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July 25, 2009

Newcastle Wetlands 090725

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Bird Photography at Newcastle Wetlands Reserve, 25th July, 2009.

I was not sure where I was going this morning. So I just decided to go to the Wetlands Centre. On the way I stopped in at the University swamp. I am not totally sure of the correct name, but it is the swamp at the northern end of newcastle university. It is just opposite the Hunter Wetlands Centre. I think it is officially called the Newcastle Wetlands Reserve. I walked around the track and saw som Pacific Black Ducks, Rainbow Lorikeet, and quite a few Superb Fairy-wren. There were a bunch of Australian Magpie near the railway line and they were singing me some beautiful songs. I whistled back to them, of course. At one stage they flew really close to me, but did not seem to be threatening, just curious. I am reading a great book about the Australian Magpie and will write a report when I am finished.

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Also in the trees in the swamp were some Eastern Rosellas, Common Starlings, and a pair of Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus). Red-rumped Parrots have a blue tip on the tail, which is mostly white, and the red patch on the rump of course. A Darter was drying his wings on a branch.

Red-rumped Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)

The weather today was fine and sunny with the temperature at about 15 degrees Celsius. The wind was blowing lightly from the North-west at about ten knots. It was a beautiful day.

Bird Species List, Newcastle Wetlands Reserve, 25/7/09

Pied Cormorant
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
Australian Pelican
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-rumped Parrot
Eastern Rosella
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Magpie
Common Starling
Australian Reed-Warbler

Hunter Wetlands Centre

Shortland Wetlands is listed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. I saw at the the main pond such water birds as Dusky Moorhen, heaps of Magpie Geese, Australasian Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Hardhead, Chestnut Teal and Grey Teal. Some of the bush birds that were hanging around the pond were Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Australian Raven, Magpie-Lark. I walked around the pond towards the western area. There were a few Superb Fairy-wren on the path and a couple of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, a Striped Honeyeater and some White-cheeked Honeyeaters as well in the eucalypt trees.

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

Along the western side of the breeding pond I found a bunch of Variegated Fairy-wren. There were heaps of Australian White Ibis on the pond and a Swamp Harrier was circling and darting into the pond. And then about 15 Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo flew past making the biggest racket. It was the biggest mob of them I had ever seen.

Bird Species List, Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Dusky Moorhen
Magpie Goose
Australasian Grebe
Eurasian Coot
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
Musk Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Masked Lapwing
Australian White Ibis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Raven
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honyeater
Eastern Rosella
Golden Whistler
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Spotted Pardalote
Welcome Swallow
Red-browed Finch
Yellow Thornbill
Great Egret
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo

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