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March 25, 2013

Wallabadah Birding

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Wallabadah Cemetery.

First stop heading out west from Newcastle was the Burning Mountain rest area, just west from Scone, still in the Upper Hunter Valley. Last time here I had seen a Wedge-tailed Eagle, so was hoping for another sighting. I did happen to see a Black-shouldered Kite hovering over the other side of the highway, some Australian Wood Ducks, Noisy Miners and Eastern Rosellas.

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

I spent a few days at Wallabadah at the rest area. The Cemetery is just down the road and is a very worthwhile place to visit for birding. This morning there were not a great deal of birds around. Lots of Noisy Miners and Eastern Rosellas, as well as Australian King-Parrots were wheeling about over the fields and dead trees.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

The Pied Butcherbirds were in fine voice with their flute-like mellow notes. It is hard to say which is the better song-bird: the butcherbird or the magpie.

Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Wallabadah birds list

Nankeen Kestrel
Pied Butcherbird
Noisy Miner
Austrlian King-Parrot
Eastern Rosella
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Welcome Swallow
Australian Magpie
Crested Pigeon

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