Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 4, 2009

Stockton Bird Photography 090603

Bird Photography at the Stockton Channel, 3rd June, 2009.

This afternoon I dropped in along the Stockton Channel as I had something to do over at Stockton. I stopped at the usual places – the boat ramp, the point, and at the wreck, I spotted this juvenile Striated Heron that was sitting on the wreck. He was right in the line of the sun, so I tried to move around a bit so that the sun was not blowing everything out from behind and he flew off north towards the mangroves. Juveniles seem to be spotty or streaked and later on the adults lose these striations. The Striated Heron belongs to the Group: Ciconiiformes and Family: Ardeidae.

Striated Heron
juvenile Striated Heron(Butorides striatus)

After that, I headed towards the bridge and checked in the bay, just to the east of the bridge. There seemed to be a lot of fish chopping about in the bay, with pelicans and terns fishing. I often see the raptors flying in this area, so I am thinking that this bay is a great place for watching birds catching fish. Here is a Caspian Tern with a big fish in his mouth. I am not sure how he is going to get this down. Thanks to Tobias for the correction to my original identification, which was a Crested Tern.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern(Sterna caspia)

I parked under the bridge at the Stockton Sandspit, and as soon as I got out, the tribe of Superb Fairy-wrens were hopping about in the gardens in the car park. So I snapped a female(see edit below). Notice that there is some blue and white tips in the tail of this female. Superb Fairy-wren belong to the Group: Passeriformes and Family: Maluridae.

Edit: This photo may be of a male Superb Fairy-wren who is in the first year, after the first moult. Thanks to David Stowe for the correction.

Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren(Malurus cyaneus)

And here is the male showing off with breeding plumage.

Superb Fairy-wren
male Superb Fairy-wren(Malurus cyaneus)

Bird Species List, Stockton Channel, 3/6/09

Superb Fairy-wren
Black-winged Stilt
Bar-tailed Godwit
Caspian Tern
Crested Tern
Eastern Curlew
Red-necked Avocet
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Striated Heron

February 25, 2009

Bird Photography Belmont Lagoon 090225

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Bird Photography at Belmont Lagoon. 25th February, 2009.

This morning I went to Belmont Lagoon to do some more bird photography. I have been going four mornings in a row. I did want to do some surfing photography the other day but it was not very good, so I just carried on to Redhead Lagoon. Well this morning I finally got a photo of a Striated Heron(Butorides striatus). This has been my third trip here without a photo of this bird but today I finally cracked it. Its not very good, not sharp and it is noisy, but it is a photo.

Striated Heron

I made my way along the lagoon edge and along the sand dunes I saw a White-cheeked Honeyeater and a Little Wattlebird or two. There was a White-bellied Sea-eagle roosting on a dead tree in the middle of a swamp. Also roosting on dead trees were a white-faced heron and a cormorant. This young Grey Butcherbird was singing a song for me as I headed back towards the peninsula.

Grey Butcherbird

There were a heap of Red-browed Finch along the road and in the trees.

Red-browed Finch

And once again i came upon a White-cheeked honeyeater. These are becoming quite common to see in coastal heathlands. Maybe that is their main habitat.

White-cheeked Honeyeater

An Azure Kingfisher flashed past me going along the creek, I managed to get a shot off, but it was blurred. Too bad. As ever, the White-breasted Woodswallows were posing quite well. They are the attention seekers, aren’t they?

White-breasted woodswallow

And the Little Wattlebirds were making their usual raucous calls. I am beginning to really like these birds.

Little Wattlebird

And that was it for the day. I processed all the photos up and there they were, the best ones for your viewing enjoyment! 🙂

Click here for Little Wattlebird Call in mp3

Belmont Lagoon Bird Species List, 25/2/09

Spotted Turtle-dove
White-faced Heron
Striated Heron
White-breasted woodswallow
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Little Wattlebird
Red-browed Finch
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Silvereye
Azure Kingfisher
Black Swan

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