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May 18, 2009

Little Pelican Bird Photography 090517

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Bird Photography at Little Pelican, 17th May, 2009

I can’t think of a snappy headline, so I will just make one up that is totally stupid.

I am Cuckoo about Honeyeaters!

Even more honeyeaters and a bonus Cuckoo just for being you. Later on, after the morning spent birdwatching at Galgabba Point(see previous post), we went to Little Pelican, which is over the Swansea Bridge, going North. I had never been to Little Pelican before. Here are the directions if you ever want to go there. Cross the swansea bridge, going north. There is a turnoff just after the Motel and before the Camping Ground. Just follow this road a few hundred meters and park any where you like. Follow the roads and just wander around the tracks there. Its very close to the Swansea Channel.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo(Cacomantis flabelliformis)

The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is distributed throughout much of Australia, as well as New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and their favoured habitat is open forests and woodlands. They feed on hairy caterpillars, as well as other insects and larvae. They belong to Order: Cuculiformes and Family: Cuculidae. The distinctive features of the Fan-tailed Cuckoo is the tail which is dark grey with prominent white markings, and the breast which has a rufous shading.

Brown Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater(Lichmera indistincta)

This was a first for me. We seem to be right on the edges of its distribution in Lake Macquarie. The Brown Honeyeater is also found in Indonesia and New Guinea. They also seem to prefer mangrove edges near the water and this one was certainly hanging out on the mangroves next to the channel.

Bird Species List, Little Pelican, 17/5/09

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Yellow-faced HOneyeater
Silvereye
White-naped Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater

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