Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 19, 2019

On the way to Perenjori

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Central West Tourist

After Northam area I stopped at Badgingarra and did the Vern Westbrook Walk just outside of town.

spiky plant


spiky plant

At Cervantes I went and had a look at the stromatolites at Lake Thetis. Stromatolites are a living community. Bacteria in the top layers of sediment release oxygen to form sand bubbles on the surface, a crenulate mat.

Stromatolites


Stromatolites

Caterpillar Army


Caterpillar Army

I found a few caterpillar trails along the track around the lake.

Banksia


Banksia

At Lake Indoon I found these banksias that looked like ice creams.

So many corellas


So many corellas

At Three Spings there were hundreds of Western Corella and they invaded the football field.

three springs talc mine


three springs talc mine

On the road to Perenjori.

March 18, 2019

Perenjori to Mullewa

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Mid-west Birding

After Three Springs, I kept heading north and camped up the road from Morawa. In the late afternoon I managed to get some good shots of some Mulga Parrots feeding on some dumped wheat.

Mulga Parrot  - male adult


Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) male adult

The next stop was at Gutha Hall at an abandoned village. There were heaps of woodswallows but I am having trouble identifying exactly what they were.

Dusky or Black-faced Woodswallows


Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus cinereus)

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)

Galah - female


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

This is a female with a pinkish eye.

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

Central West bird list

Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) male adult
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus cinereus)
Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens virescens)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus substriata)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Australian Raven
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

Indoon to 3 Springs

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North Midlands Birding

From Jurien Bay, I ventured on to Green Head, then headed back inland to Lake Indoon. The lake is full of toxic algae and meningocal disease. And it stinks. There were quite a few waterbirds enjoying the stench, mainly White-headed Stilts and Red-capped Plovers.

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

At a certain point as you go north you get full bred Port Lincoln Parrots, without a hint or red above the bill. The 28 Parrots seem to be confined to the very south west of West Australia but the intergrades are stretching from the Stirling Range nearly to Augusta.

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)

I have only just starting seeing the western race picatus as I go north.

Wood Sandpiper maybe


Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

At Eneabba there was a massive flock of Carnaby’s Black-cockatoo. Maybe up to a hundred birds making the most horrendous racket with their squwarking.

Carnaby's Black-cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Carnaby's Black-cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Similarly there was a massive flock of Western Corella at Three Springs maybe more than a hundred making a similar racket. And alighting on the football field.

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

Northern Midlands bird list

White-headed Stilt (Himantopus Leucophalus)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Australian Magpie
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)
Australian Raven
Magpie-lark
Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)
Willie Wagtail
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena carteri)
Carnaby’s Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)
Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

March 11, 2019

The Road to Cervantes

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Mid West Birds

I stopped off at Dandaragan for a night and there were heaps of Western Corella around the camp grounds.

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

At Badgingarra Skate Park I bumped into about fifty Carnaby’s Black-cockatoos. The noise was deafening.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

This is either a juvenile or a female.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Female on the left with the dark skin around the eye. Male on the right with pink skin around the eye.

White-cheeked Honeyeater


White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger gouldii)

The western gouldii sub-species has a narrower white cheek and a black band separating cheek from the breast. I then toddled off to Phoebe’s Reserve and did the Vern Westbrook Walk but did not see many birds but came across this reptile, the likes of which I have never seen before.

snake or legless lizard


snake or legless lizard ?

The next night I camped at the Drummond Reserve in Badgingarra National Park.

Rufous Whistler - male


Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

Galah - female


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla) – female

The female western sub-species has a pink iris and the male has a dark brown iris.

Galah  - male


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla) – male

Weebill


Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis)

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater


Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Glyciphila melanops)

When I got to Cervantes I dropped in at Lake Thetis to see the stromatolites and spotted this Australian Pipit.

Australian Pipit


Australian Pipit (Anthus australis bilbali)

This is the western race bilbali which is pretty similar to the rest of them.

Mid West bird list

Australian Pipit (Anthus australis bilbali)
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)
Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla) pink iris female or dark brown iris is male
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Glyciphila melanops)
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger gouldii)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis)
Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)
Australian Shelduck

March 9, 2019

SW Tourist Photos

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South West Tourist

I cannot remember where I was last in my tourist rants. This is Blackwood River National Park – Sue’s Bridge Campground. A very nice camp by the side of the Blackwood River. It is just before you get to Augusta in the South-west.

Blackwood River gum root system


Blackwood River gum root system

Keep going south from Augusta and you get to the end of Australia at Cape Leeuwin. You will be looking at the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Next stop Antarctica.

Cape Leeuwin


Cape Leeuwin

There was a weekend coming up so I headed for the hills to Blackwood River National Park again – this time I stayed at Chapman Pool campground. When it was safe to venture back to the coast I hotfooted it to Margaret River.

Margaret River


Margaret River

From there I did some shopping at Busselton and Bunbury and headed inland again to head north. I camped at the Wellington Dam near Collie and then kept heading east to Wagin.

Wagin - Big Sheep


Wagin – Big Sheep

Then I headed North and stopped at the Dryandra Woodland for a couple of nights.

My camp


My camp

There is a walk along an old railway line and here is the old bridge still intact.

Old Rail Bridge


Old Rail Bridge

And this is a dam for the old steam trains.

Congelin Dam


Congelin Dam

From there I kept going north past Northam and Moora and then headed west for the coast. I am now at Dandaragan luxuriating in hot showers and clean washed clothes.

March 8, 2019

Roadside Rest Area

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New Norcia

Heading out from Northam, I found a camp about 40 kilometers from New Norcia. I am still going north but still inland. In a few days I should hit the coast.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Rufous Whistler - male


Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

Scarlet Robin


Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

New Norcia bird list

Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

March 7, 2019

Still in the Wheatbelt

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York and Northam

After arriving at York, I went for a walk along the Avon River in the river park. There were heaps of Western Corella, the first I had seen thus far. A few water birds were swimming in the river but there were signs warning not to go in the water because it was toxic! yewwww.

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

The Western Corella has a very long upper mandible and the longest/highest crest. And no pink on the neck.

Hardhead


Hardhead (Aythya australis)

This is an adult male Hardhead. I have not seen one for ages.

Eurasian Coot


Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

And a very young Eurasian Coot chick. Already very big.

York bird list

Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Grebe
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
White-faced Heron
Australian Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Crested Pigeon
Black Swan
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus policephalus)
Great Egret

March 6, 2019

York Birding

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Gwambygine Park and Bridge

After Pingelly and Brookton, I kept heading north and stopped at a camp along the Avon River at Gwambygine Park. I think I am about one hundred kilometers east of Perth.

Red-capped Robin


Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

Western Gerygone


Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca fusca)

Weebill


Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis)

Mistletoebird - male


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

It has been a while since I saw a Mistletoebird. This is an adult male.

Rufous Whistler - male


Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

York bird list

Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca fusca)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis) 7070
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) – adult male
Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah
White-faced Heron
Grey Shrike-thrush

March 5, 2019

Gnaala Mia and Congelin Dam

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Dryandra Woodland

Dryandra Woodland is somewhere between Narrogin and Wandering in the Western Wheatbelt of Western Australia. It is a Proposed National Park. I had no idea of its existence. The lady at the tourist office in Narrogin told me about it, so off I went. The first night I spent at the Gnaala Mia campground, which is fairly new with a great camp kitchen with gas barbecues.

Rufous Treecreeper


Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)

These Rufous Treecreepers always seem to have around picnic areas and camping grounds when I have seen them.

Western Whistler


Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)

This is a pretty noisy photo of a male Western Whistler but I do not see that many of these blokes.

The next morning I ventured on to the Congelin Dam and Campground. I went for a wander along the Congellin Siding Walk – This trail follows the old Pinjarra to Narrogin railway line constructed in 1925, known as the Hotham Valley Branch (Dwarda line).

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill


Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)

The white eye and chestnut rump make this not an Inland Thornbill.

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater


Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata )

I think this might be an adult non-breeding Yellow-plumed Honeyeater with the base of the lower mandible and gape being yellowish. Or it could be a juvenile. doh!

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Western Yellow Robin


Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis)

Yesterday afternoon I went for another walk to the Congelin Dam from the camping area. The Grey Currawongs were making the most awful racket. I managed to get a few photos nevertheless.

Grey Currawong


Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)

Scarlet Robin


Scarlet Robin (Petroica bodang campbelli)

Red-capped Parrot


Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Dryandra Woodland bird list

Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)
New Holland Honeyeater
Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)
Restless Flycatcher
Australasian Grebe
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata )
Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
Australian Raven
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)
Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis)
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)
Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica bodang campbelli)
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

March 3, 2019

Highbury to Narrogin

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Western Wheatbelt

From the Wellington Dam, I hoofed it to Collie where I had a pizza for lunch! Then on to Wagin after camping out by the Collie River. All the lakes around Wagin were dry as dust so I headed north to Highbury where I camped for the night. In the morning I went for a walk along the railway line. After breakfast I kept on going north and walked around the Railway Dam at Narrogin.

Twenty-eight Parrot


Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)

There are a few intergrade Port Lincoln Parrots around here too. I was quite surprised to see them this far west. Oh no, my book says they are pretty much this far west. doh!

Black-capped Sitella  - female


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – female

This is the Western sub-species pilatea. The female has a black cap on top and the male has a black cap covering the eyes down to the chin.

Black-capped Sitella  - male


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – male

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

This western sub-species has got a very pink head!

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

This western race chrysorrhoa has got a pale eye and brown flanks.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Very colourful.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

I could not resist the Big Close Up of the knees and feet of this neolithic bird.

Wheatbelt bird list

Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea)
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Eurasian Coot
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)
Australian Magpie
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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