Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

Some New Arrivals (and Some Still to Come)
October 18, 2009, 8:25 pm
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Australian Wood Ducklings (Chenonetta jubata) on Wollundry Lagoon

We are coming to the end of the breeding season for many bird species. Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) have been seen with young since mid-August; Australian Magpies (Cracticus tibicen) and Magpie-larks (Grallina cyanoleuca) have been seen feeding chicks in recent weeks (and the former have been swooping for some time now); Speckled Warblers (Chthonicola sagittatus) have been seen with dependent young; an immature Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) has been spotted just of town; young male Red-Capped Robins (Petroica goodenovii) have been seen play-fighting; and Yellow and Yellow-Rumped Thornbills (Acanthiza nana and Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) and Eastern Yellow Robins (Eopsaltria australis) have been seen in the last six or so weeks gathering nesting materials.


Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) Juvenile


Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) Juvenile

But Spring is not over yet. Many birds are still incubating eggs, many others are still accompanied by juveniles, and others are still nest-building (though most likely in preparation for their second brood of the year).


Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

This Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) is nesting (not for the first time) in the carpark of the Charles Sturt University’s Agriculture Campus. Another Lapwing appears to have set up a nest in the oval nearby. Neither is at all sheltered from the elements and the individual photographed above is no more than half a metre from the nearest car. One can only hope that incubation doesn’t take too long!

Possibly my favourite sighting of the season is the juvenile White-Plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) shown below. Click on the image to view it at full size.

White-Plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) Feeding Young

White-Plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) Feeding Young

[In the next few weeks I hope to profile Malebo Hill and Rocky Hill, continue my series on the flora and fauna of Willans Hill, and begin a similar series on Livingstone National Park.]


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You should seriously consider entering shots in some wildlife photographic competitions. This one in particular when it opens for entries in January.

Comment by Chris

I could, I suppose, but that competition is quite a high-profile affair. Somehow I can’t quite imagine competing with some of the professional photographers who enter it.

Comment by wwdavid

You never know your luck, its always worth a shot.

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