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July 31, 2009

Minmi Bird Photography 090730

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Bird Photography at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, 30th July, 2009.

I had a struggle getting out of bed this morning, but eventually I dragged myself out of the cot about half past seven, dragged on my clothes, ate some Weet-bix and headed off to Minmi to have a look at the Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. I walked down to the garden, hoping to see the Bowerbirds again and get some good photos of them. But they were nowhere to be seen. Instead there were quite a few Golden Whistlers making beautiful music and flittering around in the trees.

Golden Whistler
male Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)

Further on over the creek I heard a commotion and a Grey Goshawk was flying away from some birds that were harrassing him. He alighted into a tall tree and stayed there for a while before flying away off to the east. He was a very lightly coloured bird, so I am thinking it was a pale morph, but I doubt it. Maybe it was the light striking it, or its just a lightly coloured bird or an immature bird. I will do a bit of reading on it to see what the story is. We do not have the pale or white morph in our area, so that is unlikely.

Golden Whistler
male Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)

I took some photos of an Australian Magpie feeding on the ground and later on I had a pair of Brown Cuckoo-Dove, but I struggled to get decent shots of them as there was lots of shrubs in the way.

Minmi Bird List, 30/7/09

Brown Gerygone
Golden Whistler
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Grey Goshawk
Australian Magpie
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Australian Raven
Golden-headed Cisticola

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