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October 1, 2009

Belmont Wetlands Bird Photography 091001

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Belmont Wetlands Bird Photography, 1st October, 2009.

Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)

Belmont Wetlands is at the end of George Street and follows the old train line that used to go from Newcastle to Belmont. Hopefully, they will extend the bike track so that it goes all the way from Adamstown to Belmont along this track.

Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo

Well I started off this morning with some Red-browed Finch feeding on the grasses along the track. A few White-browed Woodswallows were perched on the dead trees in the swamp and then I spotted a Shining Bronze-cuckoo. At first, I thought it might have ben a Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, but it did not have the diagnostic eye stripe or the rufous edge to the tail.

Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo

Once again, I spotted a Forest Kingfisher. The Forest Kingfisher has a bluer colouring than the Sacred Kingfisher, as well as a white spot before the eye. They also have a black stripe that goes around the neck above the white collar.

Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo

I saw a Grey Shrike-thrush and I could identify it straight away. They are much larger than the similar immature Rufous Whistler and immature Golden Whistler. The juvenile Rufous Whistler has streaks on the front, whilst the juvenile Golden Whistler has brown patches on the wings.

I spotted a Black-faced Monarch a little bit later. At first I thought it was a Spectacled Monarch, but they have the black patch going around the eye. You can not miss the lovely golden tummy. Their preferred habitat is the middle layers of rainforest and dense wet coastal forest.

Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis)

I turned left at the crossroads and followed the track to the back of Belmont Oval. There were a lot of Red-browed Finch and Silvereyes having a drink at the creek there. After that, I headed back and on the way spotted a pair of Eastern Whipbirds flitting through the undergrowth. They do not stop still for a second. It is really difficult to get a photo of them. The Rufous Whistlers were singing up a storm and I even saw a little baby one. He was practicing his singing, too.

baby Rufous Whistler
baby Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris)

At the end of the track, I spotted a Lewin’s Honeyeater having a drink at the flame tree. Slurp, slurp.

Belmont Wetlands – 1/10/09

Red-browed Finch
White-breasted Woodswallow
White-browed Scrubwren
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Forest Kingfisher
Grey Shrike-thrush
Black-faced Monarch
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Silvereye
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird
Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail
Australian Raven

May 18, 2009

Belmont Wetlands Bird Photography 090517

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Bird Photography at Belmont Wetlands, 17th May, 2009

This afternoon we went to Belmont Wetlands after Galgabba and Little Pelican. See the two previous posts for details. It was a big day. Belmont Wetlands is at the end of George street in Belmont and follows the old train line to Newcastle. The track goes through the old swamps that I used to wander around when I was a kid. Hopefully one day there will be a bicycle track on it that will go all the way from Newcastle to Belmont. At present the Fernleigh track only goes from Adamstown to Dudley and hopefully will be extended past Redhead to Belmont in the future.

But let’s get on with the birds that we saw. Here is a new bird for me, the White-throated Treecreeper, which feeds mainly on ants, as well as insects and nectar. They prefer a habitat of eucalypt forests and open woodlands.

White-throated Treecreeper
White-throated Treecreeper(Climacteris leucophaeus)

The Scarlet Honeyeater is distributed throughout Eastern Australia. They have a habitat of coastal and range forests and usually follow the flowering trees.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater(Myzomela sanguinolenta)

Scarlet Honeyeaters probe at flowers for nectar with its long slender beak while they are in mid-flight.

Scarlet Honeyeater

Bird Species List, Belmont Wetlands, 17/5/09

White-throated Treecreeper
Scarlet Honeyeater
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Silvereye
Brown Thornbill

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