Gallery

A photographic guide to the birds of Australia ordered in accordance with Christidis, L. and W.E. Boles. (2008) Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. I will continue to add species to this gallery as I photograph them.

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  • Honeyeaters
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Purple Swamphen

Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio
Atlas Number: 58
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Purple Swamphen

Eurasian Coot

Scientific Name: Fulica atra
Atlas Number: 59
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Eurasian Coot

Australasian Grebe

Scientific Name: Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Atlas Number: 61
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The Australasian Grebe is a small water bird located within Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. It is common on several lakes including small dams. During breeding season Both sexes are dark brown above with a glossy-black head and neck and a striking chestnut facial stripe, extending from behind the eye to the base of the neck. The eye is yellow, with a prominent pale yellow face spot below.

 

 

Australasian Grebe

Antipodean Albatross

Scientific Name: Diomedea antipodensis
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Antipodean Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Scientific Name: Diomedea exulans
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Wandering Albatross

Campbell Albatross

Scientific Name: Thalassarche impavida
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Campbell Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

Scientific Name: Thalassarche melanophrys
Atlas Number: 88
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Black-browed Albatross

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

Scientific Name: Thalassarche carteri
Atlas Number: 89
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Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

Shy Albatross

Scientific Name: Thalassarche cauta
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Shy Albatross

Little Pied Cormorant

Scientific Name: Microcarbo melanoleucos
Atlas Number: 100
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Little Pied Cormorant

Silver Gull

Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Atlas Number: 125
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Silver Gull

Ruddy Turnstone

Scientific Name: Arenaria interpres
Atlas Number: 129
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Ruddy Turnstone

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Scientific Name: Haematopus longirostris
Atlas Number: 130
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Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher

Scientific Name: Haematopus fuliginosus
Atlas Number: 131
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Sooty Oystercatcher

Red-kneed Dotterel

Scientific Name: Erythrogonys cinctus
Atlas Number: 132
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Red-kneed Dotterel

Pacific Golden Plover

Scientific Name: Pluvialis fulva
Atlas Number: 137
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Pacific Golden Plover

Hooded Plover

Scientific Name: Thinornis rubricollis
Atlas Number: 138
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Hooded Plover

Double-banded Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius bicinctus
Atlas Number: 143
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Double-banded Plover

Red-capped Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius ruficapillus
Atlas Number: 143
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Red-capped Plover

Black-fronted Dotterel

Scientific Name: Elseyornis melanops
Atlas Number: 144
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Black-fronted Dotterel

Banded Stilt

Scientific Name: Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Atlas Number: 147
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Banded Stilt

Red-necked Avocet

Scientific Name: Calidris alba
Atlas Number: 148
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Red-necked Avocet

Eastern Curlew

Scientific Name: Numenius madagascariensis
Atlas Number: 149
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Eastern Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Scientific Name: Limosa lapponica
Atlas Number: 153
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Bar-tailed Godwits are a large shorebird that is very common around Australian Shores. They spend the majority of the year in Australia leaving in April to breed in the Northern Hemisphere and arriving back in August.

We have large numbers in the with Shoalhaven Heads being a favourite feeding ground.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Grey-tailed Tattler

Scientific Name: Tringa brevipes
Atlas Number: 155
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Grey-tailed Tattler

Curlew Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Calidris ferruginea
Atlas Number: 161
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Curlew Sandpiper

Red-necked Stint

Scientific Name: Elseyornis melanops
Atlas Number: 162
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Red-necked Stint

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Calidris acuminata
Atlas Number: 163
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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Great Knot

Scientific Name: Calidris tenuirostris
Atlas Number: 165
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Great Knot

Sanderling

Scientific Name: Calidris alba
Atlas Number: 166
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Sanderling

Australian Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Chenonetta jubata
Atlas Number: 202
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Australian Wood Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Scientific Name: Anas superciliosa
Atlas Number: 208
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Pacific Black Duck

Chestnut Teal

Scientific Name: Anas castanea
Atlas Number: 210
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Chestnut Teals are a very common duck species located throughout Australia on pretty much any watercourse. The male stands out with his iridescent green head the glows in sunlight. The female is very similar to a Grey Teal but is much darker in appearance.

 

Chestnut Teal

Hardhead

Scientific Name: Aythya australis
Atlas Number: 215
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Hardhead

Blue-billed Duck

Scientific Name: Oxyura australis
Atlas Number: 216
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The unique looking Blue-billed Duck. As you can see the male has the distinctive blue bill whilst the female is a fairly drab looking duck. It is very similar in appearance to the Musk Duck.

 

Blue-billed Duck

Swamp Harrier

Scientific Name: Circus approximans
Atlas Number: 219
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Swamp Harrier

Nankeen Kestral

Scientific Name: Falco cenchroides
Atlas Number: 240
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The Nankeen Kestral is a small bird of the Falcon family. It has the most beautiful colour which gives it it’s name. It is common throughout Australia and has been listed in some surveys in the top 10 most common birds. Whilst it maybe common it is still majestic with its hovering hunting style with quick wing beats.

I have seen this species mainly on the way to Culburra Beach around the Pyree Dairy Farms where it hunts for small mammals and insects usually from a fairly low height.

Nankeen Kestral

Little Corella

Scientific Name: Cacatua sanguinea
Atlas Number: 271
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Little Corella

Galah

Scientific Name: Eolophus roseicapillus
Atlas Number: 273
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Galah

Crimson Rosella

Scientific Name: Platycercus elegans
Atlas Number: 282
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Crimson Rosella

Mulga Parrot

Scientific Name: Psephotus varius
Atlas Number: 296
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Mulga Parrot

Jacky Winter

Scientific Name: Microeca fascinans
Atlas Number: 377
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Jacky Winter

Red-capped Robin

Scientific Name: Petroica goodenovii
Atlas Number: 381
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Red-capped Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin

Scientific Name: Eopsaltria australis
Atlas Number: 392
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The Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) is an Australasian robin of coastal and sub-coastal eastern Australia. It is a medium sized robin and is very common along the coast, I have seen this species on several occasions in a variety of habitats from Lantana lined creeks, open scrub and Eucylpt forest. They are very easy to photograph as they will often use a perch to hunt from. They eat insects and will sit on the perch and pounce on their prey.

Eastern Yellow Robin

Golden Whistler

Scientific Name: Pachycephala pectoralis
Atlas Number: 398
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Golden Whistler

White-naped Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Melithreptus lunatus
Atlas Number: 578
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The White-naped Honeyeater is a small pretty honeyeater with a short, dark slender bill. It has a beautiful olive-green back, with a black cap, a white band across the back of the neck which does not reach the eye, and a bright orange crescent above the eye. It has a white chest.

Location

I have seen this species in small numbers in West Nowra towards the end of Depot Road. Due to its size it tends to get bullied by the larger Honeyeaters and is often chased from watering holes. I’t is a striking bird which I am glad to hAdd Newave seen.

White-naped Honeyeater

Eastern Spinebill

Scientific Name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Atlas Number: 591
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Eastern Spinebill

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Glyciphila melanops
Atlas Number: 593
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Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

White-fronted Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Purnella albifrons
Atlas Number: 594
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White-fronted Honeyeater

Lewins Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Meliphaga lewinii
Atlas Number: 605
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Lewins Honeyeater

Fuscous Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Lichenostomus fuscus
Atlas Number: 613
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Fuscous Honeyeater

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Lichenostomus chrysops
Atlas Number: 614
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is widespread across eastern and south eastern Australia and there is a large population in the bush near my home. The bird is a medium-small, greyish-brown with the distinctive yellow bands on its face which gives it its name. Thanks for looking.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

White-eared Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Lichenostomus leucotis
Atlas Number: 617
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White-eared Honeyeater

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Lichenostomus melanops
Atlas Number: 619
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The Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops) is a striking, medium to medium-large honeyeater. It also has elongated yellow feathers on the sides of its head forming conspicuous tufts, which provide the bird with its name. Living in eucalypt forests, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters usually forage in the canopy, plucking insects and other invertebrates from among the foliage, or taking the sugary manna that oozes from the branches.

Location
There is a large population in West Nowra in the eucalypt forest towards the end of Depot Road as it descends down into Bens Walk. You can usually hear them in the canopy.

Behaviour
They seem to be a social bird often in small groups of birds feeding and bathing together. Like most Honeyeaters they regularly visit water holes to drink and bathe. If you can locate their water source you will be able to setup and capture shots as they land.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Scientific Name: Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Atlas Number: 631
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The New Holland Honeyeater is one of the most common species found throughout Southern Australia. It is typified by the Zebra styled plumage and the streaks of yellow through the wing and the tail.  It is very similar in appearance to the White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger). Wherever there are Banksia flowers you will usually find this species.

Location
I have observed this bird in the majority of wooded areas that contain Banksia flowers. It is very common and had a distinctive chirp chirp call.

New Holland Honeyeater

Kelp Gull

Scientific Name: Larus dominicanus
Atlas Number: 981
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Kelp Gull