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July 29, 2009

Stockton Sandspit 090729

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Bird Photography at Stockton, 29th July, 2009.

This morning I drove over to Kooragang Island and went to the extreme South-east tip to see if there were any raptors fishing. But there was nothing – not a thing. Not even a seagull. So I drove over the bridge to Stockton and stopped at the Boat Ramp, hoping to at least see something. There were about 3 Australian Pelicans sitting on the break wall and that was about it. Again, not even a seagull.

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

So I went to the Stockton Sandspit and parked under the bridge and went for a walk around the sandspit starting at the northern end. There were some Brown Honeyeaters twittering away in the northern end Mangroves, but I could not see them, they were staying well hidden. I walked past the mudflats and there were a couple of water birds and a dead Pelican on the beach. It was a very dismal day. The wind was howling from the north-west and I guess the birds were still in bed and staying there.

Superb Fairy-wren
dominant male Superb Fairy-wren

I poked around in the bush at the southern end of the sandspit and there were a colony of Superb Fairy-wren and some Brown Honeyeaters. I also heard a Little Wattlebird but did not see him. I went over to the other side of the channel hoping to see a Double-barred Finch but I had no luck. It was one of those dud days. Nothing happening at all so I just went home. doh!

Stockton Bird List, 29/7/09

Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Honeyeater
Australian White Ibis
White-faced Heron
Little Wattlebird

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