Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 8, 2013

Lake Wyangan

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Griffith Birding.

I finally got the camera out to take some shots of the Marsh Terns that have been feeding every afternoon on the lake right in front of my lazy arse. Lake Wyangan is about ten kilometers from Griffith and is a man-made lake that used to be a quarry once upon a time as far as I know.

Red-rumped Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)

There are lots of Red-rumped Parrots flying around the camp site and at the edges of the lake. I have also seen the occasional Cockatiel. Other birds include Yellow-necked Miner and Blue-faced Honeyeater, though there are not many of them around at the moment. Maybe in a few weeks time.

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow

I could not resist this cutesy shot of a baby Welcome Swallow in the hollow of a dead tree sticking out of the lake. awwww.

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)

The Whiskered Tern is also known as the Marsh Tern. Most of these birds I saw were breeding birds with the black belly. Non-breeding birds have a white tummy and the black cap looks more like a receding hair line. Their habitat is shallow freshwater wetlands, flooded saltmarsh and estuaries.

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)

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