Straw-necked Ibis Longreach 09-2016

Who’s a pretty boy then?

I spent Tuesday night this week camped at Longreach Waterhole on Newcastle Waters Station just west of the small NT town of Elliott.

After a long week-and-a-half out bush it was good to sit back, have a few cold beers and take in the local wildlife.

This Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis was strutting about in all his breeding-seasonal glory looking for a mate.

Here are a few of the other birds that passed by my lens while I was camped  at one end of the waterhole.

Australasian Darter Longreach 09-2016

This Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae would swim out for fifteen minutes or so, often swimming along just under the surface, popping up for breath and a look around or to swallow any prey.

Then–because their wings absorb water–it would waddle out to the waters edge and spread its wings out to dry, occasionally letting out its characteristically deep-throated chuckle.

Little Black Cormorant Longreach 09-2016

This Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris has none of those problems with their feathers and can often be seen hunting alongside Australian Pelicans Pelecanus conspicillatus, sometimes in long rafts of up to 100 Cormorants stretched out in a line alongside those birds.

Aust Pelicans Longreach 09-2016

Caspian Tern Longreach 09-2016

This adult Caspian Tern Hydroprogne cassia was one of a mixed group of older birds and juveniles that circulated above my campsite all day, occasionally propping to dive down after small fish in the cloudy waters.

Whistling Kite Longreach 09-2016

This Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus was one of many that were nesting along the waterhole–indeed this bird and its mate were nesting in the tree that I was camped under.

If ever a picture was good for a thousand words, this is one I’m happy with.

Here are two Whistling Kites doing what all adult birds do …

Whistling Kites fucking Longreach 09-2016