Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 24, 2010

Hunter Wetlands Centre

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:29 am

Hunter Wetlands Centre Bird Photography

24th January, 2010.

This morning I finally got out and about so I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre in Newcastle. It is always a good place to go because there is always something happening. There were ducks and Magpie Geese, coots and swamphen in the main ponds out in front of the visitors centre. But it was very dry, the ponds were almost empty of water. It was a bit strange after all the rain we have been having. A Nankeen Night Heron flew out of a she-oak and surprised me, lucky I was able to get a shot of it.

Nankeen Night Heron
Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax calendonicus)

On another ponds a whole heap of Cattle Egrets were congregating and feeding and giving off a nice reflection.

Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis)

Then I ran into a pair of baby egrets. I am not sure which type they were. They looked like they were lost and had been separated from their nest.

Baby Egret
baby egret

This egret was chasing something across the mud flats.

?? Egret
young egret

And this is a slightly older egret than the baby ones.

Cattle Egret I think ?
young egret

There were thousands of Cattle Egrets in the breeding colony. Lots of nests and baby egrets all over the place.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Hunter Wetlands Centre bird list

Pacific Black Duck
Australian White Ibis
Chestnut Teal
Eurasian Coot
Dusky Moorhen
Little Black Cormorant
Magpie Goose
Purple Swamphen
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Grey Teal
Willy Wagtail
Nankeen Night Heron
Royal Spoonbill
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Magpie
Noisy Miner
White-breasted Woodswallow
Olive-backed Oriole
Eastern Rosella
Australian Raven
Cattle Egret
Black-winged Stilt
Laughing Kookaburra
Common Myna
Crested Pigeon
Wandering Whistling Duck


  1. Fabulous shots Steve! The babies are adorable!

    Comment by Kerri — January 24, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  2. Nice. I like the egrets especially the young ones; is that breeding plumage in the adults (where did I read that?)?

    Comment by adam — January 25, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  3. Thanks Kerri, they are rather cute, hey?

    Adam, yes, the orange is breeding plumage for the Cattle Egret. They stick out like sore thumbs.


    Comment by admin — January 26, 2010 @ 7:39 am

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