Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 29, 2010

Narrandera Wetlands Bird Photography

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:56 pm

Narrandera Wetlands

The Narrandera Wetlands are just over the bridge on the way out to Hay and the Sturt Highway. Just turn first right going out of town over the bridge and there you are. The Tourist Information has excellent maps and provide brilliant service. Well the first thing I heard when I started off yesterday afternoon was this crying of a bird. I was looking all over the place for it in the trees. I did not see it until I looked down. And there was this baby bird crying out.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike baby (Coracina novaehollandiae)

I could not tell what it was until I saw a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes hanging around with some food for the poor little mite. I am guessing that the baby chick fell out of the nest. At least it was up a little bit offthe ground on a branch.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
adult Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike with grasshopper for baby

A little while later I came back and there was a pair of magpies that were near the chick. The adult Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes were dive bombing the magpies and you could hear a very loud whack! each time they hit the magpies. Eventually after a lot of attacking, the magpies got the hint and moved away. Then dark descended and the moon rose.


The next morning, the chick was still there but it seemed to have been abandoned by its parents. A local birder came along and said that he will ring WIRES, the animal rescue people, to come and get it. I carried along around the wetlands and saw a few Yellow-billed Spoonbills. We do not usually get them on the coast, they are more an inland bird as far as I know.

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

And as usual there were heaps of Galahs hanging around the paddocks. Because they are so common, one forgets how beautiful they look.

Galah (Cacatua roseicapillus)

Oh, and I almost forgot to say that there have been some Little Bitterns seen at the wetlands, but they were not around or I did not see them, doh!

Narrandera Wetlands bird list 29-30/01/10

Australian Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Chough
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Teal
Australian White Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Purple Swamphen
Eastern Rosella
Pacific Black Duck
Laughing Kookaburra
Whistling Kite
White-faced Heron
Australian Reed-warbler
Australasian Grebe
Yellow Rosella (Platycerus elegans flaveolus)
Common Starling
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Raven


  1. Hi Steve
    Nice images of the baby and adult Cuckoo Shrikes.
    As a matter of interest your full moon is the true “Blue Moon” – the second full moon in a calendar month.
    There will be another one at the end of March.
    No full moon in February this year – it is too short a month, given that tonight’s moon is full.
    Too cloudy in Robertson for me to photograph it (or even see it).
    Glad you got it.
    Nice image.



    Comment by Denis Wilson — January 30, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  2. Thanks Dennis.
    the next night was too cloudy coming up but it was very red

    Comment by admin — February 1, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  3. Hi Steve

    I am the Training Officer with Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers and am currently do the publicity for our upcoming introductory training day. A story I am writing focuses on baby Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and I need a photo to go with the article. Would you be willing to give the group permission to use your photo in the media?

    Jo Shepherd

    Comment by Jo Shepherd — February 25, 2010 @ 5:03 am

  4. Hi Jo,

    That would be fine. I don’t mind people using my photos for any non-profit groups.
    As long as there is attribution to me for the photo.


    p.s. Say hello to everyone in Lismore for me. 🙂

    Comment by admin — February 25, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

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