Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 22, 2009

Hunter Wetlands Centre 090621

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New Members Day at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 21st June, 2009.

Today was the new members day for the Hunter Bird Observers Club that was held at the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland, Newcastle. We set off around the main pond that had the usual water birds such as Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, and the ubiqitous Magpie Goose. This one came flying in with a few other ones.

Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose(Anserana semipalmata)

And this one was having a bit of a shake in the water.

Magpie Goose

We wandered over to the other ponds and had the good fortune to see some Pink-eared Ducks and Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) with their weird looking bills and orange legs. We also had the good fortune to see a Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) flying past, being harrassed by a magpie. It was too far away for a decent photo, but we all got a good look at it and it was a first for me. Further on, we spotted quite a few Whistling Kites, I saw at least three, but there may have been more. There are always a few of them flying around the wetlands centre.

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Further around towards the end of the breeding pond, we say a couple of Nankeen Night Herons and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. Other people saw a Striped Honeyeater, but I could not find it. doh! There were a few honeyeaters that were feeding on the flowering melaleuca trees. Mainly Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and White-cheeked Honeyeaters. This bird is a female Golden Whistler, I think. I was not sure because of the yellow under the tail and the reddish eye.

female Golden Whistler
female Golden Whistler ? (Pacycephala pectoralis)

Coming back near where the wooden bridge is, we saw a pair of Wandering Whistling Ducks and an Azure Kingfisher fishing. There were also three male Chestnut Teals who were displaying quite humorously and decked out in new breeding plumage. They looked very spiffy indeed, but their macho displays were rather comical.

Here is a pair of Galah and I took this photograph to show the difference between the male and female. The female is on the left and is smaller and has a pinkish eye. I never knew that until yesterday.

female and male Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)

Well that was about it, except that we had a wonderful barbecue with sausages and salad. It was very yummy. Thank you indeed.

Bird Species List, Hunter Wetlands Centre, 21/6/09

Magpie Goose
Eurasian Coot
Australian Raven
Dusky Moorhen
Chestnut Teal
Australasian Shoveler
Pink-eared Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
Azure Kingfisher
Superb Fairy-wren
Willy Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Australian White Ibis
Whistling Kite
Grey Goshawk
White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Golden Whistler
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Yellow Thornbird
Australasian Grebe
Laughing Kookaburra
Welcome Swallow
Olive-backed Oriole
Eastern Spinebill

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