Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pughs Lagoon

White-bellied Sea Eagle (not my photo).

With the weather cold and crisp and a few hours to kill before a doctors appointment I decided to do some more birding. Pughs lagoon is located in the historic town of Richmond NSW. It is excellent habitat for birds. I also wandered down the lowlands roads to do some spotting there as well. The highlights for me were Azure Kingfisher and a really superb White Bellied Sea Eagle.

Azure Kingfisher.

These are tiny little birds that make a nest in the side of a river bank. Very effective at catching fish and their colours are stunning.

The Sea Eagle was mature and in excellent condition.

Other Birds spotted included:- Pacific Black Duck, Black Swan, Willy Wagtail, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot,Purple Swamphen, Mallard, Little Pied Cormorant, Red Browed Firetail,Rainbow Lorekeet, Red Wattlebird, Pee Wee, Hoary Headed Grebe, Masked Lapwing, Great Cormorant, Australasian Little Grebe, House Sparrow, Superb Fairy Wren, Azure Kingfisher, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Cattle Egret, Grey Fantail, Buff Rumped Thornbill, Chestnut Teal, White Faced Heron, Little Raven, Australian Raven, Welcome Swallow, Restless Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, Common Bronzewing, Spotted Turtledove, Bell Minor and Currawong.


  1. What a great list, Jim would be so delighted! I did not know you had Kingfishers as well, yours is very beautiful. It is one of my favorite birds. I once observed one together with Jim, the first and only time in my life.

    Lighting the candle is a beautiful way to honour Jim. He would love it. As long as the accompanying beer is room temperature, that is.

    Much love,

  2. Yes Anna we have all types of kingfishers here. It was my kids who suggested the weekend. So it will be good.( loong drive though!)

  3. Overhere we call a Kingfisher : 'ijsvogel'...translated it means 'icebird'. I wonder where this comes from ! As far as I know we only have the common sort. This blue one is fantastic !

    Have a safe trip,Simon.


  4. Thanks Viviane we have several different ones here