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
Pied Currawong
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
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
Australian Magpie
Crested Tern
Little Egret
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Whipbird
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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