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July 21, 2009

Tomago Wetlands 090721

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Bird Photography at Tomago Wetlands, 21st July, 2009.

This morning I went to the Tomago Wetlands, which are adjacent to the Hunter River on the northern side. I guess it is almost opposite Ash Island. We had to go in via a roundabout route and it was a bit muddy, but we managed to get through all right. We stopped at the flood gates and saw a Mistletoebird and a few Silvereye. We also saw a Fan-tailed Cuckoo in the same general area.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)

We turned off towards what is called the rice paddy and followed the levee banks around the paddock. We saw some Golden-headed Cisticola and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. A couple of people walked through the field and flushed a couple of Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus). A Black-shouldered Kite was hovering to the east and there was a Swamp Harrier hovering around at times. We completed the circuit of the “rice paddy” and walked up the road a bit and then turned back.

After that, we went to a field further around to the east and went for a walk around the wet fields. We only saw a few Golden-headed Cisticola, an Australian Magpie and a pair of Australian Pipit. Back at the start of the field, we spotted a couple of Grey Butcherbirds, some Striped Honeyeaters, a few Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and an Olive-backed Oriole. There were a few raptors wheeling about high in the air – a Brown Falcon, Swamp Harrier and a White-bellied Sea-eagle.

Well that was about it for the day. Quite a good day for spotting birds, seeing it is in the middle of winter. My photos were not so great so I was not impressed with that, but I had an enjoyable day out. After a nice feed, I went for a surf at Bar Beach. At around mid-day the temperature was about 21 degrees Celsius. Nice and hot for winter.

Tomago Wetlands Bird Species List, 21/7/09

Masked Lapwing
White-faced Heron
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Australian Raven
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Willy Wagtail
Golden-headed Cisticola
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australasian Bittern
Australian White Ibis
Brown Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Swamp Harrier
Black-shouldered Kite
Brown Falcon
White-bellied Sea-eagle
(H = Heard)
Little Grassbird (H)
Grey Shrike-thrush (H)

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