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August 14, 2009

Ryans Cut Bird Photography 090809

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Ryan’s Cut, Hat Head National Park, 9th August 2009.

Ryan’s Cut is a lagoon/creek that almost empties out to the ocean. It was developed in 1973 as a clearance for the flood waters of the Macleay River Valley. There are no facilities, just a great scenery. After I woke up, I wandered around the edge of the creeks and the paperbark swamp. There were a few White-cheeked Honeyeaters and then I photographed a Shining Bronze-cuckoo.

Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)

Thre weren’t many water birds on the lagoon, just a couple of Chestnut Teals. I saw a few Brown Honeyeaters and heard an Eastern Whipbird but could not photograph or see one, despite some very quiet stalking. Whipbirds are starting to be my bugbear, my nemesis. But I am determined to get a good photograph of one. ha ha. A Spangled Drongo made an appearance but flew off before I could get into a decent position to photograph him.

There was a mob of Superb Fairy-wrens and your usual Little Wattlebirds feeding on the Banksia trees and making a general nuisance of themselves.

Ryans Cut Bird List 9/8/09

Willy Wagtail
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Brown Honeyeater
Chestnut Teal
Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail
Spangled Drongo
White-faced Heron
Welcome Swallow
Lewin’s Honeyeater

Crescent Head

That afternoon I made it to Crescent Head and had a great surf out at the point. After a snooze I heard all this sqwarking and went outside and saw people pointing to an Osprey in a tall pine tree in the Camping area. And in the middle of the Caravan Park was a massive Osprey nest high up in the tallest pine tree. Mum was sitting in another tree getting away from her screaming kids.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

On another tree was a Nankeen Kestrel being harassed by some Magpie-larks. Australian Pipits were scrabbling on the ground in front on the grass, and when I went out to take some photos of the surfing, a Crested Tern and a Reef Egret were picking around the rocks on the shore

Australian Pipit
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)

Crescent Head bird list 9/8/09 pm

Nankeen Kestrel
Australian Pipit
Crested Tern
Reef Egret

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