Arb-qua-ter: birds around the reservoir

In the trees (arboreal)

This is a female common bronzewing (phaps chalcoptera), perched in a tree beside the reservoir.

Shows view of female common bronzewing in tree, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Female common bronzewing

Shows another view female common bronzewing, Edward Hunter Heritge Bush Reserve

Common bronzewing

This striated thornbill (acanthiza lineata) – apologies for the quality of the image –  was found at a hairpin banksia, eating insects or the nectar of the banksia.

Shows striated thornbill at hairpin banksia, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Striated thornbill, eating earlier at hairpin banksia

This group of silvereyes (zosterops lateralis) was found among the melaleucas on an island in the reservoir.

Shows three silvereyes, searching for insects in a melaleuca stand, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

On the ground (terrestrial)

This pair of superb fairy wrens (malurus cyaneus) were two of a bigger grouping, flitting around the brush and water at the edge of the reservoir.

Shows male and female superb fairy wrens, perched on branch in water, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Superb fairy wrens, female (brown tail) and young male (blue tail)

This white-browed scrubwren (sericornis frontalis) was in a company of a few different species of small birds, feeding on the ground and in low brush on the edges of the reservoir.

Shows white-browed scrubwren, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White-browed scrubwren

In the water (aquatic)

A sole eurasian coot (fulica atra), mainly in the company of the pacific black ducks.

Shows eurasian coot, cleaning front feathers, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

cleaning the front

Shows eurasian coot, on reservoir, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Eurasian coot

Shows eurasian coot, cleaning front feathers, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

cleaning the shoulder

Shows eurasian coot, cleaning back feathers, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

cleaning the back

Purple swamp hens (porphyrio porphyrio) on their reed platform.

Shows group purple swamp hens with couple pacific black ducks, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Purple swamp hens on reed stand, pacific black ducks in foreground

Shows group purple swamp hens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Purple swamphens

Pacific black ducks (anas superciliosa) resting near the shore.

Shows couple of pacific black ducks, curled up near shore, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Pacific black ducks, curled up near shore

Pacific black ducks with Northen Mallards (and intermixes).

Shows a group of pacific black ducks and northen mallards, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve, reservoir

Pacific black ducks and Northern mallards (introduced). Mallards do interbreed with pacific blacks, hence the variation in appearance.

And an australasian grebe (tachybaptus novaehollandiae) …

Shows australasian grebe in winter plumage, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Australasian grebe

Shows australasian grebe in winter plumage, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Shows australasian grebe in winter plumage, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Australasian grebe

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