Monday, 6 August 2007

Hastie's Swamp again

This time we watched the birds from the top floor of Queensland Parks and Wildlife's splendid hide at Hastie's Swamp near Atherton, FNQ.

Plumed whistling ducks (Dendrocygna eytoni)

Azure kingfisher (Ceyx azura)

White-breasted sea eagle (Haliaetus leucogaster) a long way away

Comb-crested jacana (Jacana gallinacea), also a long way away

Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia) (What sort of unimaginative name is that?)

Swamp hen (Porphyrio porphyrio) hanging out with the whistling ducks

You didn't think I was going to leave without photographing this fellow? An Australasian grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) being uncharacteristically nonchalant.



Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia): It must be somewhere between a great egret & a lesser egret. I kinda like it, actually.

Snail said...

We reckon it's also intermediate in certainty ... Look over there! Is it a great egret? I dunno. What about a lesser one? Ooh, still dunno. (Which describes much of my birdwatching really.)