Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 30, 2019

Dunham River

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Dunham Rest Area

Next stop was the Dunham River Rest Area where I spent most of my time around a flowering gum in the middle of the rest area. There were so many types of honeyeaters fighting over the blossoms. I finally got a decent shot of a White-gaped Honeyeater.

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)

Definitely not a Black-chinned Honeyeater!

Star Finch


Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda)

I got the shock of my life when I heard some finches in the grass and when I focused my camera, they were Star Finch. I nearly fell over. I nearly got all the finches now except for a few.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

Next morning I went down to the river and got some shots of the very red Crimson Finch.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)

This has been the first Sulphur-crested Cockatoo going east for ages. The subspecies fitzroyi has pale blue orbital skin around the eye.

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

These Brown Honeyeaters thought that they were hummingbirds. They were feeding on the wing.

Dunham River bird list

Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda)
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)
Brown Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Little Woodswallow
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)

Nearly East Kimberley

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East from Halls Creek

I stocked up on food, water and petrol at Halls Creek and headed south to Caroline Pool – which is about 15 kilometers out of Halls Creek. After a tourist stop at China Wall I carried on. There were so many flies that I got fed up after my walk around and took off.

Spinifex Pigeon


Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera plumifera)

The next stop was the Little Panton River, where I stopped the night. The flies were just as bad but there was a nice waterhole near the old bridge. I never saw so many Great Bowerbirds in my life before. There were at least half a dozen swooping down to drink at one time.

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)

I was so lucky to get a few Northern Rosellas chomping on grass seeds for their evening meal.

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

In the morning I carried on to the Leycester Rest Area , which had a few good waterholes the other side of the old bridge.

Gouldian Finch - red-faced morph


Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

This one is the red-faced morph. I been waiting for this one.

Gouldian Finch - black-faced morph


Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

Black-faced morph. I did not see this at first. I got two morphs in one little puddle of water. doh!

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater


Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Central Kimberley bird list

Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera plumifera)
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Double-barred Finch
Pink-eared Duck
Black-fronted Dotterel
Torresian Crow
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Crested Pigeon
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Weebill
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Budgerigar
Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
Zebra Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Mary Pool

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Mary Pool

These are the extra photos from the morning at Mary Pool, which is on the Mary River. Between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, Central Kimberleys.

Little Woodswallow


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi)

A bunch of Little Woodswallows snuggling up in the morning chill.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

GST with lizard


GST with lizard

I think this is a Grey Shrike-thrush with a lizard.

fairy-wren - but which one


Red-backed Fairy-wren maybe

Not sure which one. I will have to ask the experts. Edit. This is a possible. the only other possible is Purple-backed Fairywren (MalurusĀ assimilis).

Mary River bird list

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris falcata)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Peaceful Dove
Black-fronted Dotterel
Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
fairy-wren
Whistling Kite
Black Kite

April 28, 2019

Central Kimberley Birding

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Fitzroy Crossing to Mary Pool

I got some water, food and petrol at Fitzroy Crossing, had a look at the Geikie Gorge and headed on east towards Hall’s Creek. Lucky I found a nice camp at Mary Pool on the Mary River.

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Having a fanta in the park at Fitzroy Crossing.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Wedge-tailed Eagle


Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

I stopped by the side of the road at a road kill, while this wedgy flew off into the trees.

Central Kimberley bird list

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Darter
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Great Egret
Zebra Finch
Galah
Little Corella
Royal Spoonbill
Little Black Cormorant
Peaceful Dove
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Australian White Ibis
Nankeen Night-heron
Little Woodswallow
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)

West Kimberley Birding

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Between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing

I went back to Derby after my little trek up the Gibb River Road and then headed east towards Fitzroy Crossing. I just stopped at any water-hole I found along the road. And the results were outstanding. Lots of new birds and a swag of ticks. woot and l33t!1!!

Horsfield's Bushlark


Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)

Little Woodswallow  - juvenile


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi) – juvenile

Little Woodswallow  - adult


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi) – adult

Rufous Songlark


Rufous Songlark (Megalurus mathewsi)

Black Honeyeater


Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)

Pied Honeyeater


Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus)

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater


Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Budgerigar


Budgerigar (Melopsitticus undulatus)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Kimberley bird list

Rufous Songlark (Megalurus mathewsi)
Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)
Black-faced Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Zebra Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Budgerigar
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
Black Honeyeater
Pied Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula lutea)
Jacky Winter

April 26, 2019

Gibb River Road

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Gibb River Road

I drove for 72 kilometers along the Gibb River Road – as far as the bitumen. Nevertheless there were a few good water-holes with some good birds. The first one was an old sand pit where I spotted a pair of Black-necked Storks and had a tick with the Red-collared Lorikeet.

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

This is basically very similar to the Rainbow Lorikeet except with an orangy-red collar.

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli)

The northern sub-species kuhli has a narrow crest and red orbital skin around the eye.

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

Further on, I found a waterhole by the side of the road and there were lots of birds feeding – finches and honeyeaters mainly.

Black Honeyeater


Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)

This was the first time I had seen a male Black Honeyeater. You can hardly miss them.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)

This is sub-species annulosa, which ranges in the north of Australia, east to Gulf of Carpentaria. It has an all-black rump and upper-tail.

Brown Falcon


Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)

Gibb River Road bird list

Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Great Egret
White-necked Stork
Great Bowerbird
Little Friarbird
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli) – narrow crest, red orbital skin
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornata)
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Red-winged Parrot
Brown Honeyeater
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)
Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)
Brown Honeyeater
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Willie Wagtail
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Magpie-lark
Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)

Derby Wetlands

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Derby Two

On the second day in Derby I went to the Derby Wetlands which is about five kilometers north of town. The wetlands are made out of the run-off from the town’s sewerage treatment works. A very good idea. Then it is sent to the golf club to make their grass all nice and green. In the morning there was not much around. Very slim pickings indeed. šŸ™

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

boab trees


boab trees

I am mystified by how they got to Australia. No-one seems to know. Not even the scientists.

Derby bird list

Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Glossy Ibis
Grey-headed Babbler
Double-barred Finch
Peaceful Dove
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

April 23, 2019

Derby

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Derby

I got to Derby early in the morning and went to the wharf to have breakfast. There were hundreds of White-breasted Woodswallows swooping and perching on the wires. Plus quite a lot of Bar-shouldered Doves feeding on the grass.

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Black-faced Woodswallow


Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus melanops)

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

I still cannot work out why this one’s head is so black.

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

There are hundreds of Black Kites hanging around the wharf and the wetlands.

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

The Little Crow has white at the base of its hackles. That is the only way I can identify them at all.

Plumed Whistling-Duck


Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

Later on in the afternoon, I went to the Derby wetlands, about five kilometers north of town. It is the runoff from the town’s sewerage.

Black-necked Stork - female


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

3 species of Ibis


3 species of Ibis

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), and Glossy Ibis (Plegadis facinellus).

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

agamid i think


agamid i think

sunset in the kimberley


sunset in the kimberley

Derby bird list

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus melanops)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Whistling Kite
White-faced Heron
Silver Gull
Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Australian White Ibis ((Threskiornis molucca)
Straw-necked Ibis(Threskiornis spinicollis)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis facinellus)
Eurasian Coot
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica macrotarsa)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Little Corella
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

What I missed

Yellow White-eye (Zosterops luteus)
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)

Broome

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Broome Caravan Park

I stayed at the Broome Caraven Park for a couple of nights. It was full on luxury – showers, camp kitchen, and a swimming pool. And all for $15 a night. It is off-season so that is why it was so reasonable. The grounds of the caravan park were full of birds.

Masked Lapwing


Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)

This is the northern sub-species, miles, of the Masked Lapwing and it is slimmer, paler, has no black on the hindneck or breast and a larger yellow wattle.

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis nuchalis)

The Great Bowerbird is the plainest of the bowerbirds with a pale grey colour and not much of a nuchal. Has very long legs.

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)

A mob of Grey-crowned Babblers were collecting nesting material for its nest right next to the camp kitchen.

Blue-winged Kookaburra


Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)

After a few days luxuriating in Broome I thought it best to leave before I got too soft. About 70 kilometers east of Broome, I stopped at this rest area for a snooze and get interrupted by these unruly Long-tailed Finch.

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)

This sub-species acuticauda has a yellow bill, neat black bib, narrow black flank patch, very long central tail feathers, and a narrow black lores.

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

I think this is correct. The Paperback Flycatcher is the northern, tropical equivalent of the Restless Flycatcher, but smaller.

Little Friarbird - immature


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis sordidus)

This is an immature Little Friarbird with the yellow patch on the side of the neck near the shoulder.

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

The front one has a much darker head.

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

There were hundreds of these near Derby wharf.

Sand Goanna


Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)

There were a couple of what I think are Sand Goanna perching on the rocks near the pool. People had been feeding them so that is why they were hanging around all the time. Some people say these are Perentie but I have my doubts.

Frill-neck Lizard


Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

Kimberley bird list

White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Straw-necked Ibis
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis hedlandi)
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis nuchalis)
Little Corella
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis sordidus)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)
Willie Wagtail
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite

Reptiles

Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)
Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

April 20, 2019

The Kimberley Rest Areas

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On the way to Broome

I took a few days to get to Broome from Port Hedland but it was worth it. There were quite a few birds around the rest areas that I stopped at. The first one is Stanley Rest Area, with a good bit of bush around it.

Brown Goshawk maybe


Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus didimus)

I think this is a Brown Goshawk but it is so hard to tell it from a Collared Sparrowhawk.

Torresian Crow


Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)

I am fairly confident this is a Torresian Crow and not a Little Crow because there are no white bases to the hackles.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

The next day I moved up the highway a bit to the Goldwire Rest Area.

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)

Sub-species rubeculus is smaller with a distinctive rufous breast.

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

Frill-neck Lizard


Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

grasshopper


grasshopper

Kimberley bird list

Crested Pigeon
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus didimus)
Singing Honeyeater
Zebra Finch
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Grey Shrike-thrush (Collurincla harmonica)
Magpie-lark
Peaceful Dove

Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)
Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)

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