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February 16, 2010

Goulburn River – Shepparton

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Goulburn River – Shepparton

This morning I took a walk along the Goulburn River near the football oval at Shepparton. It was quite dark this morning and I had great difficulties getting any shots because there just wasn’t enough light. First up, a flock of Straw-necked Ibis flew over head in V formation, no doubt headed to some paddock to root around for some grubs or insects. There were a bunch of Galahs and Australian Magpies on the footy field, pecking away for some tidbits. Down on the river bank, these Sulphur-crested Cockatoos were having a drink off a log over the river.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita)

I spotted a couple of Azure Kingfishers on a log over the river as well. They were fishing and darting into the water but I could not see if they caught anything. It was so dark, I had the flash on them but they came out all blurry. Azure Kingfishers have red feet, whilst sacred Kingfishers have greyish coloured feet. That is a good way to distinguish them, because sometimes the Sacred Kingfishers have a bit of a buff colouration on the chests or flanks. I kept on spotting some black birds on the banks of the river, but could not get a shot, as they were too flighty and I could hardly see them, let alone take a photo. I also spotted this very young Laughing Kookaburra. He must have just got his flying licence, I reckon.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

After that, not much else. Just a mob of Rainbow Lorikeets and a Spotted Pardalote sunning himself on a branch when the sun came out. It was pretty slim pickings along the Goulburn River this morning, I’m afraid. 🙁

Goulburn River, Shepparton Bird List

Straw-necked Ibis
Noisy Miner
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Australian Magpie
Azure Kingfisher
Superb Fairy-wren
Pacific Black Duck
Rainbow Lorikeet
Spotted Pardalote

February 15, 2010

Shepparton Birding

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Reedy Swamp

15th February, 2010.

Reedy Swamp is out to the north of Shepparton in Central Victoria, Australia. It is just near the Billabong Garden Complex that is off the road to Tocumwal. I am guessing that it is a billabong that came off the Goulburn River. There were a few Water birds like Grey Teal, Pacific Black Ducks, White-faced Heron, Purple Swamphen, and these Australian White Ibis who flew across the clouds at sunset, making a nice photo opportunity.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Mostly though, I had a look out for bush birds, and they were way more interesting. The Willy Wagtails, White-breasted Woodswallows, and White-plumed Honeyeaters were all having games of chasings. It was quite hilarious to see them all chasing each other in pairs around the trees. No hope at all of getting a photo of them, but. This Sacred Kingfisher had spied something on the ground and seconds after this, he dove down and grabbed it, but I could not see what he got. I hope he had a nice breakfast.

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I also spotted a Blue-faced Honeyeater being harassed by a Noisy Miner. He was not too worried and mainly just shrugged him off. Noisy Miners seem to be very aggressive territorial birds. Later on, this mouse jumped up on this tree and just stared at me. I think its a mouse. Its wild life, because it is in the bush. ha ha. I think it might be a Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes), a insect eating marsupial. Thanks to Pseudomogil for the heads up.

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Reedy Swamp bird list

Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Eastern Rosella
Willy Wagtail
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Crested Pigeon
Laughing Kookaburra
White-faced Heron
Grey Shrike-thrush
White-plumed Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Australian Magpie
Tree Martin
Red-rumped Parrot
White-breasted Woodswallow
Sacred Kingfisher
Purple Swamphen

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