Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Inskip Point

All set to go kayaking. Good tide early morning, only one problem, the wind was blowing a gale. Plan B, go for a drive instead to Inskip Point to see what birds were around.
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)

 Not very often you get a clear photo showing different species nicely lined up, in this case four terns.
 Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)
Great Knot
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

 A large flock of Pelicans and Godwits were on the little sand island out from the point.
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longiristris)

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
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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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