wedge-tailed eagle

Raptors

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae – hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) Brahminy More »

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Japanese Cultural Night #2

Saturday Night Live. Last night I went out to the second Japanese Cultural Night at the Ski-jo up the road(Furano, Hokkaido, Japan). The last one was a few weeks ago so I More »

ski furano

Furano Skiing 3

Skiing at the Furano Zone. I woke up this morning an looked out the window and there was about ten centimeters of fresh snow on the cars. Which was a very good More »

kobe

On to Hokkaido

Arrived in Furano. I am so tired. My eyelids are drooping and my shoulders feel like the weight of the world is upon them. My head feels heavy and I am almost More »

oasis hummingbird

Best Bird of the Year 2010

Best Bird of 2010 I saw a post on 10,000 birds about the best bird of 2010 so I was curious as to what defines the “best” bird of the year. I More »

Pacific Gull

2010 Birding Photography Retrospective

2010 Looking Back Well here we go again. Another year bites the dust. I can remember doing my Overview of 2009 just like it was yesterday. The new year of 2010 started More »

la hoya skiing

South America Overview

South America I flew into Buenos Aries from Sydney after a horrendous 14 hour flight. It took me a few days to readjust my body clock. Meanwhile I was really enjoying going More »

Snowy Egret

More Chicama Surf, Birds

More Surfing and Birds at Chicama, Peru. This morning after my surf at Chicama, I saw an Egret down on the rocks below the hostel. I had seen a couple of them More »

American Oystercatcher

El Chaco, Paracas NP

El Chaco Birding. El chaco is the town and port at the entrance to Paracas Nature Reserve in Southern Peru. This morning after I arrived here, I went for a walk along More »

Andean Lapwing

Bird of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia. The Puna Teal is found on the Andean altiplano. Its Chilean name is Pato puna. They have a black cap that extends to below the eyes. More »

peaceful dove

Cocoparra N.P. Part 2

Cocoparra National Park.

Part two of my weekend trip to Cocoparra National Park. These first few are my remainders from Woolshed Flat. I got some decent shots of Southern Whiteface.

Southern Whiteface
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)

This one had a grasshopper and was bringing it into a hollow of a tree. Not sure if there was a nest in there or not.

Southern Whiteface
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)

The White-winged Choughs had a nice mud nest and the whole mob of them were screeching at me and trying to divert me from the nest.

White-winged Chough
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphus)

The next morning I went to a water-hole but only seen a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) and a pair of Bar-shouldered Dove come down to have a drink.

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

On the way back out I saw a Blue Bonnet fly up from the side of the road.

Blue Bonnet
Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster)

Kangaroo
Kangaroo

Goanna
Goanna

babbler

Cocoparra N.P. September 2014

Cocoparra National Park.

I spent the weekend at Cocoparra National Park, about thirty kilometers from Griffith, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It was relatively dry with no water in any of the creeks.

Splendid Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)

female Splendid Fairy-wren
female Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)

I think this is a tick but I just cannot remember. doh! This was up the gorge at Jack’s Creek.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)

At Woolshed Flat, just near my camp.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

I thought these were Yellow-throated but no. Wrong again.

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)

I did not expect to see these on the ground. They were feeding in the grass with they Yellow-rumped Thornbills.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)

Lots of these around.

Brown-headed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)

Not sure if I have seen these before.

Cocoparra bird list

Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphus)
Olive-backed Oriole
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus)
Australian Ringneck
Peewee

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Riverina Wildlife

Murrumbidgee Area.

I found this lizard under some bark along the Murrumbidgee River near the Euroley Bridge. I think it is some kind of gecko but have no idea which one. edit: Thanks to Aaron and Marlene for the ID. :) It was a Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

gecko ?
Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

gecko ?
Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

Australian ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnardius zonarius barnardi)

half moon
Half moon.

peafowl

Point n Shoot

Central West, NSW.

Here are some photos from my Lumix point and shoot. It is a very cheap camera and handy for taking touristy scenery shots. It fits in the pocket and I just leave it on Automatic and press the button when I see something on my walks.

gum swamp
Gum Swamp

This is Gum Swamp at Forbes. There are a few White-bellied Sea-eagles nesting out in the middle in a big tree.

lake wyangan panorama
Lake Wyangan panorama.

The panorama feature on the Lumix is quite handy. I use this the most.

Lake Wyangan
Lake Wyangan

No wind, blue skies. Late afternoon glass-off. The wake-boarders loved it!

canola field
Canola Field

I love the colour of the canola fields. I cannot stop taking photos of them. The yellow and blue are complementary colours as well. Bonus!

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Narrandera Wetlands.

Once again at the Narrandera Wetlands. In the late afternoon I saw the Water Rat again. The Water Rat or Rakali, is an Australian native rodent which lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Water Rat
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Making more mistakes again. Mis-identifying these Yellow-rumped Thornbills for Yellow Thornbills. But the stripes on the forehead give them away. They are the largest thornbill with a white eyebrow, black crown with white spots, pale eye and bright yellow rump.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

The Yellow Rosella is also known as the Murray Smoker or Murrumbidgee Lowry. feeds on eucalyptus blossoms of Red River Gums on floodplain forests along the mid-Murray, lower Murrumbidgee and Lachland and Darling Rivers. They are pale yellow in colour with a red forehead, blue cheeks and shoulders, and a blue tail

Yellow Rosella
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

This Yellow-billed Spoonbill is in breeding plumage with a fine black line edging the pale grey facial skin, longer breast-plumes, and dark lacy plumes from the inner wing.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

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Narrandera Common and Wetlands.

I went to the Narrandera Commons first. It is a big chunk of bush right next to the Murrumbidgee River. I camped there overnight and slept under the stars. Very nice. In the afternoon I got one decent shot of a male Superb Parrot. Apparently it is there a bit early as I was told by the locals that they do not get here until September or October and they nest in November.

Superb Parrot
Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

I think this is a juvenile Little Friarbird. At first glance it is easy to mistake them for the Blue-faced Honeyeater but it soon becomes apparent what they really are.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

This is the Crimson Rosella, race flaveolus. Commonly called the Yellow Rosella. They are quite common down south towards Victoria. They have a few other local names but I have forgotten them. doh!

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

A Yellow-billed Spoonbill up a tree. I was going to say how unusual it was to see them up trees, but I think I remember seeing them heaps like this.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Some Variegated Fairy-wrens playing around in the bullrushes.

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

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Fivebough Swamp.

Once again back to Fivebough Swamp. There was not much water and very few birds. Luckily I got some shots of some Red-kneed Dotterels, which was good. I thought they were Hooded Plovers at first but now I have had a good look at the book, I realised my mistake. doh!

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

And a Whistling Kite was being harassed by a mob of crows.

Whistling Kite and Crow
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) and Australian Raven

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Griffith Birding 2014

Lake Wyangan.

At last some photos of birds. I had been waiting for ages to take some photos of the Australian Ringnecks around the parks of Griffith. I just never got the camera out at the right time. They seem to come around the main park in Griffith town and at the picnic area out at Lake Wyangan.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

There are quite a few races of Australian Ringneck and the nominate race has a distribution around South Australia. This one is the Eastern Ringneck or the Mallee Ringneck, race barnardi. They have a red patch above the eyes and a yellow band on the stomach, as well as a yellow band on the back.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

Spotted Harrier
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I got quite a surprise seeing this circling high up over the lake. I thought it was a Whistling Kite at first but after a good look at the under wings and the patch on the face, I concluded this must be a juvenile Spotted Harrier.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigragularis)

This is an immature bird.

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Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator.

I have been watching the Gannets diving off the rocks at Forster for a couple of days but the weather has been rainy and dark. So this morning the sun was out and so was my camera. I had been wanting to get some shots of the Gannets diving. One of the most difficult things to photograph in my humble opinion.

Australasian Gannet
juvenile Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

The first few dives I tried to follow focus with the back-focus button held in but that did not seem to work. Mainly because there was a lot of background crap such as buildings and hills and breakwaters. Eventually I just followed with the focus until they dived and then let my finger off the focus button and hoped that I was in the general depth-of-field.

Australasian Gannet dive
Australasian Gannet Going into the dive

Australasian Gannet
Australasian Gannet adjusting in dive

Australasian Gannet
plop! into the water

Australasian Gannet
Back into flight

pelagic birds

Newcastle to Forster Birds

Newcastle to Great Lakes.

I could not work out what this next bird was. I have no experience in identifying pelagic birds, plus these birds were a fair way away so I could not get a good look at them close up. Could be Black Petrel or Sooty Shearwater at a very rough guess.

Petrel or Shearwater ?
Petrel or Shearwater ?

The Kookaburras stole one of my sandwiches again at the lake at Pacific Palms again! I had my eye on two of them up on a branch then a third one snuck behind me and grabbed my Nutella and jam sandwich right out of my hand.

Laughing Kookaburra
One of the culprits.

Laughing Kookaburra
Thieving Kookaburra eating my lunch.

The crows came along later and cleaned up the leftovers.

Australian Raven
Australian Raven