Newcastle trip

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Subject: Newcastle trip
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 23:58:11 +1000
Hi all,

My wife and I have recently returned from a short trip to Newcastle following 
the birth of our first granddaughter.  To pass some time during non-visiting 
hours we checked the various spots on the HBOC Newcastle Wetlands Birding 
Route. The various wetlands associated with the Hexham Swamp area have a lot of 
water in them at present. There were not many "shoreline" birds as in most 
areas we visited the water was right up to the vegetation, with very little in 
the way of exposed mud flats for dotterels and the like.

First spot was the Lenaghan's Wetland area near the freeway. Highlights here 
were several black swan pairs with cygnets, lots of Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal 
and Pacific Black Ducks. Also one pair of Australian Shovelers (a tick for me). 
 There were terns working, presumably Whiskered Terns but too distant for a 
positive ID, and a Swamp Harrier.

Next to Pambalong Nature Reserve where we added, among others, a group of about 
10 Masked Woodswallows, and an Australasian Grebe. We finished up at Tarro 
Recreation Reserve, adding a Darter and several Royal  Spoonbills.

The next day, 21/9, we visited Hexham Swamp Nature Reserve where I walked out 
along the old railway embankment. There are hundreds of Straw-necked Ibis and 
Sacred Ibis here, as well as some very inquisitive horses that seemed to want 
to eat my field guide when I placed it on the ground so I could use the 'scope. 
Nothing new here, so on to the Newcastle Wetlands Reserve near the rail line 
across from the Wetlands Centre. The highlights were the Darters and Cormorants 
nesting in the melaleucas, Hardheads on the water, Magpie Geese on the shore 
and Red-browed Firetails flitting around on the track. Finished up at Warabrook 
Wetland where the main item of interest was a pair of mating Mallards.

41 species in 2 days of not very serious birding. We are still novices and not 
into counts, but enjoyed it a lot. We look forward to seeing the populations 
change as the water dries up more migrants arrive. Might even manage to tick a 
Latham's Snipe next time.

Australasian Grebe
Australian Pelican
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
White Faced Heron
Great Egret
Sacred Ibis
Straw Necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Black Swan
Australian Shoveler (tick)
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Whistling Kite
Swamp (Marsh) Harrier
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Masked Lapwing
Black-winged Stilt
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Eastern Rosella
Welcome Swallow
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Fantail
Clamorous Reed-warbler (heard)
Noisy Miner
Red-browed firetail
Common Starling
Common Mynah
Australian Magpie-lark
Masked Woodswallow
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven


Roger Giller.

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