Golden-headed Cisticola, Worrigee, NSW
Golden-headed Cisticola, Worrigee, NSW

In late 2012 I spotted a lot of waterfowl in a swamp adjacent to a local golf course and decided to check it out. I ended up seeing several new lifers including Tree Martin, Brown Quail, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Intermediate Egret, Glossy Ibis and White-winged Triller. Other species seen were Lathams Snipe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Nankeen Night-Heron, Superb Fairy-wren, Golden Headed Cisticola, Whiskered Bulbul, Royal Spoonbill, Australian Ibis, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Magpie Lark, Australian Raven, White faced Heron, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Willie Wagtail, Dollerbird, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Nankeen Kestral, Swamp Harrier and Australian Magpie.

The weather was less than ideal with drizzle making photography hard. Lucky for me the Cisticola males were in full voice singing from several vantage points.

Wet Golden Headed Cisticola – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

And another bird captured in full voice.

Golden-headed Cisticola – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

Also present in the swamp was an Intermediate Egret. This was my first encounter with this species. They are much smaller than the Great Egret and slightly bigger than the little.

Intermediate Egret – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

The easiest way to tell the Intermediate from the Little is the colour of the beak. The Intermediate is yellow and the Little is Black. The Cattle Egret is similar yet has a much shorter neck and a stocky appearance. The Great is much bigger in size.

Intermediate Egret – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

I spotted a small flock of Black-fronted Dotterels land nearby and I went to investigate. I managed to crawl in the mud and got pretty close to these great looking little birds.

Black-fronted Dotterel – Canon 7D & Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L – Read my EF400 5.6 Review

Overall it has been a productive spot and I will probably return in the future to try and get that Snipe shot.

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