Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 2, 2012

More Griffith Birding

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Campbell Swamp.

This morning I went back to Campbell Swamp again. It is a pretty good spot. I saw a lot of different birds there this time. Mainly because I went along the edge of the swamp in the grasslands.

Black Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)

Also called Sugamel niger. This Black Honeyeater is a young male I think. But then again it could be a female. I cannot find any immature male Black Honeyeater photos to tell me. Does anyone know?

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

This is the first Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater I have seen this year. They like a dry habitat of mallee, woodlands and open forests. They can be quite readily identified by their black and pink bill and white stripe under the eye.

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

These look like a bunch of young Yellow-throated Miner to me. They were all sitting on a branch having a conference, then they jumped up, had a great fight then flew back down again to roost all huddled up again.

Crested Pigeon
Crested Pigeon (Geohaps lophotes)

I tried to catch the colours in the wings. You can only see them when the sun is reflecting off them in the right angle. He looks like he has had a fright, doesn’t he?

Common Starling
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

I have been trying to get a decent photo of these very common birds for ages. They look really beautiful in the right light.

Plumed Whistling-Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

A big flock of Plumed Whistling-Duck flew over the swamp. The Straw-necked Ibis seem to fly over every morning and night on their way to and from some feeding grounds, I suppose.

Campbell Swamp bird list

Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)
Swamp Harrier
Straw-necked Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Superb Fairy-wren
White-breasted Woodswallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Australian Pelican
Black-tailed Native-hen
Black Honeyeater (Certhionyx niger)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes or Geohaps lophotes)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Austrlian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) male, breeding
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Chesnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

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