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February 15, 2010

Shepparton Birding

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Reedy Swamp

15th February, 2010.

Reedy Swamp is out to the north of Shepparton in Central Victoria, Australia. It is just near the Billabong Garden Complex that is off the road to Tocumwal. I am guessing that it is a billabong that came off the Goulburn River. There were a few Water birds like Grey Teal, Pacific Black Ducks, White-faced Heron, Purple Swamphen, and these Australian White Ibis who flew across the clouds at sunset, making a nice photo opportunity.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Mostly though, I had a look out for bush birds, and they were way more interesting. The Willy Wagtails, White-breasted Woodswallows, and White-plumed Honeyeaters were all having games of chasings. It was quite hilarious to see them all chasing each other in pairs around the trees. No hope at all of getting a photo of them, but. This Sacred Kingfisher had spied something on the ground and seconds after this, he dove down and grabbed it, but I could not see what he got. I hope he had a nice breakfast.

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I also spotted a Blue-faced Honeyeater being harassed by a Noisy Miner. He was not too worried and mainly just shrugged him off. Noisy Miners seem to be very aggressive territorial birds. Later on, this mouse jumped up on this tree and just stared at me. I think its a mouse. Its wild life, because it is in the bush. ha ha. I think it might be a Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes), a insect eating marsupial. Thanks to Pseudomogil for the heads up.

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Reedy Swamp bird list

Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Eastern Rosella
Willy Wagtail
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Crested Pigeon
Laughing Kookaburra
White-faced Heron
Grey Shrike-thrush
White-plumed Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Australian Magpie
Tree Martin
Red-rumped Parrot
White-breasted Woodswallow
Sacred Kingfisher
Purple Swamphen


  1. Great photos and impressive list


    Comment by Dan Huber — February 15, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  2. That photo of the antechinus is a real winner. Not often you get a chance to shoot them in good light. The only time I have seen an antechinus has been in the weeee hours of teh morning, when photography is out of the question!

    Comment by Sebastian — February 15, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

  3. Great photos ..what a cute little mouse saying hello to you.

    Comment by Dawn Fine — February 16, 2010 @ 12:00 am

  4. Thanks Dan, Seb and Dawn.

    I was lucky this one was out in the day. I think the Yellow-footed Antechinus are diurnal, whereas the Brown Antechinus is nocturnal.


    Comment by admin — February 16, 2010 @ 1:31 am

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