Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 23, 2013

The Barry Way

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 5:20 am

Snowy Mountains

This weekend I escaped from the hordes by going along The Barry Way which goes from Jindabyne and skirts the Snowy Mountains to Buchan in Victoria and goes down to Cann River, on the eastern coast of Victoria. It is a very rugged road with some wild country and no people. I saw two people the whole weekend.

Pied Currawong
Pied Currawong

The road turns to dirt pretty quickly and winds down some very steep hills. I stopped at Jacob’s River and set up camp there.

Jacob's River
My camp at Jacob’s River.

In the morning a mob of Brown Treecreepers invaded my camp and pecked around me less than a meter away at times. They were very tame and not frightened at all. The Superb Fairy-wrens did the same and were pecking around my feet at times.

Brown Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)

I went for a walk that morning and spotted some Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters having a feed in the eucalyptus trees.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)

There were also quite a few Eastern Yellow Robin.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

And Speckled Warblers as well as quite a few thornbills that I could not identify.

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)

On the way back, I stopped at the Wallace Craigie Lookout which is at 894 meters. The clouds were rolling in underneath the peaks and I was driving up through the mist to get my head above the clouds.

Wallace Craigie Lookout
Wallace Craigie Lookout

I had been thinking that all these boulders around the area were glacial moraines, but according to the tourist bureau, they were weathered igneous rocks such as granite, that contained a lot of feldspar and quartz.

Monaro boulders
Monaro boulders

Snowy Mountain Birds

Pied Currawong
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) or Australasian Grebe – non-breeding ??
Eurasian Coot
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)
White-throated Treecreeper
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Raven
White-backed Magpie

June 10, 2013

Thredbo River

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 10:07 am

Kosciusko National Park Birding.

The Thredbo River marks the start of the Kosciusko National Park going up the road to Perisher Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 900 meters and is the beginning of Montane forest, drey sclerophyll forest. There are supposed to be platypus and echidna along the river but I did not see any. There were some massive wombat holes but they did not come out that I saw.

Eastern Shrike-tit
Eastern Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)

I was not expecting to see many birds at all and I was quite surprised to see a few Eastern Shrike-tit ripping into the bark looking for insects and bugs. I have seen them before in dry outback areas.

c3e-3251
Frosty native plant

It was freezing cold and there was frost everywhere.

Fishing for Trout
Fishing for trout

It was the last weekend before the trout season was over. I saw quite few trout being caught along the river, both Rainbow and Brown Trout. Nice eating, yum..

White-throated Treecreeper
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)

There were quite a few White-throated Treecreepers around and I saw both male and females. This one is a male, without the red patch on the cheek.

Scarlet Robin
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

The Scarlet Robin is such a beautiful bird. They were hopping around from branch to branch in a clearing.

Thredbo River bird list

Blackbird
Superb Fairy-wren
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) female
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus) female
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Raven

June 7, 2013

Monaro Birds

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 2:35 am

ACT to Monaro Birding.

Approaching Canberra, the national capital, I stopped off at Rowe’s Lagoon for the afternoon. There were heaps of Purple Swamphens and a couple of Grey Teals but not much else.

Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

White-backed Magpie
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)

The next day I stopped at Numeralla for the night and was quite surprised to see some southern race tyranica of Australian Magpies, the White-backed Magpie. I thought they would be in Victoria. Before Canberra were the nominate race, tibicen, and then near Cooma there were race tyranica. This one is an adult male.

White-backed Magpie
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)

This is probably a juvenile or a female White-backed Magpie. They are not so clean but have a mottley grey back and a scraggly front.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

This Black-shouldered Kite had a nest right near the rest area. It was roosting near the river in the evening and was there again the next morning.

Monaro Birds list

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
Crimson Rosella
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)
Australian Raven
Grey Currawong
Magpie-lark
Purple Swamphen
Grey Teal
Black-fronted Dotterel
Welcome Swallow
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Nankeen Kestrel

June 5, 2013

Southern Highland Birds

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 2:18 am

Goulburn Birding.

I stopped at a rest area just before Goulburn on the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It is the start of winter so there are not many birds around.

adult Crimson Rosella
adult Crimson Rosella (Platycerus elegans elegans)

Crimson Rosella (Platycerus elegans elegans) adult and juvenile. The adult is fully crimson, while the juvenile has green patches.

Crimson Rosella - juvenile
juvenile Crimson Rosella (Platycerus elegans elegans)

There were lots of Crimson Rosellas feeding underneath the pine trees in the park. The last time I was here a couple of years ago, there were lots of Grey Currawongs.

Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

As well as a Grey Shrike-thrush, there was a mob of Brown Thornbills screeching around the bare poplar trees next to the highway.

Goulburn bird list

Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Crimson Rosella (Platycerus elegans elegans)
Australian Magpie

Powered by WordPress