Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 2, 2009

NHVP meet – Galgabba 090802

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Hunter Valley Flickr Group Photography trip to Galgabba Point, 2nd August, 2009.

This morning I went to a meet with the people from the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Flickr Group – NHVP (Newcastle & Hunter Valley Photographers). We met at 10am at Galgabba Point Car Park in Swansea, just on the shores of Lake Macquarie. We had a few guides from the local landcare group that has been regenerating the area. Thank you very much to Sharon, Don and Mark. We were also shown some great examples of the local bush food, which was a real eye-opener for me. I can’t remember it all but I do know we were shown the cycad nuts which are poisonous unless washed in a creek for a certain length of time.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

We saw an Australian Magpie and a White-cheeked Honeyater up in the trees. We wandered past the Bell Miner colony and learnt that there was a lace monitor that made its nest in a tree somewhere. There was heaps of mistletoe on the trees and we heard a few Mistletoebirds and saw one of them. When we got to the lake at the end of the point we saw a few Australian Pelicans and later a Great Egret. There were four Laughing Kookaburra sitting on a tree posing for us, so everyone got in on the act and obliged our posing models.

Laughing Kookaburra

We also saw quite a few wild mushrooms which was good for macro shots and there was even some fungus on the fungus which looked quite bizarre. We finally made our way back to the car park and some of the group went off to Catherine Hill Bay for a counter lunch and some more photography. The land care group out there are doing an extraordinary job and should be congratulated for the sterling work they are doing out there. They have cleared heaps of lantana since the last time I was there and its looking spendiferous.

Galgabba Point Bird List, 2/8/09

Australian Magpie
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Bell Miner
Mistletoebird
Australian Pelican
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Laughing Kookaburra
Great Egret

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