We are spending a few weeks in Byron Bay visiting family. The weather has been mostly overcast and wet with just a few sunny days so getting out and finding birds has been limited. Here is a selection of birds captured so far.
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|Striated Pardalote – when the sun shines they are calling in Arakwal National Park on the southern edge of Byron Bay. This park includes a rehabilitated sand mining site (circa 1970’s) on the Tallow Beach coastal strip.|
|Little Wattlebird sunning – Arakwal NP – there are large numbers of these birds along the coastal strip.|
|Wonga Pigeon in residential garden attracted by bird-seed.|
|Eastern Rosella at bird-seed tray.|
|Brahminy Kite Tallow Creek estuary.|
|Whistling Kite with empty (half) pipi shell. Why was the bird carrying the shell which it dropped after a few circuits of the Belongil Creek estuary where it discharges to the ocean?|
|White-faced Heron hunting in thick vegetation beside a pond.|
|Rainbow Bee-eaters are common around Byron Bay.|
|Bar-shouldered Doves are also common around Byron Bay.|
|Golden-headed Cisticola at the Byron Bay Integrated Water Management Reserve – well worth a visit however access must be arranged with Byron Shire Council.|
|Comb-crested Jacana are common at the Byron Bay Integrated Water Management Reserve. I followed this bird with a sequence of photos as it foraged on the lily pads.|
|They move with purpose as they forage rarely stopping long so photos must be taken of them on-the-move.|
|The Jacana is about to leap from a lily pad and as it does an impressive excretion is captured by chance.|
|The bird mid leap.|