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August 4, 2009

Stockton Bird Photography 090804

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Stockton Bird Photography, 4th August, 2009.

This morning I went to Stockton for an outing with the Hunter Bird Observers Club. Thank you very much to Keith and Margaret for organising the outing. We started off under the bridge at Stockton Sandspit, and then walked towards the river, then west towards the sandspit. Along the southern end of the sandspit we saw some Brown Honeyeaters, Superb Fairy-wrens and Little Wattlebirds. Walking along the edge of the water towards the northern end of the sandspit, there was a large flock of Red-necked Avocet, possibly up to a thousand birds in all. A single Gull-billed Tern with a crab in its bill landed right in the middle of the flock. I think he wanted to hide from his mates so that he could eat the crab in peace without being harassed by other terns.

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

In the lagoon at the sandspit were 3 Australian White Ibis and a single Great Egret. We walked further along north and had a look at the oyster racks at Fern Bay. There were a bunch of Little Black Cormorants sitting on the poles and a couple of Little Pied Cormorants and Darters.

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

After that, we took off and headed to the Stockton Cemetry and went for a long walk to the north along the coastal heathlands near the beach. We saw a few honeyeaters such as White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Lewin’s Honeyeaters. You could hear lots of birds but it was hard to see them as they were deep in the dense heath scrub. We did see some Golden Whistlers, a Grey Shrike-thrush, and a few Eastern Spinebill. Eastern Whipbirds were resounding all over the place with their very distinctive call. We climbed a sand dune to have a look at the ocean and you could see over the tops of the heathlands from the top of the dunes. On the way back we saw a colony of Variegated Fairy-wrens and quite a few Silvereye, race “westernensis”.

Stockton Bird List, 4/8/09

Brown Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Wattlebird
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Great Egret
Red-necked Avocet
Gull-billed Tern
White-faced Heron
Chestnut Teal
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Golden Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Spangled Drongo
Australian magpie
Eastern Spinebill
Welcome Swallow
Variegated Fairy-wren
Silvereye, race “westernensis”

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