Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 30, 2019

From the Eyre Peninsula to the Nullarbor

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South Australia tourist photos

From the Eyre Peninsualar to the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Here are some tourist photos taken on my very cheap ($20) point and shoot camera.

Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk


Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk

Boat and tractor


Boat and tractor

This is how they get working boats into the water in South Australia. No mucking around!

Big Swamp


Big Swamp

A very old tree at the edge of the swamp.

Massive stingray


Massive stingray

I saw this massive stingray in an estuary near Farm Beach. It was massive, nearly a meter across.

Lake Newlands


Lake Newlands

All the water bodies were dried out. Sad, very sad.

Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay


Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay beach


Streaky Bay beach

Start of the Nullarbor


Start of the Nullarbor

1200 kilometers from Ceduna to Norseman. It took me three days with no radio, no cd player. yawn.

The nullarbor road


The nullarbor road

Straight and flat.

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

Bird and Waves

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Far West Coast – South Australia

I spent a few days at Elliston. The weather was incredibly hot so I spent the most of the day swimming and having cold showers. Then I moved on to Smoky Bay where there were a few birds on the mangroves and rock shelfs to the east of the boat ramp.

Rock Parrot


Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)

This was the only photo worth showing from Smoky Bay. These Rock Parrots were feeding in the mangroves right next to the ocean.

Oyster farms


Oyster farms

Huge oyster plots in the bay.

Cactus Beach Right-hander


Cactus Beach Right-hander

I stopped in at Cactus Beach. This is the right-hander, I think it is called Caves.

Cactus left


Cactus left

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

I stopped off at a few look-outs along the Great Australian Bight to take some photos.

Waves along the beach


Waves along the beach

Looking into the sun


Looking into the sun

Far West Coast bird list

Silver Gull
Grey Plover
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Singing Honeyeater
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)
Red-capped Plover
Pacific Gull
Pied Cormorant
Grey Teal

Calpatanna Conservation Park

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Western Eyre Peninsula Coast

I have almost forgot where I have been it has been so long since I processed my photos. I am sitting on the West Australian border catching up on all my photos. The first stop is from the Calpatanna Conservation Park, where I camped for the nignt. Not much there at all. The water holes are all dried up.

Bobtail lizard


Bobtail lizard (Tiliqua rugosa )

I have seen so many bobtail lizards on the road. I do not know if they are sunning themselves or just crossing the highway. Three of the four sub-species live in West Australia.

Another lizard - id please


Another lizard

This lizard was at the gate of the Calpatanna Conservation Park. I have no idea what species it is.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

Mulga Parrot


Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)

Far West Coast bird list

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Singing Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Grey Butcherbird
Mulga Parrot
White-faced Heron
Common Starling
Grey Teal
Sooty Oystercatcher
Pied Oystercatcher
Common Greenshank
Grey Plover

January 26, 2019

Eyre Coast Birding

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Sheringa Beach to Venus Bay

Sheringa Beach has a nice camping area for $10 a night with lots of shady trees near the lagoon behind the sand dunes.

Silvereye in the thorns


Silvereye in the thorns

There were a heap of Silvereye in the bushes next to the lagoon.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater


Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

A big close-up of the nictitating eye of the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.

Musk Duck  and  Australian Shelduck


Musk Duck and Australian Shelduck

The Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) below and the Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) above, both female.

Banded Lapwing  and Common Greenshank


Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) and Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

Lake Newlands has got three gates to open and close before you get to it. And the lake was totally dry. Full of salt. All I found was a small waterhole with some Banded Lapwings. I did see a black snake slithering away on the road in and some Australian Pipits.

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

I saw the sign to the Kulliparu Conservation Park, so I turned off. Before the park, I found a water trough meant for the cattle but found a bunch of parrots drinking away.

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

Mulga Parrot


Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)

I think this is a male and female Mulga Parrot. Not sure which is which.

Southern Whiteface


Southern Whiteface (Aphelocepala leucopsis)

The last stop before Venus Bay was the Talia Caves, where I saw hundreds of Welcome Swallow and one Common Sandpiper bobbing his tail on the rock shelf.

Great Australian Bight bird list

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Black Swan
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Masked Lapwing
Eurasian Coot
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Magpie-lark
Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
Yellow-throated Miner
Red Wattlebird
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocepala leucopsis)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Common Sandpiper

January 23, 2019

Surfing South Australia One

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Lower Eyre Peninsula Surfing

Yesterday morning I had no plan as to what I was going to do. So I just set off along the highway heading west. I spotted this sign leading to a lookout so I headed up the hill hoping to get a look at the ocean. And what did I find? A bunch of dudes surfing this gnarly rock ledge.

Taking off


Taking off

Setting up the barrel


Setting up the barrel

Getting shacked.


Getting shacked.

Surf photographer


Surf photographer

Lining it up


Lining it up

And sitting in the sweet spot


And sitting in the sweet spot

Getting out


Getting out

After that I saw some dudes surfing a couple of kilometers to the east, so I packed up and headed over there. The left-hander was a lot hollower than the right.

Preparation


Preparation

Slotting in.


Slotting in.

The Big Swamp

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Big Swamp

Big Swamp is just past Little Swamp and very close to Port Lincoln on the Lower Eyre Peninsula. It is more like a small lake than a swamp. There were lots of birds in the swamp.

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

I think this is the first time I have seen a Wood Sandpiper. Edit: No. Seen in Sri Lanka and Hexham Swamp before.

Wood Sandpiper  and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

A good comparison of these two.

Cape Barren Goose

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

Cape Barren Goose

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

Australian Shelduck

Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)

Australasian Shoveler


Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)

White-headed Stilt  - immature

White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) – immature

Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus leggei)

A male Superb Fairy-wren showing off a dragonfly he has captured. My hero!

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

And a bonus photo from Ricky Bates Reserve, one of a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles that flew over the inlet.

Big Swamp Bird List

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Eurasian Coot
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
White-faced Heron
Hoary-headed Grebe
Little Pied Cormorant
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus leggei)
Galah
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Silvereye
Red-capped Plover
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

January 20, 2019

Port Lincoln Waterfront

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Port Lincoln foreshores

After Tumby Bay, I headed to Port Lincoln. Half way there, I spotted a mob of Cape Barren Goose in a field, so I screeched to a halt and took some photos.

Cape Barren Goose


Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

At Port Lincoln, I stopped along the Investigator Trail a few times and went down to the water-front to look for birds.

Sooty Oystercatcher


Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)

Chestnut Teal - male


Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)

It always amazes me to see Chestnut Teal in the ocean.

Crested Tern


Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

Pacific Gull


Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

Port Lincoln Bird list

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Masked Lapwing
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Silver Gull
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
White-faced Heron

Tumby Bay 2

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Tumby Bay Mangrove Walk

I spent a few days in Tumby Bay, mainly trying to get some decent photos of the Rock Parrot. I do not think I Was entirely successful. They are so flighty.

Rock Parrot


Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila) are found foraging in shrublands along the coast and salt-marshes. These small parrots eat the seeds and fruit of salt adapted plants. They particularly like the seeds of Pigface plants (Carpobrotus rossii).

Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

There were so many Musk Lorikeets feeding on the eucalypt blossoms. At times, the noise was horrendous.

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus eyrei)

This is the local race, eyrei. I have not seen any for ages. They are mainly situated on the east coast.

Singing Honeyeater


Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens

Willie Wagtail


Willie Wagtail ( Rhipidura leucophrys)

There are always Willie Wagtails around. I thought I had better take a photo of one.
I did see a few Brush Bronzewing but they always took off before I got a good look at them. doh!
I missed the missed the Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) which spends most of its time on the ground foraging and flipping leaves over to catch insects. The call consists of a long high pitched “seep” or “whip whip paree”. At the mangrove walk there is some very good information and excellent photos by Photographe Trevor Cox.

Tumby Bay bird list

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)
Dusky Woodswallow
White-browed Babbler
Silvereye
Welcome Swallow
Red Wattlebird
Singing Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus eyrei)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Sacred Kingfisher
House Sparrow
Crested Pigeon
Brush Bronzewing
Willie Wagtail

January 18, 2019

Tumby Bay Birding Blog

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Lipson Twitcher’s Trail and Tumby Bay

I camped last night at spot number 2 on the Twitcher’s Trail between Lipson and Ungarra. In the morning the wind was howling so I had a dingo’s breakfast and then headed for Ungarra where I had my real breakfast – coffee and muesli – and headed back down the trail. Not much happening but at least I got a photo of the Port Lincoln Parrot.

Port Lincoln Parrot

Port Lincoln Parrot (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)

This is the zonarius sub-species of Australian Ringneck. Only one more to go – the 28. First time I have come across this one.

Rock Parrot

Rock Parrot (Neophem petrophila)

I think this must be a female or a young one because she is so dull and the blue forehead band is so indistinct. And you can see the raindrops because it had just started to bucket down and I had to make a run for it.

Black-faced Cormorant

Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens)

The Black-faced Cormorant is very similar to the Pied Cormorant except that the black on the face goes right down to the bill at the front.

Red-necked Stint

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

A bit of ballet practice going on. There were a few waders on the mud flats at the entrance to the creek. Edit: I made a mistake on this one. Thanks Pete for the correction.

Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo

Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites basalis)

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

I saw this White-faced Heron on the boardwalk and it waited until the last minute before he launched off into the mangroves.

Eyre Peninsula bird list

Australian Ringneck – Port Lincoln Parrot (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)
Black-shouldered Kite
Common Starling
White-faced Heron
Rock Parrot (Neophem petrophila)
Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus eyrei)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Singing Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens)
Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)
Masked Lapwing
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites basalis)

January 17, 2019

Arno Bay Birding SA

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Cowell to Tumby Bay

After the Whyalla Wetlands, I headed south down the Eyre Peninsula to Cowell and then on to Port Gibbon where I camped for the night. Next day it was on to Arno Bay where I went for a wander along the Mangrove Boardwalk at Salt Creek. At the moment I am at Tumby Bay listening to some noisy Musk Lorikeets gorging on some eucalypt blossoms.

Brush Bronzewing - adult male


Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans)

This is an adult male Brush Bronzewing.

Elegant Parrot maybe


Elegant Parrot ?

Rock Parrot maybe


Rock Parrot ?

Fork-tailed Swift


Fork-tailed Swift (Apus pacificus)

View from below.

Fork-tailed Swift


Fork-tailed Swift (Apus pacificus)

With a view of the white on the rump.

Pacific Gull


Pacific Gull (Larus paficus)

Eastern Osprey


Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

Arno Bay bird List

Pacific Gull (Larus paficus)
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans)
7036 Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila) ????
Fork-tailed Swift (Apus pacificus) ??
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans) adult male
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Singing Honeyeater
Silver Gull
Common Sandpiper
Common Starling
Chestnut Teal
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

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