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Birds

Visiting and resident birds at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. Far North Coast of New South Wales.

With glossy iridescent black wings and unique straw-like neck feathers. When sourcing suitable pastures they fly on thermals in a “V” formation and are an abundant and nomadic species.

Common Welcome Swallow in mud nest feeding brood of chicks.

Locally nomadic, large ground foraging pigeon photographed in the Conservation Area.

A tiny owl like bird with huge forward facing eyes used for night hunting flying insects. Found along the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Widespread across Australia.

Image courtesy of visiting wildlife photographer Rachel Hebbard.

A pair of Sacred Kingfisher are nesting in a gum tree hollow at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area.

Image of a male bird with strong buff tint breast and blue wing coverts.

One of the most aerial and acrobatic of small birds chasing insects in the canopy and undergrowth. 

A rare sighting of  a hunting Square-tailed Kite floating effortlessly over flowering Ironbarks for parrots. These birds are considered rare and scattered across their entire range.

 

Plain green lorikeet with yellow margins to plumage of neck and breast giving a scaly appearance. Found feeding on Red Ironbark nectar and only seen here when the eucalypts are flowering.

 

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