I recorded 42 species during 4 hrs
paddle-blitzing Jerra Creek and environs on Sat morning. Of the
species being discussed I wrote down 20 Wood Ducks, 6 Rufous Whistlers (only one
female actually sighted but calling was well spread out over the distance
covered) and 12 Grey Fantails which were also very vocal. I suspect
numbers were actually much higher.
Also seen were at least 2 Sacred Kingfishers and a
pair of WW Trillers. Sue and Julian who were patrolling the area on
foot flushed several Latham's Snipe incl one which apparently passed right in
front of me - probably dismissed by me as just another duck. I
also missed out on the Sea Eagle they saw.
The (presumed) Whistling Kite nest looks further
advanced than 6 weeks ago, and although there was at least 1 WK
patrolling I didn't see any activity in or at the nest. The WK at one
stage was harassed by 5 Masked Lapwings, and in turn a little later flushed 15
Masked Lapwings as it cruised overhead. Another interesting observation
was an unmistakeable WK call served up by a Blackbird in the middle of its
Reed Warblers were prolific, buzzing in and out of
the streamside vegetation like bees. I wrote down 30 but again that number
would be conservative.
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