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May 27, 2013

Lake Cathie Birds

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Mid-north Coast Birding.

Lake Cathie is situated half-way between Port Macquarie and Laurieton on the coast of New South Wales. There is a lake that empties out into the ocean that is surrounded by coastal heath and swampy ti-tree country.

Common Tern
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

These Common Terns were fishing in the lake, close to where the entrance went out to the sea. At first I thought they were Little Terns but the black caps were all wrong.

Pelican  eye
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspiculatus)

Close-up of Australian Pelican eye. Just because I could and it was so close.

Pelican beak
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspiculatus)

And again, because I was so close, I could get a shot of the tip of its bill, with a very interesting hook on the end of it. I am not sure what the function of the hook is, possibly to hang on to fish with, doh!

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

There were about nine immature Bar-tailed Godwit on a little lagoon near the beach. They were young ones that had been left behind, too little to fly with the adults to Siberia. Maybe next year.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)

A couple of Caspian Terns, non-breeding, and a Silver Gull.

Lake Cathie bird list

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Crested Tern
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
Silver Gull
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Triglossus chlorolepidotus)
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspiculatus)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Australian Wood-duck
Masked Lapwing
Noisy Miner
Pied Butcherbird
Willy Wagtail
Great Egret
Australian White Ibis
White-faced Heron
Pied Cormorant
Welcome Swallow
Rainbow Lorikeet
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Australian Raven
Australian Magpie

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