Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 17, 2009

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Wash House Beach, Kattang Nature Reserve, 11th August 2009.

In the afternoon I drove to Laurieton and had a look at Dunbogan Beach. I thought I had seen another Eastern Reef Egret so I rushed off to get my camera. I got side tracked along the way because I thought I heard a bowerbird along the track, as well as a whipbird. But I ended up seeing nothing at all. doh!

After that misadventure, I went over to Wash House Beach to look for the White-bellied Sea-eagles and the Ospreys. I walked along the beach having a look at the rock shelf, then walked back. As I was nearly off the beach, the pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles flwe over and hovered for a while in the north east wind that was blowing quite strongly that afternoon. They then took off over to the other side of the headland. They came back again later and a young one was with them.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
Juvenile White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

And then the Ospreys turned up and had a go at the White-bellied Sea-eagles, and started hovering over the beach. After a short while, they flew off.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

I was not expecting much but I did happen to see some raptors for the day, at least.

Kattang NR bird list, 11/8/09

Little Wattlebird
Eastern Reef Egret
Australian Raven
White-bellied Sea-eagle

August 13, 2009

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Kattang Nature Reserve – Dunbogan, 7th August 2009.

Point Perpendicular Walk.

After stopping at Harrington, I headed straight to Kattang Nature Reserve, near Laurieton. I went over the river past Dunbogan to Camden Head where I stopped and followed the trail that goes to Point Perpendicular. It juts out pretty far into the sea. I think the walk one way is about 1.5 kilometres.

I started by seeing some White-browed Scrubwrens scrabbling around on the forest floor and then a few Little Wattlebirds and some Lewin’s Honeyeaters. Then I noticed a female Regent Bowerbird near a bit of a swamp where there were a few paperbark trees.

female Regent Bowerbird
female Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

Just beyond that, I came upon a Red-browed Finch, less than half a metre away from me, feeding on some Casuarina seeds on the ground. I could have leant out and touched him, he was so close. An adult White-bellied Sea-eagle flew past and later I saw him roosting on a dead tree high up.

Up the point, were some Red Wattlebirds, Rainbow Lorikeets, Superb Fairy-wrens and Grey Butcherbirds.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

I got quite close to some White-cheeked Honeyeaters who were calling pretty loudly. On the street at the car park, some Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and a Spangled Drongo were darting out from their perches on the telegraph wires. They may have been hawking for insects.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

In the afternoon I went for a swim at Pilot Beach and 2 White-bellied Sea-eagles came soaring by. They were quite spectacular. They were working their way down the beach in the stiff nor-easter, then zoom down aerobatically with each other downwind. And then a pair of Osprey came along the beach so I had 4 raptors right above me and me without my camera. It always happens that way, doh!

Flower Bowl Circuit

After my swim I went and walked the Flower Bowl Circuit. I did not see much except for some Little Wattlebirds and some Red-browed Finch. I walked up to the Camden Head lookout and saw some gannets and terns and a few pods of dolphins. I came back to the Point Perpendicular track and went up to the little stream hoping to see something having a drink, but no luck. 🙁

Kattang NR Bird List 7/8/09

Regent Bowerbird, female
Eastern Spinebill
White-browed Scrubwren
Red-browed Finch
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australasian Figbird, male
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Crested Tern
Grey Butcherbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Yellow Robin
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Spangled Drongo
Australasian Gannet

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