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July 20, 2009

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Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 11:06 am

Bird Photography at Martins Creek, 19th July, 2009

This morning was a HBOC trip to Martins Creek, near Paterson in the Hunter Valley. We all assembled at Maitland Station and then went up the road past Paterson and on to Martins Creek. I had no idea where we were going so I was glad to be a passenger in that convoy. We got to the property and walked up this massive hill and saw a Wedge-tailed Eagle up the top. There was a nice variety of heath and eucalypt country and we spotted some Brown Thornbills and a very nice Shining Bronze-cuckoo up in a tree. We followed the ridge along and near the waterhole we spotted three Bar-shouldered Dove on a dead tree overlooking the hill. There were also Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Golden Whistlers, and White-naped Honeyeaters around.

We trekked through the bush and spotted a Wedge-tailed Eagle’s nest. It was huge. But nobody was at home. We then went through a lovely patch of rainforest that had been regenerated by a crew. Well done, bush regeneration crew! We then went back down the hill, the very large and steep hill, that is. Half way down there were a mob of Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata).

Striated Thornbill
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)

At the bottom of the hill, we spotted heaps of birds. A pair of Jacky Winter were hanging around the fence line.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)

There were quite a few Buff-rumped Thornbill who were foraging on the ground and low amongst the tree trunks and shrubs. Then Michael spotted a Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata). What a great find. I had never seen one before.

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata)

We had morning tea and then went for a walk down the road. We saw a very large mob of 21 White-winged Choughs and they were having a fight with some Magpies. It was quite a kerfuffle. Along the road we saw Kookaburras, Galahs, Australian Wood Duck, and this Grey Butcherbird with his dinner.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

At the end of the day, a Nankeen Kestrel was wheeling high over us to speed us on our way. They usually hover a lot lower. Well that was it, a lovely day with lovely company and some new birds to see.

Martins Creek Bird Species List, 19/7/09

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Bar-shouldered Dove
Golden Whistler
White-naped Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Speckled Warbler
White-winged Chough
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Grey Butcherbird
Nankeen Kestrel


  1. Nice write-up Steve. Congrats on the Speckled Warbler tick.

    Comment by myoung400 — July 21, 2009 @ 6:24 am

  2. Thanks Mark.
    I also ticked the Striated Thornbill and the Buff-rumped Thornbill, so it was a very productive day.
    Saw an Australasian Bittern today as well, so thats another tick.
    wooot!!11!!! 🙂


    Comment by admin — July 21, 2009 @ 6:45 am

  3. Hi Steve,

    I’m designing some environmental panels for a development in Rouse Hill, Sydney, NSW and I’m after some shots of some Jacky Winter birds and would love to use some of your shots. Please email me if you would like to contribute and discuss how I can obtain some usage rights.



    Comment by Brad — June 10, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

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