Birdlife East Gippsland had an outing to Burnt Bridge and Cherrytree east of Lakes Entrance yesterday for a morning of birdwatching. I was especially taken with Burnt Bridge.
We arrived at the carpark. Some members looked downstream to dead trees by the waterside and commented that they would be great spots for white-bellied sea-eagles to perch and survey for potential prey. Having only walked 50 metres downstream, we spotted such a beastie, missed on the initial quick perusal. With its patchy buff-white head and body, this will be a second year bird.
Answers as to what he/she is doing with the right foot on a postcard to ... Perhaps the leg is injured. A little further on we spotted a second sea-eagle, maybe a first year juvenile bird with all the brown feathers.
Magic. f8 and be there!
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
First stop was Ash Island at Newcastle. First bird seen through the new bins?? An Australian Raven. But we did see a Brown Falcon, Whistling Kite and Swamp Harrier in the same field of view!! Followed quickly by a Black-shouldered Kite. He loves all the birds but especially raptors. Oh, and Rosellas.
Lunch the next day at Nambucca Heads saw a Brown Honeyeater and a tagged Beach Stone-curlew then we caught up with the family at Lake Arragan in Yuraygir NP where we camped for the night. This time it was a White-bellied Sea-eagle and an Osprey in the same field of view!! Plus 3 minutes of full frontal Red-backed Fairy-wren [no camera of course -- we were coming back from an early morning wander], a White-cheeked Honeyeater and a Varied Triller. We ended up having no time to see the Alberts Lyrebird in the Mt Jerusalem NP where they live behind Mullumbimby.
I didn't get the camera out much. Too much to do just birding with an enthusiast! Here are some pics.
|Forgot. A Brahminy Kite too!|
|Brown Honeyeater, Nambucca Heads|
|Beach Stone-curlew, Nambucca Heads|
Magic. f6.3 and be there!