Bird Profile

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross off Wollongong!!!!

A single Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) was sighted during a pelagic off Wollongong on the 26th July 2014. The cool thing was I was on the boat ūüôā The reason for the excitement is this species has only had 2 accepted BARC (SOSSA website) records in Australian waters, EVER…. The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross breeds […]

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Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)

The Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) is a very small migratory tern (21-25cm) which can be found in several locations around the world. In Australia it is most commonly found¬†breeding from Tasmania to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Like many terns its appearance changes between breeding and non breeding plumage. See the photos of Little Terns below […]

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Freckled Duck in Nowra!!!!

The rare Freckled Duck has turned up in Nowra. The Freckled Duck is¬†listed as a Vulnerable¬†Species on Schedule 2 of the New South¬†Wales Threatened Species Conservation¬†Act, 1995 (TSC Act). It is very rare in the Shoalhaven and it wasn’t just one bird that turned up but an incredible 220 Freckled Ducks. The Freckled Duck (Stictonetta […]

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Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

The Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)¬†¬†is an Australasian Robin of eastern and south-eastern Australia. The Eastern Yellow Robin has a full yellow breast up to its throat with a grey face, wings and tail. It is the largest of the brightly coloured robins at 15cm. It favours forests and woodlands from the extreme South East […]

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Australian Thornbills – Bird Photos of Thornbills

Australia has twelve species of Thornbill. They can be found all over Australia with some species like the Slaty-backed and Inland preferring the dry mulga habitat where the Brown and Yellow can be found on the East Coast in eucalypt forest. There are a few species that are only found in a specific region such […]

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Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)

The Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) is a beautiful wader that is endemic to Australia. There are only four Avocets in the world and we are lucky enough to have one of them. The Avocet is unique in that it has an upturned bill¬†that is used for skimming the surface of water to catch small invertebrates. […]

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Celebrating Australian Ducks

Australia has a diverse range of Ducks which inhabit its many waterways. Those being Australian Shelduck, Australian Shoveler, Australian Wood Duck (Maned Duck),¬†Blue billed Duck,¬†Chestnut Teal, Cotton Pygmy-goose,¬†Freckled Duck, Green Pygmy-goose,¬†Grey Teal, Hardhead (White ‚Äď eyed Duck),¬†¬†Musk Duck,¬†Pacific Black Duck,¬†Pink-eared Duck,¬†Plumed Whistling Duck,¬†Spotted Whistling Duck, Radjah Shelduck, and Wandering Whistling Duck. I have had the […]

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Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)

The Double-banded Plover (Banded Dotterel in NZ) is a small(18cm) wader that migrates to Australia from New Zealand. It arrives in March and leaves in August/September to breed in New Zealand. Research has shown only the Double-banded Plovers from New¬†Zealand’s¬†South Island make the journey over the¬†Tasman¬† The North Island birds do not migrate staying in […]

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Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Name:¬†Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) Atlas Number: 137 ********** The summer of 2011 I saw my first Pacific Golden Plover at Shoalhaven Heads and I was instantly drawn to their beauty. I quickly discovered the birds that visit my neck of the woods do not like people and often flee at the first sight of […]

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