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May 24, 2009

Kooragang 090524

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:09 am

Bird Photography at Kooragang Island 24th may, 2009.

This morning I headed out looking for the Brahminy Kite, again. I did not see one, but saw an Osprey. The photos were a bit far off, but. Nevertheless, I had a great day and some some unexpected birds in some unexpected places. I started off at the eastern end of Kooragang Island. I just parked there and waited for something to come along, birds that is. and hey presto, this immature White-bellied Sea-eagle came flying past with a big fish in its talons. He was also getting harassed by an Australian Magpie. I am guessing the the magpie was trying to make him drop it, so he could steal the fish.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle(Haliaeetus leucogaster)

I saw a Nankeen Kestrel on a light in the distance, so I set off to get a bit closer. The kestrel stayed there until I got there and I took some photos of him roosting on the light. A couple of the shots were set against this industrial backdrop and they looked real ironic. But here is the one on the light.

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel(Falco cenchroides)

I walked back to the car, and saw a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike who were sitting on a mustard seed bush next to the river. It was weird and pretty well unexpected. And then I got a shot of one of them in flight. Even weirder.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike(Coracina novaehollandiae)

And there were a few Golden-headed Cisticola in the bushes, so I had to take some photos. This one was having a big whinge and hanging on to two branches all at once, count them, one two.

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola(Cisticola exilis)

I then went over the bridge to Stockton Sandspit and had a walk around. There were the same Eastern Curlews and Bar-tailed Godwits as yesterday. They are probably first year birds that are going to winter here in Australia and are not going to Siberia. It seems that the young ones do not migrate to Siberia until they are a couple of years old and ready to breed. It makes sense I suppose. There is not much sense flying all the way to Siberia if you aint gonna get a bit of loving. There were a few Brown Honyeaters in the mangroves at the northern end of the sandspit.

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater(Lichmera indistincta)

I did manage to see a Whimbrel for the first time, and I spied the Osprey but it was too far away for a decent photograph.

Bird Species List, 24/5/09

LIttle Wattlebird
Superb Fairy-wren
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Masked Lapwing
White-faced Heron
Australian Magpie
Nankeen Kestrel
Eastern Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Golden-headed Cisticola
Brown Honeyeater
Sacred Kingfisher
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Crested Tern
Yellow Thornbill


  1. Fantastic work seeing the Sea eagle with a fish. I am jealous as hell now. Where were you lurking to see these? under the bridge on the boat ramp side near the dykes or on the other side???

    Comment by lucky - BOz — May 25, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  2. hi lucky,

    I was on the far eastern side of the kooragang island. about half a kilometer south of the bridge..
    just opposite the boat ramp at stockton.

    There was quite a few birds around there surprisingly as it is an industrial area..

    kestrel, cuckoo-shrike, herons, lapwings, cisticolas – is what i saw in that area..


    Comment by admin — May 25, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

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