Nine of us met at Baensch’s Lane for an enjoyable morning of bird watching on the 19th of May.

Some of the observers at Hospital Swamp

We were quite often distracted from our main aim of counting Blue-winged Parrots, and checking for the possibility of OBP’s.

Golden-headed Cisticola

Purple Swamphens

For our 2 sites, Baensches Lane and Hospital Swamp, we had a total of 49 birds, including 10 raptors and it was great to have Craig explain how to note the various differences. It was especially exciting to see a sub-adult Sea Eagle fly over.

White-bellied Sea Eagle, immature

Blue-winged parrots, including lots of juveniles, numbered 50 and we had good views of them as they fed in the paddock alongside the saltmarsh, and amongst the saltmarsh.

White-fronted Chats

Alison Watson

Below are all the birds identified on this walk:

  • Black Swan
  • Australian Shellduck
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Little Pied Cormorant
  • Australian Pelican
  • Eastern Great Egret
  • Australian White Ibis
  • Straw-necked Ibis
  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill
  • Black-shouldered kite
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  • Whistling Kite
  • Brown Goshawk
  • Swamp Harrier
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle
  • Little Eagle
  • Nankeen Kestral
  • Brown Falcon
  • Australian Hobby
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Black-fronted Dotterel
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Tern sp
  • Gang Gang Cockatoo
  • Eastern Rosella
  • Red-rumped Parrot
  • Blue-winged Parrot
  • Surperb Fairy-wren
  • Striated Fieldwren
  • Spotted Pardalote
  • White-plumed Honeyeater
  • Noisy Miner
  • White-fronted Chat
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Little Raven
  • Magpie-lark
  • Flame Robin
  • Cisticola
  • Little Grassbird
  • Brown Skylark
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Tree Martin
  • Common Starling
  • Red-browed Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • European Goldfinch

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