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Bird Log September 3rd 2008

Today I went to Ash Island which is an island in the estuary of the Hunter River, Newcastle Australia. The weather today was overcast with scattered rain fall. The wind was from the south to south east at around twenty knots. Before white settlement, Ash Island was a complex of lush coastal rainforest and mangrove tidal mudflats. It was named for the Ash trees that used to be there, but were all cut down. It is part of the Kooragang Island Wetland Rehabilitation Project which has been restoring wildlife habitats in selected areas. I went down the lane to the Riverside Park and there were a number of birds in the fields just off the road.

Bird Species List

White-necked Heron

white-necked heron
Camera settings were : 1/1600 second, f/5.6, ISO800 with a 400 mm lens. The camera was a Canon 40D.

The White-necked Heron has a scientific name of ardea pacifica. The bird above is a breeding bird. The White-necked Heron has a dark grey bill and white head and neck and is sometimes called the Pacific Heron. The back and wings are black. The size is from 70 to 100 centimetres. Their habitat is wet pastures, floodwaters, and shallow fresh water wetlands distributed throughout all of Australia, except for the most arid areas, and New Guinea. They feed on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, and insects. Breeding is mostly done between September and December. The White-necked Heron nests in dead or living trees around fresh water wetlands.

Straw-necked Ibis

straw-necked ibis
Camera settings were : 1/800 second, f/7.1, ISO800 with a 400 mm lens.

The Straw-necked Ibis has a scientific name of Threskiornis spinicollis. They feed on small aquatic animals as well as some insects like grasshoppers, crickets, or locusts. The Straw-necked Ibis breeds at any time of the year and can lay up to five eggs on a nest platform in reeds or a bush. They are large birds of size about 70 centimetres.

Australian White Ibis

australian white ibis
Camera settings were : 1/1600 second, f/7.1, ISO800.

The Australian White Ibis has a scientific name of Threskiornis molucca.