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)
For more Birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday.

12 comments:

mick said...

Great photos and a really great variety of birds. It is especially interesting to see the Great Egret in breeding plumage and also the Nankeen Night-Heron.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, WOW awesome variety of birds and great photos. My favorites are the Little Corella and the Little Pied Cormorants.

Denise inVA said...

Amazing collection of birds and wonderful photos. I loved them all but the Black Swans have always been special to me. I have seen them in their transplanted places but it is a dream of mine to see them in their own world. Thank you for sharing them.

Missy George said...

That Egret is gorgeous..Wonderful pictures, Neil

Lea said...

Beautiful birds!
Hard to pick a favorite, but the Cattle Egret is really special.

Nora said...

I loved all the beautiful bird photos, you are so lucky to have such a variety there and your photos are excellent.

Stewart M said...

Nice to see somebody being pleased to see a silver gull - that can't happen too often! Love that first shot of the Black Swans.

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh your night herons are so much prettier than the ones we have in America!!! And the photos of the egret in breeding plumage are fantastic.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - amazing bird photos - many I have never heard of - great shots!!!

Marie C said...

Beautiful photos!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful assortment of birds!

NatureFootstep said...

I love the look of the Cattle egret. It really has an attitude :)

Amazing shots of all the birds you share :)