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May 4, 2009

Bird Photography Ash Island 090427

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Ash Island, Hunter River, Bird Photography, 27th April, 2009.

Well I am home at last. This morning I went to Ash Island, which is on the Hunter River, Newcastle. The temperature was 14 degrees Centigrade at 8 am. I saw a few raptors but they were too far away for any decent shots. Probably also I am getting a bit more fussy now. There was a dead rabbit on the road just before Milham Road starts and the crows and Whistling Kites flew off as I approached. As I said there were lots of raptors in the distance, but nothing came close. The only decent photographs were of Black-fronted Dotterels and a Pied Butcherbird.

The Black-fronted Dotterel(Elseyornis melanops) is of the Family Charadriidae and they are widespread throughout Australia. Their habitat is the shallow margins of wetlands, lakes, marshes and other freshwater bodies of water. The Black-fronted Dotterel feeds on small molluscs and aquatic and terrestrial insects.

Black-fronted Dotterel

C. E. Bryant, in The Emu asserts that: “Particular birds seem to be very local and are often confined to small water-holes and dams. ” This may well be the case as there is always a group of Black-fronted Dotterels at the same spot along Wagtail Way whenever I visit there.

Black-fronted Dotterel

The Pied Butcherbird(Cracticus nigrogularis) is said to be the best singer of the birds of Australia. They belong to family Artamidae. Pied Butcherbirds prey on small reptiles, mammals, frogs, and birds, as well as large insects.

Pied Butcherbird

The nest of the Pied Butcherbird is a bowl of sticks and twigs, lined with grasses and other finer materials.

Pied Butcherbird

Sources: csiro, austmus.gov.au, birdsinbackyards.net, ozanimals.com

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