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August 13, 2009

Bulahdelah Bird Photography 090806

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 7:15 am

Bulahdelah Bird Photography, 6th August, 2009.

This was the start of my second Bird Photography trip to the north coast of new south wales. I was late getting out onto the Pacific Highway, so I did not get to Bulahdelah until about ten o’clock in the morning. I parked next to the pub and went and got a cup of coffee. I saw what I thought were a pair of Radjah Shelducks across the Myall River so I got out the camera and took some photos of them. But I am not sure what they were yet. They looked like they might have been some type of weird hybrid geese.

There were a few swallow gathering nest material under the bridge. I walked further along down the river bank and there were quite a few thornbills in the casuarina trees overlooking the river. They are really frustrating to photograph because they make heaps of racket but move arouns quite quickly and are always hiding behind the leaves and branches. There were also a lot of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and a few other assorted water birds such as Australian White Ibis and some Royal Spoonbills.

Bulahdelah Bird List, 6/8/09

Yellow Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Welcome Swallow
Australian White Ibis
Pcific Black Duck
Royal Spoonbill


  1. G’day Steve, Those ducks are definitely Radjah Shelducks. I was up there about 2 months ago looking for them. I think Lucky or Dan posted a pic of one about 3 months ago on the old BirdingOz site.

    Comment by myoung400 — August 13, 2009 @ 8:51 am

  2. thanks mark.
    i had a look in the book and they were not radjahs.
    They had an orange goosey beak and were not like the radjah at all. oh well. doh!

    Comment by admin — August 13, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  3. Those birds must have been the Greylag Geese that hang around near the bridge. A pity they weren’t the Radjah’s though.

    Comment by myoung400 — August 13, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

  4. aha.. greylag geese.
    so that’s what they were, thanks mark..

    Comment by admin — August 13, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

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