Monday, June 22, 2009

Howard Springs Nature Park

Today's excursion was to Howard Springs. In the wet season this is a good spot for Magpie Geese, Whistling Ducks, Radjah Shelducks and Pygmy Geese, however today the dominant species was the Little Corella. Dozens of the birds were calling from the trees around the spring-fed pool at the picnic ground.
Our first sighting was a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher. This is becoming the iconic bird of the trip - popping up wherever I go and posing on well lit perches like an entrant in America's Next Top Model - yes, lovely ... put one wing on your hip please ... gorgeous!
The highlights included a pair of Shining Flycatchers foraging in the leaf litter and chasing one another away from the best bits, and the Large-billed Gerygone who perched in a perfect spot for a photograph.
Bird List:
Large-billed Gerygone Gerygone magnirostris (pictured above)
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Pied Imperial-Pigeon Ducula bicolour
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
Galah Cacatua roseicapilla
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
Large-billed Gerygone Gerygone magnirostris
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster
Shining Flycatcher Myiagra alecto
Varied Triller Lalage leucomela
White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike Coracina papuensis
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum

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