Wednesday, June 17, 2009

East Point Reserve

I parked near the mangrove boardwalk and stepped out of the car to have a brown falcon fly out of the tree at my head, and a rainbow pitta rush past my feet. Promising start, though no photo opps. The walk to the boardwalk is quite short, but a birders paradise.

A clump of bamboo provided a hiding spot for several types of finches, including the scarlet. A dingo moved off the path to let me pass - just a bike ride from the city-centre. Fantails and flycatchers flittered in the shrubs. Flowering mangroves had attracted so many friarbirds that I could hardly hear myself think, and the smaller honeyeaters, including the beautiful red-headed, had retreated to an area near the shore. Kingfishers waited on strategic branches.

A walk around the lake brought more honeyeaters, this time on the blossoms of the palm trees, dozens of fig birds, and a pair of nesting long-tailed finches. Also lakeside were herons, egrets and ibis, and a beach stone-curlew.

Bird List:

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster (pictured above)
Red-headed Honeyeater Myzomela erythrocephala
Orange-footed Scrubfowl Megapodius reinwardt
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
Eastern Reef-Egret Egretta sacra
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Beach Stone-Curlew Esacus neglectus
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Feral Pigeon Columba livia
Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis
Forest Kingfisher Todiramphus macleayii
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris
Red-browed Pardalote Pardalotus rubricatus
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
Helmeted Friarbird Philemon buceroides
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis
Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Northern Fantail Rhipidura rufiventris
Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus
Australian Figbird Sphecotheres vieilloti
White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorhynchus
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii
Long-tailed Finch Poephila acuticauda
Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton

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