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September 30, 2009

Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography 090930

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Belmont Lagoon Bird Photography, 30th September, 2009.

I had not been to Belmont Lagoon for ages, it seemed. So this morning I went for a look-see. The first thing I saw as soon as I got out of the van was a Mallard. There were a bunch of Little Black Cormorants on the wires. Further on along the creek I saw a Brown Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Sacred Kingfisher and some White-cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on some lovely red bottle-brush.

White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Some Red-browed Finch were feeding along the track and about 8 Little Egrets, some in breeding plumage, were roosting on the top of the casuarina trees across the creek.

Little Egret
Little Egret (Ardea garzetta)

And, joy oh joy, the White-breasted Woodswallows are back. It must be spring. Hmm, I wonder where they went? I saw another juvenile Rufous Whistler this morning.

juvenile Rufous Whistler
juvenile Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris)

I saw a Sacred Kingfisher and further on I saw what I think is a Forest Kingfisher.

Forest Kingfisher ?
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

At the end of the creek, I turned right and a pair of Eastern Whipbird were calling and flittering around in a stand of trees. They were very active. Maybe they are courting. I got a couple of photos after a patient wait for them to stop still for just a second.

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

A Tawny Grassbird was making a racket. I must go and listen to its call so I can identify it better. A rabbit hopped over the road when I headed to the north, and later I watched a Red-bellied Black Snake wriggle across the road when I disturbed him having a sunbake. I am glad that I was making lots of noise as I walked up to him. Towards the end of the peninsular, some Caspian Terns were diving for fish. They were too far away for me to see what they were getting, but there were lots of mullet in the lagoon that I saw.

Belmont Lagoon bird list 30/9/09

Australian Pelican
Welcome Swallow
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairy-wren
Silvereye
Australian Raven
Pacific Black Duck
White-browed Scrubwren
Laughing Kookaburra
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Masked Lapwing
Chestnut Teal
Mallard
Silver Gull
Little Black Cormorant
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
Magpie-lark
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Sacred Kingfisher
Forest Kingfisher
Black Swan
Red-browed Finch
Yellow Thornbill
Little Egret in breeding plumage
White-breasted Woodswallow
Rufous Whistler immature
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Rosella
Tawny Grassbird
White-faced Heron
Caspian Tern
Common Myna

September 29, 2009

Minmi Bird Photography 090929

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Minmi Bird Photography, 29th September, 2009.

This afternoon I got a chance to go out bush after a few days off. The wind seems to have died down and is coming from the south-east now. Some rain would freshen things up heaps. I walked around the garden first and did not see much, just a few Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a pair of Laughing Kookaburra.

I walked around the bush track and there were some Chestnut Teal on the pond and further up along the track, I spotted a Juvenile Rufous Whistler and then later on saw an adult male Rufous Whistler. The photos of them turned out crap, so I am not too happy about that! 🙁

Back near the car park, I spotted a pair of Eastern Rosella, the Noisy Miners started up a racket as the sun went down, and the Australian Magpies were getting ready to go to bed. All in all, it was a pretty lame afternoon with not a single decent photograph. Let’s hope tomorrow is better. doh!

Minmi Bird List 29/9/09

Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Laughing Kookaburra
Chestnut Teal
Welcome Swallow
White-faced Heron
Rufous Whistler
Grey Fantail
bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Eastern Rosella
Australian Magpie

East Java Bird Watching Spots

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East Java Bird Watching Spots

Surabaya

This huge city is the hub of East Java. I really like it here. Stay at the Bamboe Denn, Jl. Kemambang Kali.

Looking at Java
East Java

Gunung Bromo
Mount Bromo and Java’s largest mountain, Gunung Semeru make up the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. It is a well-known tourist resort and can get crowded with people who want to see the sun rise. You can stay at the Cafe Lava Hostel at Cemoro Lawang. To get there, take a mini-bus from Probolinggo. There is an endemic Russet Bush-warbler to be seen here. Other birds that may be seen here include Barred Cuckoo-dove, Sunda Bush-warbler or Mountain White-eye.

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

Purwodadi
Purwodadi Waterfall. Kebun Raya Purwodadi is a couple of kilometres north of Lawang.

Baluran National Park
Baluran National Park

Baluran National Park.
Update: April, 2012. You can get the bus to the National Park entrance from either Banyuwangi or Surabaya. Entry cost is 20k. Cost for an ojek to Bekol is 30k. Bring food if staying at Bekol. You can cook your own. Bed is 30k per night. Bama Beach is 3k down the road. Room cost is 100k per night and there is a warung serving excellent meals. The birding here is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Balurn National Park Office – Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
There is basic accommodation(three guest houses) at Bekol and Bama. You may have to bring your own food. A mini-bus can get you there from the ferry that comes from Bali. The park is in the north east of Java and the entrance to the Baluran National Park is in Wolerojo, where you get your permit at the headquarters. Birds to be seen here include Green Peafowl, Green Junglefowl, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Crested Goshawk, Mangrove Whistler, Greater Flameback.

Ijen
You can use Banyuwangi as a base for the Ijen-Merapi-Maeleng Reserve. The Ijen caldera is about twenty kilometers wide. Whilst there, you may see such birds as the Javan Owlet, Rufous Woodcock, the endemic White-faced Partridge, Javan Bush-warbler, Orange-breasted Trogon and Sunda Minivet.
You can also stay at Pos Paltuding or Arabika Homestay at Sempol, 13k before Pos Paltuding.

Meru Betiri National Park
Travel from the city of Jember and book accommodation for the park at the office on Jalan Sriwijaya. The KSDA office on Jalan Jawa 36 can give you information on Pulau Sempu. From Jember you can also go to Puger Beach, Watu Ulo and Papuma Beach. Meru Betiri National Park is on the south coast of Java. From Jember, go to Rajekwesi, then Sukamade beach, and on to the the park. There is accommodation in the park, but you have to book in Jember and possibly bring your own food. Another possibility is the hotel Marco Utomo, in Kalibaru, and they have two guides. There are guesthouses in Sukamade and one in Bandealit. The park is reputed to be home to 180 species of birds such as White-faced Partridge, Green Peafowl, Javan Hawk-eagle, Black-banded Barbet, Javan Coucal, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Spotted Kestrel and the Java Sparrow. The Rhinoceros Hornbill can also be seen relatively easily there as well. Semeru Tours can offer more information on this area.

Sukamade
Meru Betiri National Park.
Get there from Jember -> Glenmore -> Jajag -> Pesanggaran(1pm truck) -> Sarongan -> Sukamade
Stay: Wisma Sukamade, or Mess Pantai.

Jember
Stay: Hotel Bandung Permai.
National Park Office – Meru Betiri National Park Office: Jl Sriwijaya 53, Jember 68121, East Java, Tel/Fax: +62 331 321530, E-mail: meru@telkom.net
Go to Watu Ulo and Papuma Beaches – 30km south of Jember via bus. At Watu Ulo stay at Hotel Vishnu.

Malang

Stay:
Bamboe Denn, Jalan Arjuna No1, Malang.
Hotel Helios, Hotel Tosari.

Balekambang Beaches are 30km South of Malang, also Ngliyep and Sedangbiru. Go to Pulau Sempu from Sedangbiru. Places to stay from 10,000.

Purwodadi Botanical Gardens – Kebun Raya Purwodadi, Pasuruan. 20km North of Malang.

PPLH Seloliman
Take an ojek from Trawas, north-west of Malang. Located on the slopes of Gunung Penanggungan.

Raden Soerjo Forest Park
The Raden Soerjo Conservation Forest Park or Taman Hutan Raya, is located at Tulungrejo village(Cangar Tourist Object), near Batu, 38 kilometers north west of Malang. Stay at Batu, Hotel Sumber or Arumdalu. Or stay at Selekta. You can also climb the Arjuno-Welirang volcano if you want. It is still active and last erupted in 1952.

Pacitan
Pacitan is a southern seaside resort 120km south of Solo. Stay at Happy Day Beach Bungalows or any of the losmen on the beach.

Resources:

The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Indonesia (National Parks of the World)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands

Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali

September 28, 2009

West Java Bird Watching Spots

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West Java Bird Watching

Jakarta

Pondok Bambu – East Jakarta, Taman Monas, Metro Marina Beach – North Jakarta, Marunda – North Jakara, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol – North Jakarta, Taman Wisata Angke – North Jakarta.
Stay in Jalan Jaksa area which is near Gambir Station. Examples of hotels could be Bloem Steen Homestay or Kresna Homestay.
Get here via Airport(get Damri bus to Gambir), Boat(Pelni Lines), Bus, Train.

Muara Angke Wetland Reserve
This reserve is in the north-western suburbs of Jakarta, close to the Muara Angke fish market. You need to get a permit to enter beforehand. There are marshy areas and pools. The boardwalk has been fixed up and is a good place to see the rare Sunda Coucal. Other birds there may include Black Bittern, Sunda Woodpecker, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo and the Small Blue Kingfisher. You can catch a bus here from the Gogol terminal and stop at the entrance to Pantai Indah Kapuk housing estate or Jalan Pluit Karang. Then walk to the reserve.

Pulau Rambut
You can take a small speed boat out to this island. On the way you may see White-bellied Sea-eagles or frigatebirds. On the island is an observation tower where you might see Black-crowned Night-heron, Purple Heron, egret or Black-naped Oriole.

Pamanukan shrimp ponds.
This spot is to the east of Jakarta. You may see White-headed Stilt, Javan Plover, Small Blue Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Plain Prinia, Pied Fantail or Javan White-eye.

Pulau Dua
At the wetlands close to Pulau Dua, have a look for Javan Plovers and other waders. This spot may be hard to find, so you might need a guide to help you out. You might spot some Sunda Teal, kingfishers, Streaked Weaver, Rainbow Bee-eater, Pied Fantail, or Golden-bellied Gerygone. To get there, from Jakarta go to Serang, then Sawah Luhur.
You can stay at park or hotel in Serang.

Carita
Look for the Banded Pitta behind the village. In the evening you may see the Javan Owlet. Most of the birding in Carita is done along a three kilometre track that goes to Gurug Gendang waterfall. You might get to see the White-breasted Babbler, Scaly-crowned Babbler, Grey-headed fish eagle, and minivets. You can stay at the Black Rhino hotel which is quite close to the birding areas in Carita, or Sunset View.

Ujung Kulon National Park
To get there, charter a boat from Labuan or travel by land from Labuan to Taman Jaya and then walk.
Stay: guest house on Peucang as well as Handeleum and Taman Jaya. You may have to hire a guide.
Good birdwatching spots at:
– Grazing grounds at Ciujungkulon and Chihadelum.
– canoe ride up the Cigenter River
– hike from Peucang to Cibunar on south coast.

Bogor.
Taking the train from Jakarta seems to be the best option. I have travelled by bus and got hopelessly lost. The Bogor Botanical Gardens are in the centre of town and you cannot miss them. They are quite close to Pensione Firmane on Jalan Palendang, where I stayed in the nineties. The Botanical Gardens open at 8am. You may see Orange-headed Thrushes, hanging parrots, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Black-naped Fruit-dove, kingfishers and herons.

Gunung Gede
The Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park is 41 kilometres south east from Bogor. Visit the Cibodas Botanical Garden to look for the Javan Scoop Owl, Pygmy Tits, Javan Hawk-eagles or Salvadori’s Nightjar. Have a look around the golf course as well. On Mount Gede, stay at Freddy’s Homestay. Walk up the track in the Gunung Gede National Park before the Air Panas hot springs, where you might see Sunda Thrush, Mountain Serin, Sunda Cuckoo-shrike, Horsfield’s Babbler or Spotted Crocias, for example.

Gunung Halimun
The Gunung Halimun National Park is south west from Bogor, near the village of Cipenteng/Kabandungan. Get your permits here and head towards the park to Citalahab, two kilometres from the visitors centre, where there are some cheap losmens. You are not allowed into the park without a guide, so hire one of the villagers to show you the way. You may get to see the endemic White-bellied Fantail or a Javan Hawk-eagle if you are lucky.

Pangandaran
This is a very popular tourist resort on the south coast of Java. Avoid like the plague during Indonesian holidays. To get there, go from Bandung to Tasikmalaya, Banjar, then Pangandaran. In the National Park at the end of the peninsular you may see Black-banded Barbet, Blue-breasted Quail, Green Junglefowl, Oriental Pied-hornbill, Collared Kingfisher or Cream-vented Bulbul. You can get a ranger to guide you for about 50,000 Rupiah. The Boundary Trail is said to be the easiest trail through the park. You can hire becak, bicycle, motorbike, or car.
Stay: Adams Homestay, Bamboo House. At East Beach try Laguna Beach Bungalows. Most convenient to park is Pondok Pelang or Pondok Moris.
To the west of Pangandaran, try Batu Karas, Green Canyon, Parigi.
Segara Anakan is a large tidal lagoon close to Pangandaran, where you might find Sunda Coucal, Milky Stork or Lesser Adjutant. To get there, take a minibus from Pangandaran to Kalipucang. There is also a ferry from Kalipucang to Cilacap, which takes about four hours and goes along all the backwaters.

Bandung
Stay at HOtel Arimbi, Wisma Asri, Hotel Citra, Hotel Guntur.
The Parahyangan Highlands is north of Bandung. Catch a bemo to the top of Tangkuban Prahu volcano, then catch a bemo to Ciater Hot Springs, Stop at Maribaya for the waterfalls and walk down through the forest to the Dago Tea House, Jalan Juanda.

Resources:

The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Indonesia (National Parks of the World)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands

Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali

Bali Bird Watching

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Bali Bird Watching

This is information that I have collated from various trip reports. I wanted to have all the sites in one spot for an easy analysis and for making a plan to visit Bali for bird photography. For those of you that have not been to Bali, you can take the cheap or expensive option. Either cheap backpacker travel and accommodation or fully serviced transport and hotel. Its very easy to get around by bemo or hire a car. There are hotels or losmens everywhere you go and its easy to find a place to stay. The best time to visit would be during the dry, from about May to November. The wet is still fine, it just rains in the afternoon, for example, or it could pour at any time. Its no problem. I have been in Indonesia from December to February and it was great.

Pacific Reef-egret.
Pacific Reef Egret

Bali Barat National Park
This National Park has only one endemic, the Bali Starling, which has a breeding centre in the park. You can stay in Gilimanuk which is the ferry port for Java. Or closer towards the park near Cekik. There are two trails to follow – the Tegal Bunder trail or a longer hike along the Gunung Klatakan trail. There is also a good walk along Teluk Terima, on the other side of the island. You can also get a boat to Deer Island from here. You can also take a boat trip around Gilimanuk Bay which goes along the mangrove forests on a little prahu. There are reports that Park fees and obligatory guides can be quite expensive.

Yellow Vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

At Tegal Bunder you may see the Yellow-vented Bulbul, Black-naped Oriole, parakeets, fantails, Green Jungle Fowl, Spotted Dove, Black Drongo or Olive-backed Sunbird. Along the Gunung Klatakan trail you may see the Southern Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Banded Pitta, Dollarbird, Talking Mynah or Jungle Fowl.

Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes
This area is near to Wanagiri and at the village of Pura Gubug you will find remnants of relatively undisturbed forests that may be home to babblers, woodpeckers, ground thrushes and malkohas. Stay at Pondok Kesuma Wisata.

Gunung Batukau
Warung Kaja has amazing views and offers bird-watching tours for a very reasonable rate. Also try the Garden Temple, Pura Luhur Batukau, which may have barbets, Scarlet Minivets, flycatchers and Scarlet-headed Flowerpeckers in the trees around the temple.

Ubud
You can go on a Victor Mason “Bali Bird Walks” tour from the Beggars Bush Cafe which goes around the rice paddies and you can see such birds as Striated Swallow, Pied Bushchat, Pacific Swallow, Cattle Egret, Cinnamon Bittern, as well as many others. Out of town near the Campuhan area you can do some birding around the rice fields. Jungut Inn.

Uluwatu
Along the cliffs of Uluwatu, you may see frigatebirds, Brown Booby, White-tailed Tropicbirds.

Tanjung Benoa
Around the harbour, you may see a Javan Plover, Savannah Nightjar, kingfishers, flowerpeckers, Grey-tailed Tattler or Little Pied Cormorant. The mudflats in the harbour are good for waders.

Bedugul
The Bali Botanical Gardens and Lake Bratan have a large variety of birds that include Grey-cheeked Green Pigeons, Blue-crowned Barbets, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Philippine Glossy Starling, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot or Collared Kingfisher. The botanical gardens are on the slopes of Gunung Pohon. Stay – Pondok Wisata Dahlia Indah. Or Hotel Melati on the road to the Kebun Raya.

Kebun Raya Bedugul
Rainforest at Bedugul

Sanur mudflats.
You may see egrets, Purple Heron, munia, gerygone, Olive-backed Sunbird. The Mangrove Information Centre is 5 kilometres west of Sanur with a boardwalk and hides. Also try Turtle Island and Mertasari Temple which are also on the eastern side of the island quite near to Sanur.

long-tailed shrike
Long-tailed Shrike

The Celu Sewerage Farm at Nusa Dua is a good place for water birds, especially the Sunda Teal.

Mangrove Information Center
There are two hides and a 3km trail winds through the mangrove forest. It is at Suwung Kauh, on the road to Sanur, from Kuta.

Another possibility is Kintimani and Gunung Batur. This is high up in the mountains and there is a lake in the volcano crater. I visited here in the seventies and its a weird and creepy place for those of you that like the bizarre. If you are lucky you might see the volcano erupt. We watched the lava flowing down the volcano at night time. It was truly amazing.

Resources:

The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Indonesia (National Parks of the World)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands

Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali

September 25, 2009

Minmi Bird Photography 090925

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Minmi Bird Photography 25th September, 2009.

The wind had dropped off this morning. I was a bit late getting up this morning – 5:45am! What a lazy person I am. This morning I set off to Minmi because I surmised that all the migratory waders had been blown off to New Zealand. I parked near the Cemetery at Minmi and had a look at the garden. There were some Silvereyes hanging around the Tobacco Bush again. A couple of Brown Cuckoo-dove were feeding on the cassia trees, and some Red-browed Finch were flittering away around the smaller bushes.

Silvereye
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

I went for a walk around the bush track. There were heaps of Bell Miner as well as a few White-browed Scrubwren near some dried up creeks. I spotted a Scarlet Honeyeater. It wasn’t hard because they stick out like sore thumbs with their bright red head and chest.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

The Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) glides on drooped, downwards wings and have a rounded tail at the end. To distinguish from the Grey Falcon, the shape of the Grey Goshawk’s wing is quite apparent, the grey falcon having long pointed wings whereas the grey goshawk has shorter rounded wings. The Grey Goshawk habitat is mainly forests and prefers near coastal wet forests. They are distributed mainly around the coast of Eastern and Northern Australia.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater

Minmi bird list, 25/9/09

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Galah
Australian Wood Duck
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian King-parrot
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Red-browed Finch
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Whipbird H
Bell Miner
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
White-browed Scrubwren
Laughing Kookaburra
Chestnut Teal

September 24, 2009

Stockton Sandspit Bird Photography 090924

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Stockton Sandspit Bird Photography 24th September 2009.

5:30am! What sort of time is that to get out of bed? Well this morning I was keen to get out and about after the red dust storm that blanketed Newcastle yesterday. The wind was still blowing a bit from the south-west and it was a bit cold. I drove over the bridge to Stockton Sandspit and went for a look. The tide was a fair bit out, so I was hoping for a few migratory waders. But there were about 3 Eastern Curlews on the mud flats, a bunch of Black-winged Stilts and a few Red-capped Plovers on the shore. doh!

Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

A couple of baby Red-capped Plovers were on the sandy grit in the center island section, near the lagoon. As I was heading to the car park, a juvenile Brahminy Kite flew over.

I then went around the corner to Fern Bay for a look, but there were only a mob of Chestnut Teals, Grey Teals and some White-faced Heron sheltering from the wind behind the mangroves.

Common Starling
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Stockton Bird List 24/9/09

Crested Pigeon
Common Mynah
Little Pied Cormorant
Eastern Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Oystercatcher
Red-capped Plover
Superb Fairy-wren
Common Starling
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
White-faced Heron
Brahminy Kite

September 22, 2009

Stockton Bird Photography 090922

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Stockton Bird Photography 22nd September 2009.

It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning. But I knuckled down and bit the bullet and all those other cliches. I went down to the local park because I heard there had been some Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos there. I did a walk around the fig trees, but saw not a one. Great start to the day, I said to myself. So off i toddled to the Stockton Sandspit and a massive traffic jam trying to get over the Hunter River. Strike 2.

The tide was coming in at the Stockton Sandspit. There were a few young Pied Oytercatchers in the inner lagoon as well as some Australian White Ibis, Black-winged Stilt and Eastern Curlew.

On the mud flats was a single lone Bar-tailed Godwit having a good peck. All the rest of them were over at the Kooragang Dykes. Poor little fella. Some Red-capped Plovers were also on the mud flats and there were some up on the grassy-shelly land.

Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

A couple of large flocks of Red-necked Avocets came towards the mud flats and most of them flew away again. Some of them alighted and had a bit of a slosh, but took off again soon after. There was also a few Curlew Sandpiper and a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. (Thanks to David and Grant for the ID).

Grey-tailed Tattler
Grey-tailed Tattler (Heteroscelus brevipes)

After that I went along the river front at Stockton and saw a pair of Grey-tailed Tattler.

Grey-tailed Tattler
Grey-tailed Tattler

Stockton Bird List 22/9.09

Pied Oystercatcher
Australian White Ibis
Black-winged Stilt
Eastern Curlew
Bar-tailed Godwit
White-faced Heron
Red-necked Avocet
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Crested Tern
Grey-tailed Tattler
Grey Fantail
Australian Pelican
Superb Fairy-wren
Rock Dove
Yellow Thornbill
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Magpie-lark
Common Mynah
Welcome Swallow
Curlew Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

September 21, 2009

Adams Reserve Bird Photography 090917

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Adams Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 17th September, 2009, pm.

The Adams Travelling Stock Reserve is nine kilometres to the south from the Borah Creek Reserve or is 11 kilometres north of Borah Crossing. The reserve has excellent remnants of Grassy White Box trees and an understorey of native scrub like Acacia deanei and Acacia decora. This website has some good information about the bird routes of the Manilla district.

That afternoon, after I found a good place to camp near a dry creek bed, I went for a wander around to see what I could find. It seemed like it was relatively quiet but I ended up seeing quite a few different birds. The most exciting bird that I saw was a Fuscous Honeyeater, which I had never seen before, as far as I know. There were Brown Treecreepers, White-browed Scrubwren, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Eastern Shrike-tit.

Fuscous Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)

When I came back to my camp, I just sat down and let them come to me. I was really tired. Quite a few birds came to visit me, so it was not such a bad idea. I saw a Grey Shrike-thrush, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and an Olive-backed Oriole sang me some beautiful songs as the sun went down.

In the morning it started to rain, so I packed up the camp and got the heck out of there. I did not want to get bogged in the red mud. I have done that before and it is not a pleasant experience at all.

Adams Reserve bird list 17/0/09

Brown Treecreeper
White-browed Scrubwren
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Eastern Shrike-tit
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-browed Finch
Red-winged Parrot
Grey Shrike-thrush
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Olive-backed Oriole
Australian Raven
Galah
Australian Magpie
Noisy Miner

September 20, 2009

Borah Creek Bird Photography 090917

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Borah Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 17th September, 2009. am.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)

In the morning there were more owl calls before dawn. I could also hear some young goats up in the mountain. I had breakfast and went wandering towards the sun which had not come up over Mount Borah yet. The Willy Wagtails were out and about as well as a couple of Eastern Rosella. Once again, there were very many White-plumed Honeyeaters making lots of noise. The ubiquitous Superb Fairy-wren made an appearance, of course.

I was on a flat grassy section when this Turquoise Parrot appeared right in front of me. I snapped away madly. They are extremely beautiful birds. Here is the female bird.

female Turquoise Parrot
female Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)

The male Turquoise Parrot has a much brighter fluororescent face and a red patch on the wing.

male Turquoise Parrot
male Turquoise Parrot

I flushed a few quail in the grass as I was walking through it. I was hoping that I might get a photo of one, so I trod very slowly and carefully after that. Suddenly one appeared at the edge of the clearing, pecking at the ground and then scurrying off towards the other side of the clear patch. Luckily I had the presence of mind to take some photos of it, which did not turn out so good, anyway. 🙁

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

Along the creek I spotted a Diamond Firetail, some Red-browed Finch, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Olive-backed Oriole and this Little Friarbird.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Back at my camp I had a resident Fan-tailed Cuckoo whose territory I must have invaded because it was calling all day. I did manage to see some young Dusky Woodswallows as well.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

Borah Reserve bird list 17/9/09

Sacred Kingfisher
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Brown Treecreeper
Peaceful Dove
Turquoise Parrot
Dusky Woodswallow
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Quail
Hooded Robin
Red-browed Finch
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-browed Scrubwren
Olive-backed Oriole
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Little Friarbird
Diamond Firetail
Noisy Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Rosella

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