Autumn Bird Survey: Saturday, 26th April, 2014

The 2014 Autumn bird survey was conducted on Saturday, 26th April 07:30-09:30.

 Grey start

 The weather was reasonably warm and the threatened rain held off.  Although the sky was dull at first, and at the end of the walk, there was a good burst of sunshine in the middle which made it easier to spot the colours of the bird-life.  For example, see the samples of what we saw below – a Crimson Rosella, a male Gang-Gang cockatoo, an Eastern Rosella, a Galah and Rainbow Lorikeets respectively (thanks to our photographers Ken, Chris and John):

crimson rosella

 gang gangeastern roselllagalah lorikeets2

We sighted thirty species – a good result given that most were indigenous and some of the more common birds in the park (such as the wood ducks) were not spotted!

Here are the fully survey results:  BCAC Autumn Bird Survey April 2014 .

Highlights were the flying display of the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (being harassed by Noisy Miners) and the sheer number of Tawny Frogmouths (see below), Spotted Pardalotes and Brown Thornbills.

tawny up closeIn relation to the thornbills and pardalotes, one our group leaders commented on the excellent habitat the park affords the local bird-life and, in particular, the improvements due to removal of woody weeds along the creek.

As usual, our highly skilled leaders imparted their knowledge making the experience special for the rest of us – so, we had a swimmingly good time like this Pacific Black Duck:

 swimmingly good time

It was great to meet new Friends, young and old.  If you missed the opportunity, the next (Spring) bird count will be in October.

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