Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater at Cooby Dam 05/07/12

An afternoon walk around Loveday Cove at Cooby Dam proved very fruitfull for bird watching. The weather was beautiful and warm without any winter breeze, and the birds were plentiful.  Highlights were the Spiny Cheeked honeyeater, Australian Pelican and the Black Swans, not to forget the Musk Duck eating a crayfish (see previous post).

Bird List from memory includes:

Brown Honeyeater
Blue-Faced Honeyeater
Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater
Musk Duck
Wood Duck
Australian Pelican
Large Egret
White Faced Heron
Black Swan
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Superb Blue Wren
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Australian Magpie
Noisy Miner

? Un-Identified Ducks/Birds - See below

Thanks to readers on our Australian Wildlife Conservation FB Page, There has been much debate on the ID of these ducks/birds.  I was unsure what they were and I have had some feedback saying that they may be immature Dusky Moorhens??? I am not sure so would love feedback from those who may know more.  J.G.

Coot's a plenty

Musk Duck with its Crayfish Prize

White-faced Heron

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater

Australian Pelican

Black Swan Pair

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Australian Pelicans & Black Swans at Cooby Dam

Sunset through the trees at Cooby Dam.

Australian Beauty in the neighbouring vineyard at Cooby Dam.


  1. Definitely Dusky Moorhens,immature or non-breeding. Looks like a lovely spot and nice images that gives us a feel for the area.

    1. Thanks so much John for the ID confirmation, this one had me stumped for a while! It is a lovely area now that the water catchment is full, it was a bit of a sad spot prior to the Jan 2011 rain.

  2. Another spot to store in the memory banks as worth visiting. Looks like you had a gorgeous time.
    I'm with John. The one on the left certainly looks to me like a dusky moorhen. Loved the blue-faced honeyeater, heron and wallaby/roo in the vineyard in particular!

    1. Thank you. Its great to get feedback to ID birds correctly, sometimes the books are not enough! Thanks for the comments on the birds and the Kangaroo, it was a good visit to the dam on this day!


Post a Comment

Thank you for leaving a message on Beyond Our Patch, it is greatly appreciated. If you would like to see more posts from this blog, Please click the Follower Button. Thankyou :)