Tuesday 6 May 2008

Hasties Swamp …

… near Atherton is a remnant of the Nyleta Wetlands. Just under 60 ha of swamp and surrounding woodland is conserved as national park.

Views from the hide

It's rich pickings for birdos and Birds Australia North Queensland has recorded 230 species from the area. I didn't get quite as many.

Plumed whistling ducks (Dendrocygna eytoni)


An intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia), far enough away for a crap photo but still close enough to demonstrate that it doesn't do the weird neck thing when it's hunting unlike the great egret

Purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

It's a big world

Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa)

Hardheads (Aythya australis) are the new grebes

Yellow-faced honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) gets curious about a leaf at just the wrong moment

Leaden flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) poses for the camera