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June 12, 2009

Stockton Sandspit Bird Photos 090612

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Bird Photography at Stockton Sandspit, 12th June, 2009.

This morning I went to Stockton Sandspit to have a look for raptors. I found a couple but the shots were not that great, but I did see and photograph a Double-barred Finch for the first time, so I am happy about that. Yesterday I went out to the Stockton Channel at dawn and it was bitterly cold. It was absolutely freezing and the wind was howling a gale. It was so miserable, plus there were no birds at all around. I just went home. This morning was cold but I took a beanie and some gloves to fend off the icicles.

I had a look at the boat ramp and the wreck in the northern Channel of the Hunter River. There were a few pelicans and seagulls but no raptors. I drove around to the Stockton Sandspit and went for a walk along the river side. There was the Pied Oystercatcher with one foot, an Australian Raven with half a loaf of bread in his bill, some White-faced Herons on the center grassy bit. Further on the beach there was a Whimbrel, a few Crested Terns and Gull-billed Terns, about 80 Bar-tailed Godwits, and a solitary Grey-tailed Tattler.

I scouted around in the bush at the southern end of the Sandspit and spied a couple of Brown Honeyeaters.

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater(Lichmera indistincta)

A mob of Superb Fairy-wrens were flittering around in the scrub and the grass. This pair were huddled up together and preening each other. It is a male and a female. They were quite cute.

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

I walked out to the south-east end of the Stockton Sandspit and saw a White-bellied Sea-eagle wheeling about near the bridge. He straightened out and headed up Fern Bay to the north, looking for his breakfast. At the car park, the usual mob of Superb Fairy-wrens were mucking about. This popinjay was posing for the camera. What a ham!

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

The strange thing was there was a Double-barred Finch sitting up on the fence railing with the Superb Fairy-wrens. I had never seen one there before, plus it was the first time I had seen one of these beauties.

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch(Taeniopygia bichenovii), race bichenovii

Stockton Sandspit Bird Species List, 12/6/09

Pied Oystercatcher
Australian Raven
White-faced Heron
Gull-billed Tern
Crested Tern
Bar-tailed Godwit – 80
Grey-tailed Tattler
Masked Lapwing
Royal Spoonbill
Australian White Ibis
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Wattlebird
Brown Honeyeater
Black-winged stilt
Double-barred Finch
Little Pied Cormorant

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