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Monday, October 16, 2017

WILLY WAGTAIL, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this bird as a Willy Wagtail by its black head, throat, upper breast, wings, upperparts and tail; rest of underparts white; white eyebrow and black legs.
   The Willy Wagtail is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 621.
   





PACIFIC BLACK DUCK, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this duck as a Pacific Black Duck by its dark body, dark crown, dark stripe from bill through eyes to ear and pale stripes above and below eye.
   The Pacific Black Duck is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 620.



AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this duck as an Australian Wood Duck by its looking like a small goose, dark brown head, mottled underparts  and grey wings with black primaries.   The female has white stripes above and below the eye, while the male doesn't.
   The Australian Wood Duck is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 619.






DUSKY MOORHEN, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this gallinule as a Dusky Moorhen by its overall dark brown color, red frontal shield, thin red bill with yellow tip and white patch on the side of the undertail.
   The Dusky Moorhen is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 618.















Sunday, October 15, 2017

WHITE-FACED HERON, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA




LITTLE PIED CORMORANT, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this cormorant as a Little Pied Cormorant by its short stubby yellow-sided bill, black above, white below and small crest.
   The Little Pied Cormorant is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 617.



EURASIAN COOT, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this bird as a Eurasian Coot by its white frontal shield and bill, red eyes and black head and neck gradually merging  to a slate-grey.
   The Eurasian Coot is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 616.



AUSTRALIAN PELICAN, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID this pelican as an Australian Pelican by its predominantly white color with black wings and pink bill.  It is the only Pelican in Australia.
   The Australian Pelican is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 615.


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GREAT EGRET, HACKING RIVER, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA


Saturday, October 14, 2017

ADULT AUSTRALASIAN SWAMPHEN & CHICKS, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUDLEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA

   We can ID the adult bird as a Australasian Swamphen by its large red bill and shield, red eyes, orange-red legs, black head and nape, dark gray upperparts and purple-blue neck and chest.  This swamphen use to be a subspecies of the Purple Swamphen, but has been upgraded to a full species.
   The Australasian Swamphen is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 614.




VIEWS AT ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, AUTLEY, NEW, AUSTRALIA

   We visited and birded at Royal National Park this past Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.  It is about an hour drive from Sydney.  The park is beautiful and the birding was great.  We had a great birding guide - Bob Hynson.  He knew the hotspots, was great at spotting birds and really knew his birds.  Sharon and I were with our friends Bill and Eleanor Marr.










DAY & NIGHT VIEWS OF AND FROM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

   






SOME ART AT ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA












SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOOS, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 10/12/2017

   We can ID this cuckatoo as a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo by its large size and white body with long yellow crest.  Both cockatoos have been banded.
   The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 613.




Friday, October 13, 2017

SHARON & GEORGE AT MRS MACQUARIE'S POINT, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


PIED CURRAWONG, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

   This is one of the currawongs that was badgering the Powerful Owl in the previous post.  We can ID this currawong as a Pied Currawong by its generally black color; long, heavy gray bill; tail pattern of long white at base followed by black followed by thin white at tip and some white on wing (can see some of this in first photo).
   The Pied Currawong is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 612.