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May 16, 2009

Stockton Bird Photography 090516

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Bird Photography at Stockton, 16th May, 2009

And the Headline for today is:

It can’t get any worse than this!

Well, I thought yesterday was a crummy day that turned out to be not so bad, but today was the absolute pits. Almost. So let us start this tragi-comedy, this Beckett reworking of Waiting for Birdot. This morning I went over to the Stockton side of the Hunter River in Newcastle, NSW. I was hoping to find and photograph a Brahminy Kite that I had been told was seen there during the week. The day was yucky and windy and freezing cold into the bargain, so it was not a good start.

So, I went on the western side of the river, along Kooragang Island, and saw a few terns and cormorants. Nothing doing here, thought I. Except for a runny nose and a cold. I drove over the bridge and saw a Nankeen Kestrel hovering over the river, so I screeches to a stop and get out the camera, ready to rock and roll. But the kestrel flew off down the river and no photos.

I drove down to the boat ramp and took some photos of some silver gulls flying around, moved further on and took some photos of some terns, then drove over to the Stockton Sandspit. There was a fisherman pumping for worms, a few Chestnut Teals, Australian Pelicans and this poor Pied Oystercatcher that had some fishing line wrapped around his leg. It seemed that the fishing line had cut off his foot and he only had a stump. It made me feel so sad and angry.

I went down past the bridge and saw a few White-faced Herons and Australian Ibis hanging out on a a spit of sand to the east of the bridge. And here is a healthy Pied Oystercatcher.

Pied Oystercatcher
Pied Oystercatcher(Haematopus longirostris)

Well that is about it. Only one photograph worth posting. And a windy blustery day that I should have been indoors hiding from.

Bird Species List, Stockton , 16/5/09

Australian Pelican
Little Black Cormorant
Chestnut Teal
Silver Gull
Australian Hobby
Pied Oystercatcher
Pied Cormorant
Nankeen Kestrel
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis

1 Comment »

  1. You win some, and you loose some. Pity about the Oystercatcher, especially when it’s preventable.

    Comment by myoung400 — May 16, 2009 @ 10:05 am

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