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December 28, 2009

Ash Island Bird Photography 091228

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 10:46 am

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Ash Island Bird Photography, 28th December, 2009

The rain has been falling since Christmas Day. I have been stuck inside for four days, so this morning I got up early, fully thinking that I would be going out to Cooranbong to check out the new spot along Dora Creek. I was all dressed and ready to head off, when it started to rain again. Boy, was I peeved! And that is putting it politely compared to what I said at the time. 🙁

So I stuffed around doing other stuff, thinking that the rain would stop, and kept waiting and waiting until past midday until it looked like it might clear up. So out I went to the Hunter Wetlands Centre because its always pretty good there in inclement weather. But it was closed. It was a public holiday today. I had no idea. Things like public holidays have no meaning to me.

So, off I headed to Stockton Sandspit, but the rain came down on the way, so I stopped in at SuperCheap Auto to buy some oil. After that, I had a coffee and did the shopping waiting for the rain to stop. Finally the rain did stop after shopping, so I drove to Ash Island, to see if I could find the Little Crake on the corner. I had a good look for the crake but there was none to be seen. There is still no water in the corner pond, despite all the rain.

I spotted some Golden-headed Cisticola, so I chased them, hoping to get some photos of something at least. It turned out I got some decent photos of them. This one lauched himself off a bush, and luckily I caught him mid-flight.

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

This one looks like a fledgling with the white gape.

Golden-headed Cisticola

There were some Superb Fairy-wrens flying around the bushes as well. All of a sudden, a Swamp Harrier flew over real low looking for a feed.

Swamp Harrier
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans

He flew over a few times and then headed south-east towards the river.

Swamp Harrier

A Nankeen Kestrel was hovering overhead when I went for a walk along the track towards the river. There were also a few White-faced Heron and some crabs scrabbling around in the mud. I also managed to get a shot of a Fairy Martin showing the white bum, squarish tail and bronzy-coloured head.

Fairy Martin
Fairy Martin (Hirundo ariel)

After that, I went down the road looking for some more birds, but found nothing at all. It was quite bizarre. But at least I got outside today after what seemed like ages being stuck indoors in the rain.

Ash Island Bird list 28/12/09

Willy Wagtail
Masked Lapwing
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
Golden-headed Cisticola
Swamp Harrier
Nankeen Kestrel
Eastern Rosella
Australian Raven
Australian White Ibis
Pacific Black Duck
White-faced Heron
Fairy Martin


  1. Top pics Steve, particularly impressed with the Fairy Martin (….you’ve set me a challenge!)
    PS: still raining here (SE Qld) too!

    Comment by Tom Tarrant — December 28, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

  2. Thanks Tom.
    I got out this morning. It is still overcast and dark as anything. But at least I got outside.

    Those Fairy Martins are fast little things. Its more luck than anything else and lots of practice.


    Comment by admin — December 29, 2009 @ 1:07 am

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