29 December 2013

Central Coast Wetlands - part three

a little summer cruising along Pioneer Creek
 
 
Pacific Black Ducks
 
 
 
 Sacred Kingfisher - way up high
Couldn't pick up the wonderful colours as seen in this post from Bingara, in November, 2013.


 


 
Welcome Swallow - don't know how they held on in the winds up there on the power lines, they were getting quite a buffeting, as I was too, trying to hold the camera steady at them.


 leaning into the wind helps
 
 
Australian Magpie-Lark
 
 
Turpentine tree, grows in both N.S.W. and Qld, up to 45-55m (150 - 180 ft) high
Now I'm thinking about a childhood book, Enid Blyton's, Magic Faraway Tree. 


Pectoral Sandpiper


wondering what the little ones are in front of the Pelicans?
 

 Black-winged Stilt

 
Leaving Central Coast Wetlands


23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

always love the black and white birds you have. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I like how you've captured the kingfisher with its mouth open. :)

diane b said...

Lots of nice birds there. I love the gnarled tree and I haven't heard of the Turpentine Tree before.

Linley S said...

A good capture of the Kingfisher with its beak wide open Carole. The Turpentine Tree is interesting

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole. once again a nice selections of birds seen. could those little ones be Dusky Moorhen chicks and also ther is a Black winged Stilt..

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful wetland birds, superb.

Christian Perrin said...

Pectoral Sandpiper is quite a rarity - you did well to spot that! I like the photo of the cheeky Magpie-Lark running away the best though!

Irma said...

Great photos, Carole.
My favorite is the Sacred Kingfisher.

David Gascoigne said...

Is a Pectoral Sandpiper rare there?

eileeninmd said...

Carole, awesome collection of birds and photos. I love the Kingfisher and the Magpie Lark is a cutie! The tree is cool. Great photos!

Wishing you all the best in 2014, Happy New Year to you and yours!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I like the magpie lark who Stewart taught us is neither a magpie nor a lark. You sure do have an assortment of birds there.

Beth Edwards said...

i love the red legs. what a beauty!! ( :

Helma said...

So cute all these different birds Carole, The Kingfisher, the swallow, the pelicans but also the black ducks. Lovely if you ever get those beautiful birds to your lens.
I enjoy here also immensely.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

All great photos, Carole! I love the turpentine tree and the Kingfisher with his mouth open.

Jeanne said...

Love all of these carole..... such great diversity you have here.. but especially drawn to your pelicans. Such regal birds they are! Happy new year to you!

Brian King said...

Nice shots, Carole! The Kingfisher has quite the bill! LOL! Beautiful photo of the Stilt!

Merlesworld said...

Your bird pictures are always good but I like the old twisted tree.
Merle..................

Carole M. said...

David G: the pectoral sandpiper IS a rareity apparently. That photo and the pelican photo in part #3, were the only ones taken at the same location, but in September 2013 (all others early December 2013). In September I was with a birding group and standing at a great distance from the big dairy swamp edge where the Pectoral Sandpiper and Stilts etc. were fossicking. Leaders in the group debated long and hard through their binoculars, as to which bird it was, until, the colour of the legs determined ...'you're lucky to see this one everyone, it IS a rare find, the Pectoral Sandpiper". Quite the buzz for us all on the day. Good pickup David, thanks for asking. I'd not have been able to identify it myself.

Jan Castle said...

Love the Stilt picture...his legs remind me of our Red Ocer Dogwood tree which has red bare branches in the winter time!
Hugs,
Jan

Red Nomad OZ said...

Love the kingfisher's open beak!! And Pilchard is jealous as hell about your pectoral sandpiper - he's never seen one!! Happy New Year!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of the different birds. Fantastic sunshine too. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Phil Slade said...

Carole, I finally recognised a few Australian birds - ones we see here too. Black-winged Stilt and Pectoral Sandpiper - how's that? Your skies are so blue. Send us some for 2014 please. Have a good one, before we do.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

I wish you a fantastic 2014! ;-)
Gert Jan Hermus
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