Outback New South Wales.
Cobar is a small mining town in the middle of nowhere on the way to Broken Hill. For all that it seems quite a nice place. There were heaps of birds here. First stop was the Tourist info office where I got the town map and headed off on a walk along Centenary of Federation Walk. Across the road I happened upon a family of Zebra Finch. I have a vague idea that they are race castanotis but I am not sure at all.
This nosy Blue-faced Honeyeater had a good sticky-beak at me as I went past.
I thought this Striped Honeyeater was an inland thornbill at first until I got it up on the computer and had a good look at it.
I thought these were Fork-tailed Swift before I had a good look at the book. They were hanging around the footy field watching some guy kick goals.
After lunch I went for a drive to check out the gold mine. It was big.
Late in the afternoon I trundled off to the new tank and wandered along the pitiful remnants of water. Here is a Whistling Kite in its nest.
There were a few waders along the edges of the pond.
Lots of Spotted Bowerbirds around. I thought these might have been juvenile blackbirds at first and I did not see any of them with a pink crest on top of the head. I have no idea why.
And the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were quite common as well.
Cobar Bird List
Zebra Finch (Taenopygia guttata)
White-backed Swallow (Cheramoeca leucosternus)
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)