Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 8, 2019

First in Queensland

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Camooweal Lagoon – Queensland border

I finally made it to the Barkly Homestead after the worst highway in the world. The Carpentaria Highway is one lane bitumen with the most hideous bumps and dips. Huge road trains come hurtling towards you and you have to get way off the road or get smashed. The locals drive like maniacs spraying rocks all over your windscreen. Finally I made it to Camooweal. The weather was freezing cold with a really strong wind blowing. Not the best conditions for finding birds.

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Brolgas


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

They make the most hideous racket.

Little Corella


Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea gymnopsis)

I think this Little Corella is eating a water lily bulb. With added mud. Yum!

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

With nictitaing membrane. Spooky.

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Camooweal Lagoon bird list

Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Magpie-lark
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea gymnopsis)
Zebra Finch
Diamond Dove
Straw-necked Ibis
Pacific Black Duck
White-headed Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Eurasian Coot
Pied Butcherbird

Little River Bird

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Carpentaria Highway

After Mataranka, I headed down the Stuart Highway to Daly Waters, where I filled up my water, then turned left on to the Carpentaria Highway. I stopped in at the Little River bridge and camped the night. And in the afternoon and morning went for a walk looking for birds. In the morning I carried on to Cape Crawford where I filled up with petrol at $2 a litre and turned right to go down the Tablelands Highway towards the Barkly Highway. The highway was horrendous. It was a one lane tarred and pitted patch. Cars came flying towards you and went off the side of the ride, spraying you with rocks. Not a good place for a broken windscreen. Most of the time I just stopped and let the loonies have the road.

Masked Finch


Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)

Jacky Winter


Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

Banded Honeyeater


Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

Carpentaria Highway bird list

Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)
Galah
Banded Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)
Magpie-lark
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Peaceful Dove
Red-necked Lorikeet
Great Bowerbird
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Little Woodswallow
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Australian Bustard
White-faced Heron
Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)
Apostlebird
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Wedge-tailed Eagle

Mataranka Birding

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Elsey National Park

I am heading south now. I got back to Pine Creek and stayed a night at the old racecourse. The next day I headed to Katherine to do some shopping and fill up with petrol. That night I made it to Stirling Mill, just before Mataranka

Helmeted Guineafowl


Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

At Mataranka I went for a swim at Bitter Springs, where there is a nice thermal pool. In the afternoon I went to find a camp at Jalmurark Camping Area in Elsey National Park which is along the Roper River. In the afternoon I went along the Korowan Walk to Mataranka Falls. In the morning I just went down to the boat ramp which was reasonably good.

Red-backed Fairy-wren


Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

Shining Flycatcher  - female


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – female

Shining Flycatcher  - male


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – male

Notice how he is not really black but a shiny dark blue.

Grey-tcrowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Tawny Frogmouth


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

With perfect camouflage.

Mataranka bird list

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Northern Rosella
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Great Bowerbird
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Rufous Whistler
Little Pied Cormorant
Double-barred Finch
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Tawny Frogmouth
Grey-crowned Babbler

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