Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 2, 2009

Hat Head NP 090627

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Bird Photography at Hat Head National Park, 27th June, 2009. am

I camped at Hungry Camp, which is a great little camp near the beach at Hungry Head. There were heaps of Rainbow Lorikeets and Little Wattlebirds. The Magpies stole my breakfast! I left the muesli unattended and they were into it when I returned. They are so cheeky, watch them! I went over to the swamp next to the camping area and saw this weird pigeon on a dead tree. It was a White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela) and it is new one for me. One tick for the whole trip so far.

White-headed Pigeon
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

After that, I went to The Gap and walked towards Connors Beach on the track. I saw some Australasian Gannets fishing. I think there was one adult and two immature birds. Here is an immature bird diving in for the kill.

Australasian Gannet
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Then, two Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus) came wheeling by, working the hill side. I was ecstatic! They soared over the ridges and then headed south towards Hungry Hill.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

As I got back to the car park at Korogoro Point, a Nankeen Kestrel roosted on a tree very close. So I obliged by take some lovely photos of him.

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Distracting me from this was a pair of very brightly coloured male Superb Fairy-wrens. I was told that there were also White-bellied Sea-eagles and Osprey around this area. So it is a top spot for raptors. This is a highly recommended spot and I will surely come back for an extended visit another time.

Hat Head NP Bird List 27/6/09

Little Wattlebird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian Magpie
White-headed Pigeon
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
Willy Wagtail
Australasian Gannet
Brahminy Kite
Nankeen Kestrel
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow

June 25, 2009

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography 090625

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Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon 25th June, 2009

Well, this story starts yesterday afternoon. I went to Belmont North swamp and parked at Lenaghans oval on Wommara Avenue at Belmont North. There were a bunch of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in the flowering eucalypts and a couple of rainbow lorikeet. I followed this creek into the swamp but there was nothing much about. I followed the edge of the bush after that and saw only some Chestnut Teal and Australian Wood Duck in an artificial pond at some estate they were building. It was a major disappointment. I could not find my way into the middle of the swamp so that maybe better. I don’t know.

This morning I went to Belmont Lagoon and wandered down Cold Tea Creek. There were a mob of Little Black Cormorants roosting on the wires as well as a Little Pied Cormorant and a few Spotted Turtle-doves. Further up in the reeds there were some Yellow Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Superb Fairy-wren and Southern Emu-wren. I could not get any decent photos of the Emu-wrens as they kept behind the bushes and would not come out into the open. I was most disappointed.

I turned right at the end of the creek and saw a heap of White-cheeked Honeyeaters, and some Crested Pigeons. In the distance towards the beach, I saw a Black-shouldered Kite on a dead tree. I walked up the road to get closer, and ended up bashing through the bush to get a closer look at him. I finally got pretty close and got some lovely photos.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite(Elanus axillaris)

After that I went towards the peninsula and there were some Little
Wattlebirds and a pair of Striped Honeyeaters. The wattlebirds were trying to get rid of the Striped Honeyeaters but they were having none of it. There was not much up the peninsula except some Black Swans. On the way back I saw a Nankeen Kestrel hovering near the sewerage treatment works. I went over and then say a hovering Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, which was quite weird. I have seen a white-bellied Cuckoo-shrike doing the same thing. I must find out about this behaviour.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird(Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater(Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

The Nankeen Kestrel came closer and was hovering quite close to me and I got some good shots. I was stoked. After that, I went back down Cold Tea Creek where I saw some Red-browed Finches and an Intermediate Egret, some Chestnut Teals and another Little Pied Cormorant. By this time my card was full and I had taken 8 gigs of photos. I havent had time to process them yet, so I will put them in here when I get them done. I had to write this up before I forgot it all. Edit: The photos have finally been edited.

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel(Falco cenchroides)

Bird Species List, Belmont Lagoon, 25/6/09

Little Black Cormorant
Little PIed Cormorant
Spotted Turtle-dove
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Emu-wren
Brown Thornbill
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Crested Pigeon
Black-shouldered Kite
Little Wattlebird
Striped HOneyeater
Black Swan
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Nankeen Kestrel
Red-browed Finch
Superb Fairy-wren
Intermediate Egret

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