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Aussie birds 5

White-faced heron
White-faced heron
White-faced heron
Sooty oystercatcher
Sooty oyster-catcher
Yellow-billed spoonbill
White-faced herons Egretta novaehollandiae finding meals in reef pools at Anglesea in Victoria, a Sooty oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus forages in the shallows on an Adelaide beach, a Great egret Ardea alba feeding at Goolwa in South Australia, a Yellow-billed spoonbill Platalea flavipes and its Royal cousin Platalea regia at Laratinga wetlands in the Adelaide Hills, and Australian pelicans Pelecanus conspicillatus charging in unison after fish at Greenfields in Adelaide
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Great egret  Great egret
Great egret
Royal spoonbill  Pelicans fishing
Royal spoonbill & Australian pelicans

Silver gulls  Silver gulls  Silver gulls

Pacific gull  Pacific gull  Juvenile Pacific gull

Similarly, Silver gulls Larus novaehollandiae search the shallows, stirring up the bottom to uncover prey like small fish. Their larger cousin, the Pacific gull Larus pacificus has a massive bill to deal with tougher prey such as molluscs. The Silver gulls were photographed at Moonta in South Australia, and the Pacific gulls at Moonta and Anglesea

Crested tern  Crested tern

A seabird which wheels spectacularly and plunges into the water to catch its food is the Crested tern Sterna bergii. These were photographed in South Australia

Pacific black duck & brood Pacific black duck Pacific black duckling Pacific black ducklings

One of Australia's most common and widespread wild ducks, the Pacific black (Anas superciliosa). These were photographed in the creek and wetlands near my home, and at the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Australian wood duck  Australian wood duck  Wood duck and brood  Chestnut teal  Australasian shoveler  Wandering whistling duck

The Australian wood duck (Chenonetta jubata) has the look of a handsome small goose. The Chestnut teal (Anas castanea) is an elegant small duck, while the Australasian shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) is bigger, with a massive bill. Both the shoveler and the Wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata), a bird as striking as its name, were photographed at Cleland Wildlife Park

Black-faced cormorant  Great cormorant  Little black cormorant

Little pied cormorant Intermediate egret Black-winged stilt Black-winged stilt Australian white ibis Australian white ibis Glossy ibis Black-fronted dotterel Royal spoonbill

Masked lapwing  Hooded plover  Red-capped plover  Cape Barren goose  Juvenile darter or snakebird  Adult darter or snakebird   Bush stone-curlew  Bush stone-curlew

Black swan nesting   Black swans nesting   Eurasian coot   Dusky moorhen   Juvenile dusky moorhen   Purple swamphen   Silver gulls

Watchful pelican  Pelican in the CBD

At the head of the large group of images above: The Black-faced cormorants (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) were inhabiting the rocky coast near Wallaroo on Spencer Gulf. The Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and the Little black cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), with its striking jade green eyes, were fishing at Goolwa near the mouth of the River Murray. The Little pied cormorant (Phalocrocorax melanoleucos), the Australian white ibis, aka Sacred ibis (Threskiornis molucca), and the Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) are more subjects found in the wetlands near my home. The Black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus) were photographed at wetlands at Werribee in Victoria and in the Adelaide Hills, while the Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) was seen at Werribee, and the Black-fronted dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) and Royal spoonbills (Platalea regia) at the Greenfields wetlands in Adelaide. The Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia) was closely watching fishermen on the Victorian coast. The Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles) was also a Victorian seaside 'capture', along with the Hooded plover (Thinornis rubricollis), while the tiny Red-capped plover (Charadrius ruficapillas) was foraging on an Adelaide beach. The Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae), and the Darters, or Snakebirds (Anhinga melanogaster) were photographed at Cleland Wildlife Park. The Bush stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius) were photographed at Cleland and the Adelaide Zoo, Black swans (Cygnus atratus) and Australian pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) at Torrens Lake in the centre of Adelaide, and the Eurasian coot (Fulica atra) at Wittunga Botanic Garden. The Purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) peered at me over reeds at Torquay in Victoria. The opportunistic Silver gull is just as readily found on inland lakes as it is by the seashore

Australian pelican
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