Monday, 8 February 2016

Local Birds

With all the rain around it was nice to be able to take advantage of a break in the weather to visit Lake Alford to see what birds were around. The last time we were there a lot of the birds were starting to breed, and this time some were gathering nesting material as well.The photos of the Cattle Egret,Great Egret and the Night-Heron were taken in mid December, the rest were taken last Sunday. There were a lot of young Moorhen everywhere. The Silver Gull was a big surprise for us, as we only see them when we go to the coast. A new bird for the Lake Alford List!
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Eastern Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis)
In breeding plumage
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Great Egret (Ardea modesta)
In breeding plumage

Hardhead (Aythya australis)(Female)
Hardhead (Male)
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Kayak Mullens

What a great day to be on the water, with a friend to share the time with. And the birds were pretty good too, at least 1800.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)


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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Wader Time Again.

I think this is the first time I have come across a Buff-banded Rail in a tree, every other time they have been on the ground heading for cover.

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)

Mangrove Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fasciogularis)

It was a very hot day, and the Mangrove Honeyeaters found some water under one of the picnic tables to drink and have a bath to cool down.
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
 & Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)

 Lesser Sand Plover & Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Interesting to see the size difference between the different species.

 Lesser Sand Plover & Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Lesser Sand Plover

Little Tern
Mixed Waders

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

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