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Let’s walk ‘n’ talk about birds – with Neil Fraser

Let’s walk ‘n’ talk about birds – with Neil Fraser

By Nigel Dique, one of the walkers (and talkers). Photos by Colin Sheringham.

What is most surprising about bushwalking in Salamander Bay is the number and variety of birds you can encounter, if you’re prepared to have a close look.

But even then, you need an expert to identify the types of birds.

And that is why EcoNetwork’s Walk ‘n’ Talk through bushland and wetlands near the Salamander Sports Centre was so interesting and enjoyable.

Experienced bird watcher Neil Fraser took a group of 12 people on the two-hour walk on 16 October as part of Aussie Bird Count Week.

The walk took everyone through Graeme Stevens’ ‘backyard’ – he is co-author of ‘Salamander Waters Estate: biodiversity of a highly modified environment’ published in The Whistler Volume 18, 2023.

The walkers included newcomers to bird watching as well as those with professional cameras and obviously very experienced in the field.

One thing everyone learned was to be patient. While it was easy to identify ducks, lorikeets and Ibis, there was a whole lot more to be seen as Neil Fraser revealed with his expert eye and hearing. We saw the following species:

  1. Hardhead
  2. Pacific Black Duck
  3. Chestnut Teal
  4. Australian Wood Duck
  5. Australasian Grebe
  6. Crested Pigeon
  7. Spotted Dove
  8. Bar-shouldered Dove
  9. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  10. Dusky Moorhen
  11. Eurasian Coot
  12. Masked Lapwing
  13. Nankeen Night-Heron
  14. Great Egret
  15. White-faced Heron
  16. Australian White Ibis
  17. Royal Spoonbill – one displaying breeding plumage (nuchal crest). See image below.
  18. Great Cormorant
  19. Australasian Darter
  20. Osprey
  21. Dollarbird
  22. Sacred Kingfisher
  23. Laughing Kookaburra
  24. Eastern Rosella
  25. Rainbow Lorikeet
  26. Superb Fairy-wren
  27. Scarlet Honeyeater
  28. Striped Honeyeater
  29. Noisy Friarbird
  30. Lewin’s Honeyeater
  31. Red Wattlebird
  32. Noisy Miner
  33. Golden Whistler
  34. Australasian Figbird
  35. Olive-backed Oriole
  36. Australian Magpie
  37. Pied Butcherbird
  38. Welcome Swallow

Everyone agreed the walk was worthwhile and that they would keep an eye (and a keen ear) out for birdlife when walking through the bush in future.

It’s hoped there will be more walk ’n’ talk sessions in the bay.

Published: 31 Oct 2023