Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kooragang Island

This evening I took Dusty and Thommo to Kooragang Island. There is a mown section in the industrial area where they can chase hares in safety. It safe for the hares too - there is no chance of them being caught.

With the river, mangroves, mown grass and native plantings it is often a productive area for birds. There are a number of weed species in this spot, including lantana, bitou bush, and coral trees.

Heavy clouds and the late afternoon encouraged me to use flash light, which I'm not fond of as a general rule - not just for ethical reasons, but because it alters the appearance of the plumage of many birds. It was interesting how reflective the white feathers of the White-plumed Honeyeaters were in the flash light.

Bird List:

  • White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus (pictured above)
  • Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
  • Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
  • Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
  • Australasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
  • Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
  • Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
  • Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  • Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
  • White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
  • Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus

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