Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 29, 2010

Narrandera Wetlands Bird Photography

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Narrandera Wetlands

The Narrandera Wetlands are just over the bridge on the way out to Hay and the Sturt Highway. Just turn first right going out of town over the bridge and there you are. The Tourist Information has excellent maps and provide brilliant service. Well the first thing I heard when I started off yesterday afternoon was this crying of a bird. I was looking all over the place for it in the trees. I did not see it until I looked down. And there was this baby bird crying out.

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

I could not tell what it was until I saw a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes hanging around with some food for the poor little mite. I am guessing that the baby chick fell out of the nest. At least it was up a little bit offthe ground on a branch.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
adult Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike with grasshopper for baby

A little while later I came back and there was a pair of magpies that were near the chick. The adult Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes were dive bombing the magpies and you could hear a very loud whack! each time they hit the magpies. Eventually after a lot of attacking, the magpies got the hint and moved away. Then dark descended and the moon rose.

Moon

The next morning, the chick was still there but it seemed to have been abandoned by its parents. A local birder came along and said that he will ring WIRES, the animal rescue people, to come and get it. I carried along around the wetlands and saw a few Yellow-billed Spoonbills. We do not usually get them on the coast, they are more an inland bird as far as I know.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

And as usual there were heaps of Galahs hanging around the paddocks. Because they are so common, one forgets how beautiful they look.

Galahs
Galah (Cacatua roseicapillus)

Oh, and I almost forgot to say that there have been some Little Bitterns seen at the wetlands, but they were not around or I did not see them, doh!

Narrandera Wetlands bird list 29-30/01/10

Galah
Australian Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Chough
Grey Shrike-thrush
Magpie-lark
Grey Teal
Australian White Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Purple Swamphen
Eastern Rosella
Dollarbird
Pacific Black Duck
Laughing Kookaburra
Whistling Kite
White-faced Heron
Australian Reed-warbler
Australasian Grebe
Yellow Rosella (Platycerus elegans flaveolus)
Common Starling
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Raven

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