Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 28, 2014

Narrandera Birding 140826

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Narrandera Wetlands.

Once again at the Narrandera Wetlands. In the late afternoon I saw the Water Rat again. The Water Rat or Rakali, is an Australian native rodent which lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Water Rat
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Making more mistakes again. Mis-identifying these Yellow-rumped Thornbills for Yellow Thornbills. But the stripes on the forehead give them away. They are the largest thornbill with a white eyebrow, black crown with white spots, pale eye and bright yellow rump.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

The Yellow Rosella is also known as the Murray Smoker or Murrumbidgee Lowry. feeds on eucalyptus blossoms of Red River Gums on floodplain forests along the mid-Murray, lower Murrumbidgee and Lachland and Darling Rivers. They are pale yellow in colour with a red forehead, blue cheeks and shoulders, and a blue tail

Yellow Rosella
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

This Yellow-billed Spoonbill is in breeding plumage with a fine black line edging the pale grey facial skin, longer breast-plumes, and dark lacy plumes from the inner wing.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

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