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March 21, 2010

Swansea Bird Photography

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Galgabba Point

21st March, 2010.

And it was another old favourite for me this morning. Galgabba Point is at the corner of Marks Street and the old Pacific Highway in Swansea, Lake Macqurie. The bush regeneration team have done an amazing job. They just keep getting better and better. Well done Sharon and the crew!

When I first got there I saw Little Wattlebirds, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Noisy Miners at the entrance near the street. As I went further in to the bush, I spotted a few New Holland Honeyeaters and a female Satin Bowerbird. I also managed to get some good looks at an Eastern Whipbird who looked like he was feeding on the fruit of the lantana bushes. I was very happy to see a few Mistletoebirds, who were sitting up quite nicely and doing some great singing.

Mistletoebird
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

I also spotted some Little Lorikeets, so that is a good sign for the habitat. A pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets flew into this knot in a tree and went right inside for quite a while. I was thinking it was a nest, but I am not totally sure.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Interestingly the Scaly-breasted Lorikeet sometimes hybridises with the Rainbow Lorikeet. You can identify it by the all green head and the red bill.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Galgabba Point bird list 21/3/10

Little Wattlebird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Noisy Miner
Spotted Turtle-dove
New Holland Honeyeater
Satin Bowerbird
Eastern Whipbird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Australian Raven
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Mistletoebird
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Bell Miner
White-browed Scrubwren
Eastern Spinebill
Silvereye
Grey Fantail
Lewins Honeyeater
Intermediate Egret
Black Swan
Australian Pelican
Australian White Ibis
Yellow Thornbill
Eastern Rosella

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