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June 23, 2009

Stockton Channel Bird Photography 090623

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Bird Photography at Stockton Channel 23rd June, 2009

This afternoon I went out to Stockton Channel on the northern arm of the Hunter river. At first I went to the South East end of Kooragang Island to see if there would be any raptors flying past. I saw none but there was an Australian Pipit on the road. Why do they always hang out on roads?

Australian Pipit
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)

There was a pair of Crested Pigeon feeding on some rubbish and a few beautiful Golden-headed Cisticola on the Aniseed bushes chirping away merrily.

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

After that, I headed off to the other side of the channel and saw a Brahminy Kite roosting on a channel marker so off I scooted to the other side. It was a bit far away so the photos were not so good. The Brahminy Kite flew off and went to the eastern side of the channel and I later saw him roosting in a mangrove tree. Later on I saw a White-bellied Sea-eagle circling around high above. I was wondering today if different species of raptor share a hunting territory. I have seen a variety of raptors in this area – White-bellied Sea-eagles, Osprey, Brahminy Kites and Whistling Kites.

I went to the wreck but saw only a few Yellow Thornbills and a White-faced Heron roosting on the wreck. After that, I went to the Stockton Sandspit and saw some Australian White Ibis and a Royal Spoonbill feeding in the lagoon on the sandspit. There were a few Brown Honeyeaters in the banksias at the southern end of the sandspit. I have seen Brown Honeyeaters in mangroves and in banksias. I am wondering if that is their main habitat?

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

Bird Species List, Stockton Channel, 23/6/09

White-faced Heron
Little Wattlebird
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Pipit
Crested Pigeon
Golden-headed Cisticola
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brown Honeyeater
Australian White Ibis
Royal Spoonbill

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