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April 27, 2009

Macquarie Marshes Bird Photography 090408

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    Bird Photography at Macquarie Marshes 8th April, 2009

I drove towards Quambone along Gibsons Way past the Macquarie River which was dry. Then went past the Monkeygah Creek which was full of reeds, then past the Bulgaraga Creek. I stopped to take some photos of the birds along the creek and the viewing platform which was further on. The Viewing platform was bizarre as it overlooked a dry paddock. ha ha..

Near the Macquarie River, I stopped and spotted a pair of Black-fronted Dotterel(Charadrius melanops) on the road. I was wondering what they were doing on this dry road until I saw them eating these wood louse which had infested the road – there were literally millions of them.

Black-fronted Dotterel

There were heaps of Budgerigars(Melopsittacus undulatus) along the roads. I had never seen flocks of them in the wild before.

Budgerigar

There were quite a few Zebra Finch(Taeniopygia guttata) along the roads and the creek beds.

Zebra Finch

I had a great session with some Variegated Fairy-wren(malurus lamberti) along the dry river bed of the Macquarie. I was quite captivated by them.

Variegated Fairy-wren

I love the barb wire in these photos.

Variegated Fairy-wren

And here is a pair.

Variegated Fairy-wren

In the afternoon I went around the property at Willie Retreat and took some more photographs of the birds there. Here is a spotted Bowerbird(Chlamydera maculata).

Spotted Bowerbird

and a cute Jacky Winter(Microeca fascinans).

Jacky Winter

Bird Species List Gibson Way 8/4/09

Budgerigar
Striated Pardalote
Black-faced Woodswallow
White-browed woodswallow
Black-shouldered kite
Cockatiel
Red-rumped Parrot
Black-fronted Dotterel
Zebra Finch
Variegated Fairy-wren
Southern Whiteface

Bird Species List Willie Retreat, 8/4/09

White-plumed honeyeater
Spotted bowerbird
Brown treecreeper
jacky winter
royal spoonbill
red-rumped parrot
galah
Blue Bonnet
Diamond Dove

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