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Birds

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

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.

 

Found in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Observed feeding on the fruit or (drupe) of the Jackwood trees (Cryptocarya glaucescens) which fruit around June each year. These large 45cm birds fly far and fast in search of rainforest fruits. 

A small flock of locally nomadic Fuscous Honeyeaters on the Conservation Area. Widespread along the East Coast.

There are five races of pardalote which cover almost the entire continent. They build a nest in suitable ground and forage for small insects in foliage.

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By Jeff Keyes

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