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June 19, 2010

Swansea Birding

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Swansea Channel Birding

I had not been out for a while, so this afternoon I went down to Swansea Channel to take some photos of the birds. Lake Macquarie drains out to the sea along the Swansea Channel. I drove as far as I could along the southern side of the channel to the nature reserve. There were a few Silver Gulls, pelicans and White-faced Heron hanging out around the boat ramp. I went for a walk along the reserve but I could not get very far because the tide was full and it flooded the track. On the way back this Willy Wagtail came pretty close and had a good look at me.

Willy Wagtail
Willy Wagtail

After that, I went along the road to the point and had a look on the lake side of Swansea. An Osprey flew past with a whole bunch of Galahs which was relatively bizarre. I waited around for the Osprey to come back but he didn’t. Instead this juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle came flying around the point. I think this one is very young as the colours are very cryptic.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle

As usual there were plenty of Black Swans and pelicans out in the lake. Noisy Miners were flying around the edges of the lake and a pair of Australian Wood Duck were feeding on the grass.

Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck

Swansea Channel Bird List 19/6/2010

Silver Gull
Masked Lapwing
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Pelican
Willy Wagtail
White-faced Heron
Grey Fantail
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Magpie
Osprey
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Black Swan
Noisy Miner
Magpie-lark
Crested Pigeon
Eastern Rosella
Australian Raven

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