Birds alongs the Cooks River and Tempe Wetlands – 24 September 2017

This was a pleasant day cycling along the Cooks River Cycleway from near Cup and Saucer Creek to the Tempe Wetlands photographing the birdlife.

I spotted two sets of nesting Tawny Frogmouths – one near the Boat Harbour and one near the Dog Area upstream. There should be some chicks to see soon.

Also, at the Dog Area, a curious Butcher Bird fly around for a look at me wondering what I was doing. Last year there was a Butcher Bird nesting in the same area.

At The Cup and Saucer Creek Wetlands there was a Cormorant swimming in the lower pool. This is unusual here – they tend to be in the river.

As well, a large group of Sacred Ibis seem to have occupied the lower pool. Perhaps this was why I didn’t see the Swamphen chicks? Some of the Purple Swamphens in the middle pool were “marching” around in a line –

At the Boat Harbour, there were the usual Pelicans, Cormorants and some Sulphur Crested Cockatoos –

At the Tempe Wetlands I saw two Royal Spoonbills in the middle pool.

The upper of the three pools was completely dry. I have never seen it like this before!

Reed Warbler

The lower pool has quite a few baby birds – Eurasian Coot chicks were visible –

And some of the other birds –

Perhaps a Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Superb Fairy Wren

Horsefield’s Bronze Cuckoo

Little Pied Cormorant

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