Saturday, 25 August 2012

Birdwatching at Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie is a picturesque lake a few hours north of Sydney. I grew up there and still visit quite regularly. It's a great place to watch birds and it was actually watching the birds there when we lived on the waterfront for a year that got me interested in seeking out birds.

I went for a walk at a local park, and saw lots more species this day, but most weren't quite so happy to sit still for a photo. 

Little pied cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Galahs are quite common birds over most of Australia, I see them pretty much every day. Often in my own backyard. I love this photo though, for the beautiful scaled effect he's got going with his feathers. 
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)

It's a bit boring when your Mum just walks around taking pictures of birds


A noisy flock of Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea)
returning home for the evening
Saturday Snapshot, is a wonderful weekly meme from at home with books

19 comments:

Dragonfly Daydreams said...

Your birds are much prettier than mine this week!
The galah looks quite majestic perched on his dead stump.
And I love your evening flock skimming the lake - it could be a postcard shot!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Birding is quite time consuming...Recently saw the movie The Big Year....all about bird watching enthusiasts...luv your photos♫♪

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh my goodness these are just fabulous. How lucky to be able to capture these cute creatures.

Eugenia O'Neal said...

The gallah is very pretty - don't think I've ever heard of that species before.

Trish said...

Beautiful! Those are some great shots. I especially like the one on the bottom with the flock just landing.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Love the galah! And the bird in the first shot looks kind of off balance on that slanted post....

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Barbara said...

Lovely photos! My husband can sure relate to the photo of your son!! Here's my photo:http://barbarathehealthynut.blogspot.com/2012/08/rooted.html

Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf said...

Awesome pictures! I love the first two :-) I always enjoy pictures of birds.

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rippleeffects said...

Amazing photos... all of them. A patient son you have there, I'm sure a nature lover just like Mum.

Irene said...

Love your posts of birds, I learn so much, who would have thought an old dog like me could learn something. Please tell your bored fellow that I love his moms photos.

Alyce said...

I've never seen Comorants other than the Brandt's Comorants we have on the coast near here (and they are completely black). I like the ruffled feathers look of the Galah too. I'm glad you pointed it out because I was focused on the colorful head.

Sim said...

These are so intereresting. We just don't see birds like that out in the wild here.
I do especially love the picture of your son. Cute!

Christine Harding said...

I love the galah, and the photo of the little corella and the landscape behind is really beautiful.
My Saturday Snapshot is very brief this week but it's sad - a site where lepers once lived http://goo.gl/TkmQ7

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Nice of the cormorant to pose for you. He's quite striking with the white underparts. We have Double Crested Cormorants, which are mostly black, fly overhead but they never cooperate and land for a photo op.

grammajudyb said...

You are lucky to have just interesting and pretty bird to photograph. Only lowly robins and sparrows in my yard. Of course, there are no oceans here either. !

edgar said...

I like the Galah with its red scarf and the flying Corellas which looks like an impressionist painting.

Bev Hankins said...

What great photos! I really like the flock out there on the lake in the last one.

Here's my Snapshot.

Swan Pond said...

Love the corellas over the lake. That is beautiful. My grandmother lived on that lake for a number of years, at Wangi Wangi. I see what you mean about the scalloping on the galah. It's really pretty. Keep on shooting those birds!

Brendan Murphy said...

Beautiful images - I like how you have captured the feel of Lake Macquarieand focused not on the water but the birds and the air - nice contrast.