We arrived at Point Impossible to find a full car park, and people, surfboards, and dogs everywhere.

Point Impossible

We were then amazed to find a large flock of Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints in an area that was thankfully clear of people and dogs. Across the river we also saw two Hooded Plovers sheltering in the seaweed.

Minya winery was warmer and drier than last year, but the mud-flats were being enjoyed by some Black-tailed Native Hens.

Minya

We had a good sighting of a Brown Falcon enabling us to check out his distinguishing features. This balanced a quick and frustrating sighting of a raptor that was either a Collared Sparrowhawk or Grey Goshawk. On the island we frightened off a pair of Nankeen Night-Herons and saw many ducks on the distant river.

Nankeen Night-Heron

Flocks of Common Mynas and Starlings were not a welcome sight, but several fly-overs by blue-winged Parrots were a pleasure to see. Coffee on the balcony overlooking the billabong was a very pleasant conclusion to the morning.

Below are all the birds identified on this day:

1. Black Swan

2.  Grey Teal

3.  Chestnut Teal

4. Hoary-headed Grebe.

5. Great Cormorant

6. Little Black Cormorant

7. Australian Pelican

8.White-faced Heron

9.Nankeen Night-Heron

10. Whistling Kite

11. Swamp Harrier

13. Brown Falcon

13. Australian Hobby

14. Purple Swamphen

15. Black-tailed Native-hen

16. Dusky Moorhen

17. Eurasian Coot

18. Red-capped Plover

19. Hooded Plover

20. Red-kneed Dotterel

21. Masked Lapwing

22. Red-necked Stint

23. Silver Gull

24. Galah

25. Blue-winged Parrot

26. Superb Fairy-wren

27. Striated Fieldwren

28. Striated Thornbill

29. Brown Thornbill

30. Singing Honeyeater

31. Red Wattlebird

32. White-fronted Chat

33. New Holland Honeyeater

34. Australian Magpie

35. Grey Fantail

36. Willy Wagtail

37. Little Raven

38. Magpie-lark

39. Silver eye

40. Welcome Swallow

41. Common Starling

42. Common Myna

Eileen Campbell

 

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