Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 10, 2013

Kingscliff Birding

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Cudgen Creek.

The first shot is from Evans Head where I managed to get some shots of a pair of Masked Lapwing chicks.

Masked Lapwing chick
Masked Lapwing chick (Vanellus miles)

Cudgen Creek is at Kingscliff on the far north coast of New South Wales. I have been there previously a couple of years ago and it is a fantastic site for birding. It is almost winter and there are still quite a large variety of birds around here. And I never even ventured into the rain-forest section this time!

Pied Cormorant with fish
Pied Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax varius)

This Pied Cormorant was having a hard time swallowing this good sized fish. I do not know what it is – maybe some kind of rock cod. A Pelican was hanging around hoping that he would drop it. 🙂

Australasian Figbird
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)

These figbirds have a very distinctive red eye patch.

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

I have been trying for days to work out what these small honeyeaters were. They are about half the size of most of the other honeyeaters and have a yellow stripe going right through the eye. I hope I have got the identification right. They were hanging around the banksias along the river.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus)

There was a large flock around the mangroves along the creek. There must have been more than fifty Rainbow Bee-eaters hawking over the tops of the mangrove trees. I have never seen anything like it before.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

I cannot resist a shot of a Rainbow Bee-eater in flight.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

This Striated Heron got a fish. I have seen these birds in Malaysia where they are called Little Herons.

Cudgen Creek bird list

Little black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax varius)
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Turtle-dove
White-faced Heron
Masked Lapwing
Osprey
Pied Currawong
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Magpie-lark
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)
Rainbow Lorikeet
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Australian Pelican
Silver Gull
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Australian Crow
Willy Wagtail
Sulphur-crested White-cockatoo
Noisy Miner
Australian White Ibis
Galah
Australian Magpie
Crested Tern
Little Egret
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Whipbird
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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