Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 17, 2019

Southern Downs Tourist

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Dalby to Toowoomba

From Chinchilla in the Southern Downs of Queensland, I went east to Dalby, then north to Jimbour Station which was pretty bizarre. It was built more than a hundred years ago for a rich grazier. It is a bit full on I reckon.

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Jimbour Station


Jimbour Station

Then further east to Toowoomba , then north again to Crows Nest where I went along the walking track from Bullocy Rest Area to the Pumphole Lookout.

Statues of bullocks pulling  a wagon


Statues of bullocks pulling a wagon

The back of the wagon.


The back of the wagon.

The Pumphole


The Pumphole

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Crows Nest Queensland

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Southern Downs Birding

I had not taken any photos for about a week. It has been so cold. The last few nights I have woken up with ice covering the windscreen. brrr. This morning I did not get out until after 9am. That is unheard of for me. It is just too cold. I took a few photos at Charley’s Creek at Chinchilla a few days ago but nothing much was there. This morning I stopped at Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba and went for a walk from the Bullocky Rest Area along Applegum Walk to Pumphole Lookout.

Pied Currawong


Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

Laughing Kookaburra


Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Grey Shrike-thrush


Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

Southern Downs bird list

Australian King-Parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
Noisy Miner
Straw-necked Ibis
Masked Lapwing
Cockatiel
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Apostlebird

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July 10, 2019

Wandoan Queensland

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Western Downs Queensland

Redbank Reserve is somewhere in the central west of Queensland. I have forgotten exactly where it was now. It was so long ago. After that I kept going south. It had been raining for days and this morning was the first chance that I had got to take the camera for a walk. So here I am at Wandoan, wandering around the Waterloo Plain Environmental Park.

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Striped Honeyeater


Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater


Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Little Pied Cormorant


Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Mistletoebird


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hiruninaceum)

Central Queensland bird list

Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Pied Butcherbird
Spotted Bowerbird
Galah
Magpie-lark
Australian Magpie
Mistletoebird
Weebill
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana modesta)
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

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July 2, 2019

Aramac Birding

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Central Western Queensland.

I left Muttaburra in the afternoon and drove to Aramac, about eighty kilometers east of Muttaburra. It is a small village with a shop and a camping area. I found a nice camp site near Aramac Creek at the 5 Emus Camp Site. I wandered around in the afternoon and saw a few birds and in the morning walked along the creek and back again. The Aramac Creek Rail Bridge was first built in 1913 by the Aramac Shire Council. The bridge is all that remains of the original rail line between Aramac and Barcaldine. Here are my bird photos.

Plum-headed Finch


Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

Aramac bird list

Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)
Zebra Finch
Red-backed Fairy-wren
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Mistletoebird
Apostlebird
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

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July 1, 2019

Artesian Outback

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Winton to Muttaburra Bird Watching

After Hughenden, I headed south to Winton where I spent the night at Mistake Creek, just out of town. There was a film festival at Winton so I went and saw Outlaws, starring Tom Hardy. After doing some internet stuff, I headed east towards Longreach and then went north again along a dirt road to Muttaburra.

Hardhead  and Grey Teals


Hardhead ( Aythya australis) and Grey Teal

In the morning I had a look at the Winton Sewerage Works. There were a few ducks around but not much.

Sacred Kingfisher


Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I camped the night at Union Hole where striking shearers carted their water from Union Hole with a horse and dray in 1891. At Union Camp approximately 400 striking shearers camped here in March 1891. The remains of the main camp oven can still be seen along with other relics.

Spotted Bowerbird


Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

adult corvid


adult corvid

Not sure which one. Too hard to tell maybe.

Central West Queensland bird list

Australian Magpie
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata)
Zebra Finch
Australian Reed-Warbler
Australasian Grebe
Australian Swamphen
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Eurasian Coot
Black Kite
White-headed Stilt
Singing Honeyeater
Pied Butcherbird
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Black-fronted Dotterel
Willie Wagtail
Restless Flycatcher
Sacred Kingfisher
Galah
Spotted Bowerbird
Fairy Martin
Rufous-throated Honeyeater

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June 27, 2019

Very Late Tourist Photos

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Pilbara to North Queensland

Finally I have got around to editing my tourist photos. I am loath to check how long it has been since I have processed all these photos. This covers a major part of Australia from the Pilbara in Western Australia to Hughenden in Northern Queensland. Remind me to do these tourist photos more often.

Cape Keraudren


Cape Keraudren

Pilbara hills


Pilbara hills

Bea Bea Rest Area


Bea Bea Rest Area

Coming out of the Pilbara towards Port Hedland.

China Wall


China Wall

Just out of Fitzroy Crossing.

Rock Formations


Rock Formations

Kakadu Flood Plains


Kakadu Flood Plains

Kakadu Aboriginal art


Kakadu Aboriginal art

Bamboo Creek Old Tin Mine


Bamboo Creek Old Tin Mine

This was inside Litchfield National Park.

Great Bowerbird bower


Great Bowerbird nest

Near Mataranka.

Porcupine Gorge National Park


Porcupine Gorge National Park

On the Kennedy Development Road on the way to Hughenden.

Sheep Shearing at Hughenden


Sheep Shearing at Hughenden

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Kennedy Development Road

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Central Northern Queensland 1.

I headed south from the Atherton Tablelands. Just past Mount Garnet, I turned left onto the Kennedy Development Road. The first night I camped at the turnoff to the Valley of Lagoons. A lovely name but I had no idea what that was all about. The next day I found Moonstone Hill, where I dried out all my bed stuff. In the afternoon I walked down to some wetlands/swamp. There were a few herons and ibis hanging out but nothing special. So I carried on and found a camp near a water-hole at Lake Louisa. The next day I stopped off at Porcupine Gorge National Park and was rewarded with some photos of a Squatter Pigeon.

Squatter Pigeon


Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta)

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron

Noisy Miner


Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Having a bath in a dam.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella ( Platycercus adscitus palliceps )

Sunset pouring through the dust


Sunset pouring through the dust

After a road train came past.

Kennedy Development Road bird list

Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta scripta)
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Straw-necked Ibis
Pied Butcherbird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Pale-headed Rosella ( Platycercus adscitus palliceps )
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)

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June 24, 2019

Lake Mitchell

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In the afternoon, I headed back south to Lake Mitchell to have a look for some finches. I did not find any other than Double-barred Finches. Hmm , as a matter of fact I did not see much at all. Once more and big DOH!! After that I went up the road to the Big Mitchell River but saw absolutely nothing. There was plenty of grass but no finches. In the morning I went once again to the Rifle Creek Rest Area just north of Mount Molloy. More rainforest birds and a severe lack of light.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )

Golden-headed Cisticola


Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Scarlet Honeyeater


Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

It probably should be called Scarlet Myzomela.

Magpie Goose


Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Little Shrike-thrush


Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Spectacled Monarch


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Mount Molloy Bird List

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
Forest Kingfisher
Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )
Willie Wagtail
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Australian Brush-turkey

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Mount Molloy and Julatten

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Mount Molloy

After Mareeba, I headed north to Mount Molloy. In the morning I went along the track towards town at Rifle Creek Rest Area. There were a few birds but not many. Inside the rainforest sections, it was a nightmare trying to get decent photos as the light was abysmal. You really need specialized gear for rainforest photography. arghhh!!! Later in the morning I headed towards Julatten and stopped off at Abattoir Swamp for a while.

Wompoo Fruit-dove


Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)

Lovely Fairy-wren


Lovely Fairy-wren (Malurus amabilis)

A really terrible photo but it is all I got. doh!

Little Shrike-thrush


Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Spotted Catbird


Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Spectacled Monarch - adult


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) – adult

The adult Spectacled Monarch has a black mask extending past the eyes and a black bib under the bill.

Spectacled Monarch   - juvenile


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) – juvenile

The juvenile Spectacled Monarch has no black on the face, only a white stripe.

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus)

A rare shot of a Rainbow Lorikeet showing the underneath feathers and the colours.

Northern  Fantail


Northern Fantail ( Rhipidura rufiventris )

Dusky Honeyeater


Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura harterti)

Mount Molloy bird list

Lovely Fairy-wren (Malurus amabilis)
Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Northern Fantail ( Rhipidura rufiventris )
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
4494 Bowers ST ?
Olive-backed Sunbird
Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura harterti)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Brown Goshawk
Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Spangled Drongo
Lewins Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Dusky Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove

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June 21, 2019

Far North Queensland

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Atherton Tablelands

From Normanton, I kept headed east past the 40 Mile Scrub, Mount Surprise and Archers Creek where I stopped for a few nights rest by a relaxing babbling brook. Heading off again I stopped for a few days at Ravenshoe at the Railway Caraven Park right in the middle of town, which was a big change for me. I could even walk to the supermarket. When I got to Atherton, I had a look at Hasties Swamp National Park – Nyleta Wetland. There must have been more than five thousand Plumed Whistling-ducks there. Not much else though. Then off to the Bonadia RV Park just out of Atherton Town. There is an amazing scrap of rainforest on the edge of the park that is truly amazing. In the morning I got heaps of birds. Just look.

Pale-yellow Robin


Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito nana)

Bower's Shrikethrush


Bower’s Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri)

Brown Gerygone


Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki mouki)

Spectacled Monarch


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Spotted Catbird


Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Freckled Duck


Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)

Wake up!

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)

White-throated Treecreeper


White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)

Helmeted Guineafowl


Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Lewin's Honeyeater


Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii )

Doh! I was hoping for a Graceful Honeyeater. 🙁

Atherton Tablelands bird list

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito nana)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki mouki)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)
Bower’s Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri)
Olive-backed Oriole
Willie Wagtail
House Sparrow
Muscovy Duck
Australian Brushturkey
Comb-crested Jacana
Pacific Black Duck
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Australasian Swamphen
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Eastern Whipbird
Helmeted Guineafowl
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)
Mistletoebird
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis vegetus)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Golden-Headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii )

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