Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 29, 2019

Macksville to Taree

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Mid-North Coast Birding.

I wanted to have a look at the surf at Scott’s Head, just out of Macksville. There was a bit of swell running so I thought there might be something there if the point had accumulated some more sand. When I was walking up to the point, I saw some people looking up into the trees and I pulled out the camera and took some photos of a snoozing Tawny Frogmouth.

Tawny Frogmouth


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

There was a bit of swell but there was no sand out at the point. It has been like that for years now. I remember surfing for hundreds of meters down the beach with lots of sand. 🙁

Scotts Head surfing


Surfing the point

After Scott’s Head, I headed south along the coast and stayed at Ryan’s Cut Picnic Area in Hat Head National Park for the night. Then continued on to Crescent Head which was no good at all – small waves with an onshore wind chopping everything up. I then went via Port Macquarie and Laurieton then stopped again at Saltwater National Park , east of Taree. I have been here a few times and it has always been productive.

White-headed Pigeon


White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Regent Bowerbird   - male


Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – male

Regent Bowerbird - female


Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – female

Mid-north Coast bird list

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
Australian Brush-Turkey (Alectura lathami)
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)
Willie Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Robin
Superb Fairy-wren
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
White-browed Scrubwren
Spangled Drongo
Pied Butcherbird
White-faced Heron
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)

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August 21, 2019

Hortons Creek

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Nymboida Area

Heading down south from Kyogle, I spent the weekend near Casino, then headed to Grafton , then inland towards Nymboida. Just before Nymboida, I found a camp spot next to a creek and in the morning carried on to Horton’s Creek, where I went for a walk along the creek bed. There was no water in the creek, just lots of big stones. I found a waterhole where the Bell Miners were coming to have a drink.

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

Spotted Pardalote - female


Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus punctatus)

This Spotted Pardalote , sub-species punctatus), is a female with yellow spots on the crown and without a yellow throat.

Hortons Creek bird list

Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
Red-browed Finch
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus punctatus)
Superb Fairy-wren
Laughing Kookaburra

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August 7, 2019

Sheepstation Creek Campground

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Border Ranges National Park

After some time in Kyogle I headed up the hill to the Border Ranges National Park. I think it is on the edge of the caldera that is the old volcano of Mount Warning. I stopped at Sheepstation Creek Campground and in the afternoon went for a walk along the track. In the morning there were so many Satin Bowerbirds around the camp ground.

Satin Bowerbird - male


Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)- male

Satin Bowerbird


Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

I am not sure if this is a female or a juvenile Satin Bowerbird.

Eastern Whipbird - adult


Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

I was lucky to get a couple of photos of this adult Eastern Whipbird. They hardly ever come out into the open but skulk around the forest floor, scratching around the leaf litter.

Crested Shrike-tit


Crested Shrike-tit (Fulcunculus frontatus)

White-browed Scrubwren


White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

This was unusual seeing a Bell Miner on the ground. This one was digging away in the ground, possibly looking for worms or something.

Variegated Fairy-wren


Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

Eastern Yellow Robin


Eastern Yellow Robin ( Eopsaltria australis)

These are very common on the edges of rainforest areas.

Border Ranges National Park bird list

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
Eastern Yellow Robin ( Eopsaltria australis)
Crimson Rosella
Australian King Parrot
Bell Miner
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Pied Currawong
Satin Bowerbird
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
Crested Shrike-tit (Fulcunculus frontatus)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Brush Turkey
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Pied Butcherbird
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Laughing Kookaburra
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

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August 3, 2019

Around Maleny

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Soouthern Queensland

Nearly out of Queensland. Heading south. Ravensbourne’s rainforest has seen many changes. Aboriginal people camped and gathered food here long before timber-getters arrived to log the forests.

Ravensbourne National Park


Ravensbourne National Park

Then on past Lake Somerset to The Blackall Range. Just near Maleny you can see over the Glasshouse Mountains near to the coast.

McCarthey's Lookout


McCarthey’s Lookout

Just before Kenilworth there is a nice patch of rainforest with big strangler figs.

Fig Tree Walk


Fig Tree Walk

High up in the mountains, there is the town of Mapleton with the nearby Mapleton National Park.

Mapleton National Park


Mapleton National Park

On the northern side of Lake Baroom there is a dam and spillway. This morning the fog was closed in.

Lake Baroom spillway


Lake Baroom

Heading up into the hills again, I stopped at the Andrew Drynan Park just before the Border Ranges and New South Wales.

Border Ranges National Park


Border Ranges National Park.

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