Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga


Flowerdale Update
October 29, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Eight species have been added to the list of species recorded on and around Flowerdale Lagoon. Most interesting of all is the Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster). This is not a rare parrot, but Wagga Wagga represents the easternmost limit of its range. I have never previously seen the species within the city limits. It is typically seen by roadsides near open agricultural land.

This brings the species count for Flowerdale Lagoon to 61, 56 of them native. Also seen in the lagoon was this individual:
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This, I believe, is an Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis). They are the second most venomous snake in Australia (or the world, according to Wikipedia), and are responsible for most of the country’s snake-bite fatalities. The most venomous snake is the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), which is very secretive.

Eastern Browns are good swimmers – meaning that it was fairly stupid to stop and take pictures.

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