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October 14, 2012

Lake Wyangan

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Griffith Birding.

This morning I set off from my camping spot on the shores of Lake Wyangan, north of Griffith. Before I set off I managed to get some shots of the Blue-faced Honeyeaters that are hanging out at the camping ground.

Lake Wyangan

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)

There were also some Yellow-throated Miners who were getting a bit aggressive towards the other birds but no-one paid them any notice. A mob of Apostlebird and White-winged Choughs were on the grounds and on the lake were some Australian Pelicans, Purple Swamphen and a Laughing Kookaburra on the wires.

Nericon Swamp.

My first stop was Nericon Swamp, which is about nearly a kilometer past Campbell’s Swamp on the Wyangan Road. There was a lot of water and it looked like it was really shallow. The hide that used to be there has fallen down and roofing iron is strewn on the ground.

White-winged Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

I was quite surprised to see these White-winged Black Tern on the swamp, but they are seen in the inland. A couple of Silver Gull flew by so I thought I was at the beach.

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

Most of the birds were a long way away on the water so you needed a scope or a big lens like a 800mm.

Campbell’s swamp

Then it was back to Campbell’s Swamp. I am glad I went back there this morning because it was very fruitful.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

This Black-shouldered Kite just stayed on this tree for ages while I took shot after shot of it.

Black Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)

Another big bonus was this male Black Honeyeater. At first I thought it was a sunbird but we only have one sunbird in Australia – the Olive-backed Sunbird. And it definitely was not that.

Black Kite
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Over the water towards the hide a nice Black Kite came gliding over-head.

Spotted Harrier
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

And delight of all delights, this delicious Spotted Harrier circled me heaps of times and gave me some magnificent views of its spots and bands.

Lake Wyangan Birds list

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)
Yellow-throated Miner
Australian Pelican
Laughing Kookaburra
Purple Swamphen
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Pacific Black Duck
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) ???
White-faced Heron
Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)
White-winged Black Tern Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-tailed Native-Hen (Gallinula ventralis)
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger) male
Crested Pigeon
Little Pied Cormorant
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Baillon’s Crake
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Australian Reed-warbler
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

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