Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 16, 2019

Kakadu National Park 2

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Gungurul Camping Ground

The next camp-ground heading towards Jabiru is Gungurul. It is another basic camping site with just toilets and fire-places. The price is right, however, only six dollars per night. You cannot whinge about that! In the afternoon I went for a walk to the South Alligator River. There were a few flowering gums with a few honeyeaters and lorikeets having a feed on the blossoms.

Dusky Honeyeater


Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura obscura)

 Silver-crowned Friarbird


Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)

Little Eagle


Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)

This Little Eagle was having a good look at me when I was on the bridge.

Brown Goshawk


Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

This Brown Goshawk landed in the grass at the side of the road and was rooting around in the undergrowth. I have no idea what he was doing.

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo  - female


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) – female

Kakadu bird list

Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura obscura)
Brown Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)
Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Peaceful Dove
Spangled Drongo

May 15, 2019

Kambolgie Campground

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Kambolgie Creek Camp Ground

Kambolgie Creek camp was the first one in Kakadu National Park as you come in from the Pine Creek end. It is quite a nice little camping spot with just drop toilets. The creek runs by down the hill and there are signs that say “Crocodile sighted 12-3-2019 and 10-4-2019 – four meters in length.” I had a good night camping with a young fella who cooked up some mutton and vegetables in the camp oven. Delicious!

Banded Honeyeater


Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

The only flowering gum for miles and I get a new bird of the top end. win.

Spotted Harrier


Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

Bar-shouldered Doves


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

These doves were pecking away in the burnt-out bush. I am not sure for what. Maybe seeds. There is a little Peaceful Dove in there too.

 Goanna


Goanna

I am not sure which of the Varanus monitors this one is.

Wild Pig


Wild Pig

This wild pig was eating the new shoots of the pandanus palm. When it saw me it gave me a long look, then I turned away and got ready to run. But then it ran off, so I went phew.
I saw two wild pigs in the last two days. As well as a wild Water Buffalo. They reckon they can be quite aggressive so I did not stop and pat it.

Danger


Danger

Do not get eaten by the crocodiles!

Kakadu National Park bird list

Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)
Yellow-throated Miner
Blue-faced Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Ruby-throated Honeyeater
Galah
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Magpie-lark
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-winged Triller
White-breasted Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Paperbark Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Rufous Whistler
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Straw-necked Ibis
Red-winged Parrot
Great Egret

Wild Pig
Perentie Monitor – maybe
wild Water Buffalo

May 14, 2019

Nearly at Kakadu

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Harriet Creek

I set off from Pine Creek after getting a few supplies and petrol. Half way along the road to Kakadu I found a picnic area and decided to stop for some lunch. It was a nice area next to Harriet Creek. So I ended up staying there for the night.

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula )

Dusky Honeyeater  - maybe


Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura) – maybe

I think this is a Dusky Honeyeater but not sure.

 Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

All huddled up like a bunch of woodswallows. This is the first time I have seen this.

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)

Harriet Creek bird list

Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii smithi)
Yellow-throated Miner
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Crimson Finch
Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura)
Brown Honeyeater
Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptolotula flasvescens)
Little Friarbird
Red-collared Lorikeet
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)
Red-winged Parrot
Pied Butcherbird

Northern Territory upwards

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Katherine to Pine Creek

My first stop was the turnoff to Edith Falls. They were burning off the bush and there was fire and smoke around us all night. In the morning I headed north up the Stuart Highway to Fergusson River and did some sewing repairs before being driven off by flies. I carried on to Pine Creek where I stayed at the old Pine Creek racecourse. The next morning I spent at the Pine Creek Railway Reservoir.

Partridge Pigeon


Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii smithi)

This sub-species smithi of the Partridge Pigeon has red facial skin.

Brush Cuckoo


Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus dumetorum)

Unbarred morph female.

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)

  • ssp with red bill – northern nt
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

Blue-faced Honeyeater


Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis albipennis)

Masked Lapwing


Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)

Sub-species miles is slimmer, paler, with no black on hindneck or breast.

Silver-crowned Friarbird


Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)

Northern Fantail


Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)

 White-winged Triller


White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Pine Creek bird list

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)
White-breasted Woodswallow
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelis humeralis)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Double-barred Finch
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)
Red-collared Lorikeet
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii smithi)
Crested Pigeon
Masked Lapwing
Straw-necked Ibis
Red-winged Parrot
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)
Little Crow
Pied Butcherbird
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus dumetorum)
Peaceful Dove
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)

May 9, 2019

Katherine Gorge 2

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Katherine Gorge

This is day two at Katherine Gorge, otherwise known as Nitmiluk National Park. In the afternoon, I went for a stroll along the southern walk. It was pretty disappointing and I saw nothing except a juvenile White-gaped Honeyeater feeding on some mistletoe.

White-throated Gerygone


White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea rogersi)

This morning there were a few more birds around. I went for a walk along the river, past the boat ramp and beneath the cliffs until it started to climb up the hill. That was enough for me.

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

This Great Bowerbird was feasting on some wild fruit.

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)

And this Northern Rosella was feeding on the same stuff.

White-gaped Honeyeater - juvenile


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

This White-gaped Honeyeater is a juvenile with no white gape but a thin yellow stripe below the bill.

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

This adult White-gaped Honeyeater has got the standard white gape before the eye.

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis inexpecta)

This Bar-shouldered Dove has got a pale skin around the eye and a yellow eye. I suspect it is a young one.

Agile Wallaby


Agile Wallaby

This fella was feeding around my camp site early in the morning. He is totally used to humans.

Katherine Gorge bird list

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea rogersi)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis inexpecta)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelis placida)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Olive-backed Oriole
Rufous Fantail
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Willie Wagtail
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Apostlebird
Magpie-lark
Red-winged Parrot
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)
Whistling Kite
Black Kite

Agile Wallaby

Nitmiluk National Park

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Katherine Gorge

The first day in Katherine Gorge, also known as Nitmiluk National Park was a but quiet but the next morning it was a bit better along the river-front.

 Silver-crowned Friarbird


Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)

There was quite a variety of flycatchers but most of them I cannot properly identify.

Shining Flycatcher - male


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)

I know this one, it is a male Shining Flycatcher. The female has a chocolate back.

Maybe a Leaden Flycatcher


Maybe a Leaden Flycatcher

This one may be a male. Or not.

 Maybe Leaden Flycatcher


Maybe Leaden Flycatcher

Possibly a female or a young one. I cannot tell. Or a Broad-billed Flycatcher. Dunno.

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis inexpecta)

I put up this close up shot to show the red bare skin around the eye is quite pronounced on this sub-species inexpecta.

black flying fox maybe


Black Flying Fox ?

There was a horde of these flying foxes in the trees. They made the most horrendous racket.

Katherine Gorge bird list

Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)
Broad-billed Flycatcher (Myiagra ruficollis) ????
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) ???
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
White-gaped Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)
Red-winged Parrot
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Magpie-lark
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Bar-shouldered Dove
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Rufous Whistler
Olive-backed Oriole
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Apostlebird

Black Flying Fox ???

May 7, 2019

Manbulloo Station

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Katherine Birding

I made it to Katherine from the Western Australian border after about three days. I lobbed into town but it was a public holiday so the library was closed. After doing some shopping and indulging in some decadent Maccas, I headed back to Manbulloo Station, Which is about thirteen kilometers west of Katherine and has a nice camping area. No swimming pool but hot showers and a camp kitchen. Good enough for me. In the afternoon I went for a walk along the Katherine River. And in the morning repeated the process.

Yellow Oriole


Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)

This is an adult Yellow Oriole with mostly yellow belly, red bill and eye.

Radjah Shelduck


Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)

I saw three pairs of Radjah Shelduck on the river bank but nothing else. doh!

Spangled Drongo


Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus baileyi)

I have not seen a Spangled Drongo for a long time.

Pheasant Coucal


Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus melanurus)

This Pheasant Coucal was displaying some beautiful plumage.

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli)

This is an amazing display by a northern male Galah, sub-species kuhli.

Blue-winged Kookaburra


Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

Katherine bird list

Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus baileyi)
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus melanurus)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris falcata)
Australian White Ibis
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Galah

Sullivan Creek Birding

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Western Northern Territory

Sullivan Creek Rest Area – the eastern gateway to the Judbarra/Gregory National Park, jointly managed by the traditional owners and Parks NT. The park protects part of the Victoria River catchment with a climate that ranges from wet/dry tropics in the north to the semi-arid zone in the south.

Northern Fantail


Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris isura)

The Northern Fantail has a grey breast with pale streaks and long white tips to outer tail feathers.

Rufous Whistler


Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris falcata)

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

Willie Wagtail


Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)

This Willie Wagtail has got a nice meal of a butterfly. yum yum.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

I drove on east and stopped at Brandy Bottle Creek. There were a bunch of Apostlebirds and Grey-headed Babblers squabbling away in the creek bed.

Cockatiel


Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)

Western Northern Territory bird list

Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris isura)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris falcata)
Crimson Finch
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Red-winged Parrot
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Great Egret
Apostlebird
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Cockatiel
Grey-headed Babbler
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)
Pied Butcherbird
Great Bowerbird

May 6, 2019

WA to NT

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Western Australia to the Northern Territory

From Wyndham I headed east to Kununurra and went for a walk around the lagoon near town. Nothing much there at all except some nice Crimson Finch having a drink. Other highlights were a couple of Comb-crested Jacana, Green Pygmy-goose, and the usual Great Bowerbirds in the park.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

I stopped at the East Baines Rest Area when I got over the border into the Northern Territory and this mob of Masked Finch interrupted my lunch. I had to stop and take their photos! The hide of them birds.

Masked Finch


Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)

I stopped off at the Cockatoo Lagoon in Kemp River National Park but it was totally empty 🙁

Torresian Crow


Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)

The bird on the left is a juvenilie with the pink facial skin under the bill and a blue eye.

Spotted Harrier


Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I took off from Timber Creek and saw this Spotted Harrier flying low over the grass at the sides of the highway.

 Victoria River sunset


Victoria River sunset

They had a fishing contest on the river and there were cars coming in all night at the camp ground. I eventually got the shits and moved up the road in the bush at a nice quiet spot.

Weebill


Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris flavescens)

Just before the Victoria River Roadhouse, I went into the Joe Creek picnic area and went for a look along the Nawulbinbin Walk. Nice scenery but only a few birds such as this Weebill who are much more yellow tinged in northern Australia.

East Kimberley bird list

Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
Comb-crested Jacana
Great Bowerbird
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Green Pygmy-goose
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)
Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)
Torresian Crow
Peaceful Dove
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Little Woodswallow
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
Double-barred Finch
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris flavescens)

May 2, 2019

The Eastern Kimberlies

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Parry Creek Farm

I met a Dutch birder at the Parry Lagoon yesterday and he advised me to come to Parry Creek Farm and camp. It was great. They have a swimming pool and a camp kitchen and a lovely billabong out the back. And I needed a shave badly. In the morning I went for a wander around the grounds and there were quite a few bush birds in the trees around the camp.

Paperback Flycatcher


Paperback Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

This is the best shot of the Paperback Flycatcher that I have got so far. Very happy with this one.

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

Upside down as per usual.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

It is impossible not to take a photo of these gorgeous creatures. Especially when they roost right in front of you.

White-winged Triller


White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Green Pygmy-goose


Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)

Striated Pardalote


Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Parry Creek Farm bird list

Paperback Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Little Corella
Galah
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Rufous Whistler
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

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