Birds Walk

Warriewood Wetlands Walk.

On another visit to Warriewood Wetlands and the adjacent Irrawong Falls we spotted a number of species.

The Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos):

The Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera):

The White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger):

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus):

Dusky Moorhen chicks (Gallinula tenebrosa):

The White-browed Scrub-wren (Sericornis frontalis) :

The Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) – not great pictures, but the best that we have ever been able to get!

The Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys) – collecting lerp which is clearly visible in the second shot:

Also a juvenile Bell Miner who posed so well for us:

An Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) fishing:

Then across to Irrawong Falls:

An Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis):

A Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis):

Then on a side-trek to Turrimetta Headland, another Silvereye giving a loud, lengthy and conspicuous song:


Nth Curl Curl / Long Reef.

Though we watched the Fairy Terns for quite a while, we saw a lot more of interest on our trip to the beach.
A pair of Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis).

A Fairy Tern

A beautifully painted – and timely – warning on the clifftop (artist unknown):

On the walk out to Long Reef Headland, we came upon a noisy juvenile Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis).

Formerly the Common Koel, and sometimes called the Pacific Koel, or colloquially Storm Bird, the noisy, glossy black adult male is seen more regularly. Adult females and juveniles are more buff / brown with fine barring on the chest and underparts. They are a type of cuckoo, and the eggs are laid in the nests of other species.
The juveniles can be conspicuous, because they will beg stridently for food from their foster parents. Here, we believe we captured a Koel being fed a cicada by its Red Wattlebird “parent”:

Out on the rock platform, many Silver Gulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).

A few Sooty Oystercatchers (Haematopus fuliginosus):

Also Pelicans and Crows: