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July 20, 2009

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Bird Photography at Martins Creek, 19th July, 2009

This morning was a HBOC trip to Martins Creek, near Paterson in the Hunter Valley. We all assembled at Maitland Station and then went up the road past Paterson and on to Martins Creek. I had no idea where we were going so I was glad to be a passenger in that convoy. We got to the property and walked up this massive hill and saw a Wedge-tailed Eagle up the top. There was a nice variety of heath and eucalypt country and we spotted some Brown Thornbills and a very nice Shining Bronze-cuckoo up in a tree. We followed the ridge along and near the waterhole we spotted three Bar-shouldered Dove on a dead tree overlooking the hill. There were also Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Golden Whistlers, and White-naped Honeyeaters around.

We trekked through the bush and spotted a Wedge-tailed Eagle’s nest. It was huge. But nobody was at home. We then went through a lovely patch of rainforest that had been regenerated by a crew. Well done, bush regeneration crew! We then went back down the hill, the very large and steep hill, that is. Half way down there were a mob of Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata).

Striated Thornbill
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)

At the bottom of the hill, we spotted heaps of birds. A pair of Jacky Winter were hanging around the fence line.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)

There were quite a few Buff-rumped Thornbill who were foraging on the ground and low amongst the tree trunks and shrubs. Then Michael spotted a Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata). What a great find. I had never seen one before.

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata)

We had morning tea and then went for a walk down the road. We saw a very large mob of 21 White-winged Choughs and they were having a fight with some Magpies. It was quite a kerfuffle. Along the road we saw Kookaburras, Galahs, Australian Wood Duck, and this Grey Butcherbird with his dinner.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

At the end of the day, a Nankeen Kestrel was wheeling high over us to speed us on our way. They usually hover a lot lower. Well that was it, a lovely day with lovely company and some new birds to see.

Martins Creek Bird Species List, 19/7/09

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Bar-shouldered Dove
Golden Whistler
White-naped Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Speckled Warbler
White-winged Chough
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Grey Butcherbird
Nankeen Kestrel

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