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December 3, 2009

Glenrock SCA Birding 091203

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Glenrock SCA Birding

Glenrock State Conservation Area, Newcastle. 3rd December 2009.

Glenrock SCA is just south of the centre of Newcastle. We are very lucky to have such a nice patch of bush right in our backyard. There are patches of rainforest and normal eucalypt bush. A creek goes through it with a few waterfalls for scenery purposes. The tracks are used by bush walkers, birders and mountain bike riders. In fact, I was nearly run over by several of them this morning. One was even wearing lycra(ugh).

I parked near where the Fernleigh Track crosses the road to Dudley and walked along the track towards the creek. A Laughing Kookaburra was the first bird to greet me for the morning, followed by a raucous call of many Bell Miners who were busy cultivating their lerps and creating die-back in the trees. A few White-browed Scrubwren flittered through the branches, of course. A few Chestnut Teal congregated around the creek, and the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos made their usual cackling heard.

Across the bridge and heading towards the ocean, I heard quite a few Eastern Whipbirds and even managed to catch a fleeting glimpse of one. This cute little female Superb Fairy-wren posed daintily for me.

Superb Fairy-wren
female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus Cyaneus)

I walked a bit further and managed to see a Grey Goshawk that flew up out of the bushes and parked himself in a low tree. The problem was, he was just a bit too far away to get a decent shot. Oh well, there is always another day. A few Brown Thornbills started appearing as well as a Red-browed Finch, Grey Fantail, Willy Wagtail and an Eastern Rosella.

At least at the end of the walk, I got this good view of some guys having a good time surfing at the point. The water looks nice, doesn’t it. Anyone for a swim?

Glenrock surfing

Glenrock SCA bird list 3/12/09

Laughing Kookaburra
Bell Miner
Australian Raven
White-browed Scrubwren
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Chestnut Teal
Australian Magpie
Eastern Whipbird
Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Thornbill
Red-browed Finch
Grey Goshawk
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Rosella

Recommended Resource

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

July 28, 2009

Glenrock Lagoon Bird Photography 090728

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Bird Photography at Glenrock Lagoon, 28th July, 2009.

This morning I went to the Glenrock State Conservation Area, commonly called Glenrock Lagoon. I parked in the area near the Kahibah end and walked along the walkway towards the creek. There were a lot of Bell Miners along the track and there were a few dead trees from the associated die back.

Brown Gerygone
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki)

Down at the creek a few White-naped Honeyeaters were swooping down to the creek to drink. A couple of White-browed Scrubwren were foraging around in the leaf litter. They love to chuck the leaves all over the place.

Brown Gerygone
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki)

I kept on walking towards the ocean on the northern side of creek, past the waterfall and down the road. There were a few Brown Gerygone in the trees twittering away. As well as quite a few Golden Whistlers and Eastern Whipbirds. On the way back there were a pair of Brown Cuckoo-Dove sitting up in a tree just next to the road preening themselves.

White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)

Glenrock Bird List, 28/7/09

Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
White-naped Honeyeater
White-browed Scrubwren
Australian Raven
Rainbow Lorikeet
Grey Goshawk
Golden Whistler
Eastern Yellow Robin
Red-browed Finch
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Brown Gerygone

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