Birding on the Town Common

On Saturday I was lucky enough to visit the Town Common with a small group which included two keen, knowledgeable birders. Thanks to them, we ended up with a list of more than 50 species from Red-backed Wrens and Spice Finches (10 cm) to Jabirus and Brolgas  (130 cm). We were happy that we spotted so many in just a couple of hours but I should note, just for context, that about 280 have been recorded on the Common.

We drove in past the golf club, visiting Payet’s Tower and the two nominated viewing points on the way to Freshwater bird hide, with a few unscheduled stops as one or another of us spotted birds from the vehicle. There is still a fair bit of open water on the Common and we saw substantial numbers of Magpie Geese, including about 150 in a single flock near the Pandanus viewing point. We briefly visited the Pallarenda Conservation Park, too, adding the Orange-footed Scrub Fowl, Scrub Turkey and others to our list.

Here are some of my photographs from the morning.

Crimson Finch
Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton, female

Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Coracina novaehollandiae
Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Osprey (Pandion cristatus) on its amazingly bulky nest
Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Osprey (Pandion cristatus) landing in a tree near Payet’s Tower
magpie goose
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) coming in for an untidy landing on the lagoon
brolga
One of a pair of Brolgas, Grus rubicunda, seen browsing near the Pandanus viewing point

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