Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 13, 2009

Saltwater NP Bird PHotography 090806

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Saltwater National Park Bird Photography, 6th August, 2009.

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

From Bulahdelah I drove straight on to Saltwater National Park, close to Old Bar, near Taree. I got going about 2 o’clock in the afternoon when a family of Pied Butcherbirds came stomping into my camp, singing and carrying on. The little fella came really close to me, less than a metre away. At one stage he was perched on the car door while I was sitting in the drivers seat. He was singing to me and I was responding with the same song.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

A pair of Eastern Yellow Robins also came close to my camp looking for insects, I assumed. Laughing Kookaburras also came quite close to people. I guess that some of the birds have gotten used to being fed by people having picnics and come real close looking for a feed. I never feed wild birds, I don’t think it helps them, and could even be the wrong type of food for them anyway. That is my personal choice, but.

Australian Raven
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) flying over the beach with some booty.

I went for a walk around the picnic area and all of the sudden the Pied Butcherbirds, who were following me pretty closely took off into the undergrowth. Then a Square-tailed Kite came wheeling by, and hovered right above me. Then the Pied Butcherbirds started attacking the Square-tailed Kite and made him go away.

Little Eagle
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura)

I went up to the point and saw a White-bellied Sea-eagle hovering above the water, held up by the strong Norh-east wind. He flew past me and I could see that he had a bream in his claw. I think he was looking for another one, and held the bream clasped in one claw. He was a bit greedy, I thought.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle(Haliaeetus leucogaster)

In the bushes next to the lagoon, I spotted a male Regent Bowerbird and followed him, trying to get a decent photograph of him. I did manage to get a portrait of this obliging model.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Saltwater Bird List 6/8/09

Magpie Lark
Pied Butcherbird
Square-tailed Kite
Golden Whistler
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Spangled Drongo
Eastern Yellow Robin
Little Wattlebird
Grey Fantail
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Brush Turkey
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Regent Bowerbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Sooty Oystercatcher
Australasian Gannet
Australian Magpie
White-faced Heron
Australian Raven

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