Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cotton Pygmy-goose comes and goes

Few species on main lagoon past two days. Lucky to have solo Cotton Pygmy-goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) show up. Even when Green Pygmy-geese were dotted about the place, Cottons seldom dropped in. The Greens left when the Wet set in. Yesterday, the above distant Cotton fed on floating weed and munched upon the swamp lilies. Gone today.

Which left Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea) and a couple of Darters as the only birds visible on the lagoon. Elsewhere, Magpie Geese, a few ducks and cormorants, and a Black-necked Stork stood out.

But...But did hear at two sites Little Bitterns grunting quietly. Also, aurally evident, White-browed and Spotless Crakes, Little and Azure Kingfishers, and Little Bronze-cuckoos (above, from sunnier days). Here's hoping for sunnier sightings up this way soon!

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