Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 10, 2013

NSW Birding

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 1:43 am

Borah Creek and Stockton Sandspit.

Here are some very widely spread birds from the beginning of April. I went up the mountains to the north-west of Newcastle and then came back down to the Hunter estuary at Stockton Sandspit.

Borah Creek

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) has a distinctive white stripe at the edge of the wings. In flight, the body, head and tail are dark in contrast with the almost white under-wings. Their habitat is dry open forests. Also seen were lots of White-plumed Honeyeater, Superb Fairy-wren and Diamond Firetail.

Stockton Sandspit

Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

These Pacific Golden Plover were in breeding plumage. I am not sure if the others were non-breeding or Grey Plovers.

Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

male Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

This Superb Fairy-wren is a non-breeding male. No red eye-ring and blue tail feathers. The white tip on the tail made me suspect variegated for a while but I do not think so.

Superb Fairy-wren , female
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

A young female Superb Fairy-wren. You can tell by the reddish eye ring and the dull brown tail feathers.

Yellow Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)

Borah Creek bird list

Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Diamond Firetail

Stockton Sandspit bird list

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) in breeding plumage.
Grey Plover ?
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Royal Spoonbill
Pied Oystercatcher
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

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