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November 13, 2009

Cecil Hoskins NR Bird Photography 091113

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Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve Birdwatching – 12th November 2009.

The Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is situated on the banks of the Wingecarribee River about 2 kilometres north of Moss Vale, NSW, heading towards Bowral. There is an access track about a hundred metres from the river, on the Bowral side. The reserve is 620 metres above sea level. It is in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales.

That afternoon had been really hot, with strong north west winds making things very unpleasant. When I got to the Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, the clouds were just starting to come over and the southerly wind was blowing. At least it had cooled down heaps. I hopped out and went for a stroll along the river, which was fairly wide at this point, seeming more like a swamp than a river. I later found out that there was a weir further down the river.

Common Starling
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

I saw a few water birds such as Australian Wood Duck, Black Swan, Purple Swamphen on the river, as well as a few bush birds in the trees along the river banks. There were quite a few Superb Fairy-wren, as well as a Grey Fantail or two, New Holland Honeyeaters and Common Starling. Further along the river, I saw some Australian Pe1lican, Pacific Black Duck and Eurasian Coot. Well then the rain started so I rushed back to the van and read a book while I waited for it to stop.

When the rain stopped, I went around the bottom of the reserve , in the bush section. There were lots of Superb Fairy-wren around again. A young Sacred Kingfisher was calling out plaintively, and a troop of Silvereyes were scurrying around the blossoms in the eucalypt trees, trying to outdo the Brown Thornbills with their racket. I went along the river again and spotted a very young Laughing Kookaburra on a branch and he was just staring at me. I am not sure how well he could fly because he did not seem interested in flying away from me. So I just stared back at him for a little while and then left him alone.

Cecil Hoskins NR bird list 12/11/09

Australian Wood Duck
Black Swan
Purple Swamphen
Australian Pelican
Pacific Black Duck
Masked Lapwing
Dusky Moorhen
Willy Wagtail
Brown Thornbill
Australian Magpie
Laughing Kookaburra
Crimson Rosella
Silvereye
Sacred Kingfisher
Australian Raven
Grey Fantail
Common Starling
Superb Fairy-wren
New Holland Honeyeater

Resources:

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Helm Field Guides)

Australia: An Ecotraveler’s Guide

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