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August 13, 2009

Kattang NR Bird Photography 090807

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Kattang Nature Reserve – Dunbogan, 7th August 2009.

Point Perpendicular Walk.

After stopping at Harrington, I headed straight to Kattang Nature Reserve, near Laurieton. I went over the river past Dunbogan to Camden Head where I stopped and followed the trail that goes to Point Perpendicular. It juts out pretty far into the sea. I think the walk one way is about 1.5 kilometres.

I started by seeing some White-browed Scrubwrens scrabbling around on the forest floor and then a few Little Wattlebirds and some Lewin’s Honeyeaters. Then I noticed a female Regent Bowerbird near a bit of a swamp where there were a few paperbark trees.

female Regent Bowerbird
female Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

Just beyond that, I came upon a Red-browed Finch, less than half a metre away from me, feeding on some Casuarina seeds on the ground. I could have leant out and touched him, he was so close. An adult White-bellied Sea-eagle flew past and later I saw him roosting on a dead tree high up.

Up the point, were some Red Wattlebirds, Rainbow Lorikeets, Superb Fairy-wrens and Grey Butcherbirds.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

I got quite close to some White-cheeked Honeyeaters who were calling pretty loudly. On the street at the car park, some Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and a Spangled Drongo were darting out from their perches on the telegraph wires. They may have been hawking for insects.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

In the afternoon I went for a swim at Pilot Beach and 2 White-bellied Sea-eagles came soaring by. They were quite spectacular. They were working their way down the beach in the stiff nor-easter, then zoom down aerobatically with each other downwind. And then a pair of Osprey came along the beach so I had 4 raptors right above me and me without my camera. It always happens that way, doh!

Flower Bowl Circuit

After my swim I went and walked the Flower Bowl Circuit. I did not see much except for some Little Wattlebirds and some Red-browed Finch. I walked up to the Camden Head lookout and saw some gannets and terns and a few pods of dolphins. I came back to the Point Perpendicular track and went up to the little stream hoping to see something having a drink, but no luck. 🙁

Kattang NR Bird List 7/8/09

Regent Bowerbird, female
Eastern Spinebill
White-browed Scrubwren
Red-browed Finch
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australasian Figbird, male
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Crested Tern
Grey Butcherbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Yellow Robin
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Spangled Drongo
Australasian Gannet

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