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November 13, 2009

Rowes Lagoon Bird Photography 091113

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Rowes Lagoon Bird Photography – 13th November 2009.

Rowes Lagoon is just before Lake George on the highway between Goulburn and Canberra. I think it is the first rest area after you turn off the Hume Highway going to Canberra. Waterfowl and other wildlife depend on wetlands for survival. Areas such as Rowes Lagoon are threatened by siltation, drainage and pollution. The protection of Rowes Lagoon helps conserve Australia’s wetland wildlife.

The first thing you see here is a sign stencilled on a wall saying “Beware of Snakes”. So that really sets the mood. But when I was there it was cold and miserable and all the snakes would have been home in bed like any sane person instead of traipsing around the bush in the freezing cold. But anyway, I shall move on from my whinging and talk about the birds.

There were a flock of Straw-necked Ibis grazing out on the paddock and a few Welcome Swallows hurtling around the reserve. I could hear some twittering in the trees and eventually found the source of it – a heap of Yellow-rumped Thornbills who were hopping around on the grass pecking away and yabbering noisily. A couple of Galahs were feeding on the track, eating up all the yummy seeds from the grasses just nearby. A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo flew by skwarking noisily. A Pied Currawong suspiciously eyed me off from a nearby tree and a Nankeen Kestrel was hovering over some prey in the paddock. I could hear a raven calling plaintively in the distance.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill

The Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) group mainly in small flocks on the ground. The forecrown in black and spotted white. They have a white eyebrow with a dark eye-line and spotted cheeks. They are olive-brown above and creamy below. Their flanks are a buff wash with a dull yellow rump. The tail of the Yellow-rumped Thornbill is dark with a white tip. They are distributed throughout most of Australia except for the far north and some inland areas at the corner of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Rowes Lagoon bird list 13/11/09

Straw-necked Ibis
Welcome Swallow
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Australian Raven
Nankeen Kestrel

Resources:

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

Australia: An Ecotraveler’s Guide

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