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 9:54 am

Bird Photography at Hunter Wetlands Centre 4th July, 2009.

This morning I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland here in Newcastle. As soon as I got in the grounds there was a pair of Eastern Spinebill feeding on the red bottle brush. A White-cheeked Honeyeater got in on the act and shooed them off. A male Superb Fairy-wren pottered around on the ground underneath the tree in full breeding plumage.

Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

In the ponds there were a pair of Little Egrets as well as the standard Magpie Goose, Eurasian Coot, Purple Swamphen and Dusky Moorhen. I walked around the Egret Breeding ponds and looked for some raptors but all I could see was possibly a Swamp Harrier flying low through the trees. There were a few ducks like the Pacific Black Duck, Hardhead, Grey Teal and Masked Shoveler. Also on the water were Australasian Grebes, Little Black Cormorant, Little Pied Cormorant and Black Swan.

White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)

There were quite a lot of Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) and some were all huddled up together. I do not know what they were doing, maybe making nests or breeding or something. Some of them also had pink patches at the back of their heads. Hmm, maybe they were not making nests, it is a bit early yet in July. I have no idea.

male Superb Fairy-wren
male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Hunter Wetlands Centre Bird List 04/07/09

Eastern Spinebill
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Egret
Eurasian Coot
Magpie Goose
Pacific Black Duck
Black Swan
Masked Lapwing
Australasian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Australasian Grebe
Little Black Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Crested Pigeon

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