Resplendent in Turquoise

November 27, 2012

Dressed respendedly in turquoise with black cap and gold bling, there was a little jewel of a bird on the ancient railway line, stripping small seeds from the grass already seeding from recent rain...


Dressed respendedly in turquoise with black cap and gold bling, there was a little jewel of a bird on the ancient railway line, stripping small seeds from the grass already seeding from recent rain...

 

In late November Stefan Schlick, a birder from Portland Oregon, and I went down to Pine Creek and checked out various locations. First we went to the sewerage ponds and cemetery (high profile destinations for all serious birders) and observed four Pink-eared Ducks as well as the usual Grey Teal, Australasian Grebe and Black-winged Stilt. Some grass is starting to seed already from the rains that started in October. This is good news for finches and we saw some Masked Finches near the cemetery.

After booking into the camp grounds in Pine Creek we found about a dozen Hooded Parrots in the vicinity. Some were in nearby trees, a pair was on the footpath near the oval and another pair was on the disused railway track. This time they didn’t seem to be as flighty as they often are and we were able to observe and photograph them until we had had enough and walked away.

A Great Bowerbird diligently attended his bower which was only about twenty metres from our tent.

Another surprise was waiting for us down at the water gardens in the centre of town. First we found an Azure Kingfisher and then a Black Bittern. The bittern flushed three times but was reluctant to fly off.

Locations visited

Pine Creek

Wildlife

Land Birds 28 species
Hooded Parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) 10
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) 10 All areas
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) 6 nests near sportsground
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 4 At the sewerage ponds
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 3 At the sewerage ponds
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) 3 At the sewerage ponds
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) 3 At the sewerage ponds
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 3 At the sewerage ponds
White-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus unicolor) 1
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) 1 At the water gardens
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 1
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) 1 At the sewerage ponds
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1 At the sewerage ponds
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) 1
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) 1
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 1 At the sewerage ponds
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) 1
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) 1 At the water gardens
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) 1
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1 At the sewerage ponds
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) 1 At the water gardens
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 1
Seabirds 1 species
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1 At the water gardens

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