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Bird Spotting at Oxley Creek Catchment Area

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Published July 6th 2017
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
I'm no ornithologist. Nor a birder or a birdwatcher. I wouldn't know a twitcher from a tweeter. But I do love the hunt for a "perfect" bird photo. I have lately been going down to the Oxley area to get shots of water birds, which I'd like to share. The texture of the feathers, the life behind the beady eyes and the light on the water all float my boat.

spoonbill, water_bird, Oxley
Spoonbill (image by writer)

Spoonbill: The Royal Spoonbill is a large white waterbird with the distinctive eponymous spoon-shaped bill. It is usually found wading in shallow waters, sweeping its submerged bill back and forth in a wide arc to find food. Found in eastern and northern Australia.

plover, waterbird
Plover (image by writer)

Plover: There are several types of plovers found in Queensland, usually on the shores of swamps and lakes. They have a bad name in suburbia because of their swooping and screeching but they are just protecting their nests and chicks. I like them for their photogenic masked faces.

White_faced heron, waterbird, oxley
White-faced Heron (image by writer)

Heron: The White-faced Heron is characterised by its white front, long slim neck, long dark bill and long legs. These are the most commonly seen herons in Australia as they like tidal mudflats, coastal reefs, grasslands as well as gardens. They are much admired for their slow, bouncing flight.

Birds are easily spotted (just colour in the dots)

PS. I don't really have a boat to float.
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Why? Bird Watching is Cheaper Than Therapy
When: Anytime (but mornings are best)
Where: Oxley Creek Catchment Area near Norman Croker Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
lovely photos, where can I find out more about birds in that area?
by lockb (score: 1|99) 1028 days ago
Lovely photos
by loujo (score: 1|14) 1047 days ago
a good source book is "Field Guide to Australian Birds" by M Morcombe
by May Cross (score: 3|6452) 1023 days ago
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