Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga


Lake Albert Update
December 4, 2009, 5:46 pm
Filed under: General, Observations | Tags: , ,

The last post showed the dry, cracked northern shore of the lake. The image above shows the lake in a slightly more flattering light.

I have added the Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) and the Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) to the list for Lake Albert. Several of the former were present in the wetlands at the southern end of the lake, but they are a notoriously flighty bird. Rarely does one see them clearly enough to be sure of the ID. The latter species was present in extraordinary numbers. Eight separate flocks, containing on average probably a dozen individuals, passed by the southern end of the lake late in the evening. This is the first time I have seen them in such numbers. This is a special pleasure as they are listed as vulnerable by DEC and as vulnerable with a downward population trend on the IUCN Red List.

Update, December 5: I have also added the Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) to the list for Willans Hill. A single individual was seen repeatedly entering and exiting a narrow opening in a tree trunk. I assume it was catching and delivering insects to its young.

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