Thursday, January 12, 2017

Birds of Heron Island

Although we came for the turtles, there are plenty of birds on Heron Island.  It is named for the Pacific Reef Heron.

The Black Noddies are everywhere with dozens of nests in most trees.

The buff-banded rails are everywhere too.
Since it's summer, there are many hatchlings around, including Silver Gull chicks.

Here's a photo of a bridled tern feeding a chick.

On the first night, we saw a white-bellied sea eagle flying overhead.
The pied oystercatcher was a nice find.
The silver-eyes were the most common small bird around.
Chris spotted a Brown Honeyeater but we were much more interested in this undocumented bird than the 'naturalist' at the resort.


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