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August 18, 2009

Seal Rocks Bird Photography 090812

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks, Myall Lakes National Park, 12th August 2009.

In the afternoon I drove to Seal Rocks hoping to find some surf. I went out at the Point but it was very bumpy. After a nanna nap and some lunch I trudged up to the lighthouse at the end of Boat Beach. There were lots of honeyeaters around on the track, mainly Lewin’s Honeyeaters and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. A fair few of the stringybark/Blackbutt type trees had blossoms on them, so that was an attraction for the nectar-feeding birds.

Around the lighthouse there were lots of New Holland Honeyeaters and they were flying around all over the place and posing on the tops of the trees as they usually do.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

I talked to the ranger who said that there were a couple of White-bellied Sea-eagles around and they also get Whistling Kites and Nankeen Kestrels around the lighthouse. Up at the light itself, I spotted a White-bellied Sea-eagle sitting on of the seal rocks below the lighthouse. Later on, another one joined it. I waited for a while for them to come and soar over me, but they just sat there, so I eventually got bored and walked back to the car. lol.

Seal Rocks bird list, 12/8/09

Lewin’s Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Australian Magpie
Willy Wagtail
Little Wattlebird
Brown Thornbill
Australasian Gannet
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Pied Butcherbird
Eastern Yellow Robin
Crested Tern

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