Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 26, 2013

Saltwater NP Birding

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Saltwater National Park.

Saltwater National Park is a beautiful spot right next to the beach and an inlet. It is a very special place. I headed off with my mp3 player blaring and my sunglasses stuck to my face. I quickly got rid of them when I sighted my first bird. It is a bit hard to hear the birds with Groove Armada blaring away in your ear-holes.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird

This Pied Butcherbird was hanging out checking out the surf and singing a beautiful morning song. I love their singing.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin

I had been hoping to see the Regent Bowerbirds that hang around the picnic area. I did see the yellow flash but they were gone before I could get the camera up and firing. The next day I did manage to get a shot of the female Regent Bowerbird, but the male is the spectacular show piece.


I like the tongue flicking in and out.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Last time I was here there were a pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles soaring around the inlet. But this time there were a pair of Ospreys. It made me wonder how raptors guard or defend their territories and if they fight other raptors when they invade their territory.

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

I managed to get a shot of a White-faced Heron up in a tree. I do not usually see them up in trees. I thought it was quite unusual.

Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

This one is an adult.

Spangled Drongo
juvenile Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

I am pretty sure this is a juvenile mainly because of the smaller size, the not-so-glossy lesser black feathers and the white spotty bits. I like this photo because of the way he is flaring his tail. I have no idea what that is all about, but it is cool.

Saltwater National Park birds list

Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidua leucophrys)
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Egret
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
Australasian Gannet
Silver Gull
Australian Magpie
female Golden Whistler (Pacycephala pectoralis)
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)
female Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

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