Variegated Fairy-Wren

Arundel Wetlands – 15 June 2018

An interesting morning at Arundel Wetlands with 50 birds photographed and one new lifer.

On the waterholes the usual species were seen.

Little Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Hardhead – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


With no wind about the water was very calm. The Australasian Grebe is a very common little water bird at the Arundel Wetlands. I like how this shot shows how small they are.

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Every now and then on visits to the Arundel Wetlands you will hear the tell tale squawks of the Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo as they nosily fly over. They must have a roost somewhere in the area but I have not found it yet.

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo


The Grey Teal have started to gather in larger numbers with a group of about 40-50 on the main water, this pair had decided to get away from the crowd.

Grey Teal
Grey Teal – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Glossy Ibis are also seen regularly although sometimes they will be there for weeks on end and then not seen again for a couple of months.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


It turned out to be a bit of a Birds of Prey day with Black Kite, and Whistling Kite circling around and then the appearance of a Brown Goshawk who came flying in quickly and disappeared just as quick before I could get a decent photo. I had heard one was around but this was a first for me at the Arundel Wetlands.

I made my way to the North-eastern end of the wetlands where a couple of the native trees were in flower providing me with a mixed bag of Scarlet Honeyeater, Noisy Miner,  Eastern Spinebill, Brown Honeyeater, Rufous Whistler, and Rufous Fantail.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


The best of the bunch though was a Variegated Fairy-wren who posed perfectly on an exposed branch in the morning sun.

Variegated Fairy-Wren
Variegated Fairy-Wren


He was that close that I was able to get a couple of profile head shots.

Variegated Fairy-Wren
Variegated Fairy-Wren – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Heading back to the main water another raptor with this time a young Brahminy Kite flying over.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


This was followed by a new lifer for me, a bird I had wanted to see for ages but could never seem to locate. The Pacific Baza seems to be relatively common with lots of posts on facebook with them perched nicely in local parks etc. but for whatever reason I had never ran into one until now.  Great to get Aussie bird number 297.

Pacific Baza
Pacific Baza – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


I then had a quick look in another section of the wetlands and was rewarded with Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterel.

Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


The morning finished off with more Birds of Prey with a small group of Black Kite and then a welcome return to the wetlands by a Black-shouldered Kite. Unfortunately the Black-shouldered Kite was to far out over the reeds for a decent shot.

Black Kite
Black Kite – Arundel Wetlands, QLD


  • World Bird Count:  444
  • Australian Bird Count: 297


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