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October 18, 2009

Hunter Wetlands Centre Bird Photography 091018

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Hunter Wetlands Centre Bird Photography 18th October 2009.

This morning I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland. It was a very changeable day with clouds and sunny periods interspersed. There were lots of different water birds on the ponds when I went in such as Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot and a few different ducks like Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Wandering Whistling-ducks, Hardhead and Pacific Black Ducks. This Royal Spoonbill was in breeding plumage with the feathers coming from the nachal and the yellow above the eye.

Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

Along the track, I spotted some Super Fairy-wrens and a couple of White-cheeked Honeyeaters. They usually come really close. At one time one was sitting less than two metres away from me, so it was pointless trying to take a photo of him. This one was a bit further away but still too close to fit him all in, so I made a portrait out of this photo.

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

When I went along the most southern track, I saw this lovely little bird, a Grey Butcherbird, then suddenly got swooped by the other one. It happened about 3 times before I got the message and went away. They must have had a nest in that vicinity. Fair enough I reckon. I warned a lady about the Grey Butcherbird, but she forgot and got hit in the head by one of them. I told her.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

And then, just after I went over the bridge I saw this Buff-banded Rail right in front of me. He pecked around for a little while, and then another one came out of the reeds and did the same. At one time, they were not more than three metres from me. It was tops.

Buff-banded Rail
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)

And yet there was another interesting escapade. I spotted some juvenile Welcome Swallows sitting on a rope. They had white gapes around their beaks so that adult birds can find their mouths when feeding them in the dark when they are in the nest. The white or yellow marks around the beak fade quickly once the chicks are fledged.

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), newly fledged.

Hunter Wetlands Centre bird list 18/10/09

Little Egret
Intermediate Egret
Royal Spoonbill
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Wandering Whistling-duck
Pacific Black Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Dusky Moorhen
European Coot
Purple Swamphen
Buff-banded Rail
Australasian Grebe
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-winged Stilt
Masked Lapwing
Australian Pelican
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Australian Raven
Australian Magpie
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Whistling Kite
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow
Willy Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Spangled Drongo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Crested Pigeon

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