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May 23, 2009

Stockton Bird Photography 090523

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Bird Photography at Stockton, 23rd May, 2009.

This morning the rain stopped and the sun came out in patches. So it was off to the Stockton side of the river to look for the fabled Brahminy Kite. Which I saw and photographed, but it was a bit too far away, but at least I saw it. I will get a closer photograph next time, for sure. I first went to the western side of the Northern channel of the Hunter River in the estuary. Nothing going on at all on the industrial side, so I went over the other side to near where the wreck is on the other side of the river. Not much going on there, either, so I went to the boat ramp and had a look.

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern(Sterna nilotica)

I ended up at the Stockton Sandspit and went down to the water’s edge. There were a bunch of Eastern Curlews flying around and roosting near a pond. I thought they would have been gone by now to Siberia. Maybe they are late leavers.

Eastern Curlew
Eastern Curlew(Numenius madagascariensis)

There were also about fifty Bar-tailed Godwits still hanging around as well. They should have been off to Siberia as well. But there were the obligatory and argumentative Masked Lapwings that were carrying on as usual.

Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing(Vanellus miles)

About this time I saw the Brahminy Kite coming across from Fern Bay and flew towards the other side of the river. I was hoping he would turn back and do a sweep a bit closer to me, but he did not. I got a few photos, but they were a bit far away. There is always tomorrow. I carried on around the lagoon and saw a few Superb Fairy-wrens in the bushes on the way back.

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

And at the car park I managed to snap this Caspian Tern.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern(Sterna caspia)

Bird Species List, 23/5/09

Gull-billed Tern
Little Black Cormorant
Eastern Curlew
Royal Spoonbill
Australian Pelican
Masked Lapwing
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Oystercatcher
Red-necked Avocet
Caspian Tern
Superb Fairy-wren
Brahminy Kite
Bar-tailed Godwit
Feral Pigeon(Rock Dove)

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