Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 31, 2013

Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Gillards Beach.

This is the second part of my photos from my trip to the beach. I did not have time to process them all yesterday so here they are in an extra bonus post.

Swamp Wallaby
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

On the fence right near my camp. This Eastern Whipbird, with three of his mates hung around my camp for a couple of days.

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

This is front on showing the chest. He looks a bit angry bird.

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

This one has got no tail. I have no idea why or how.

July 30, 2013

Tathra Birding

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Mogareeka.

I Headed down the mountain to the beach for some rest from the cold of the snow. There was not much sun but it was nice for a change. Tathra is about twenty kilometers from Bega, on the south coast of New South Wales.

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Kianinny Bay

Kianinny Bay is a very protected anchorage and boat ramp in Tathra. The water was crystal clear and there were a bunch of Silver Gulls and an Eastern Reef Egret, Grey Morph, hanging around where the fishermen were cleaning their catches.

Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

Eastern Reef Egret
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (Grey Morph)

Gillards Beach, Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Further north is Gillards Beach in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It is an isolated beach with some excellent camping sites right on the beach. I spent two nights here and had a very restful time. There were lots of macropods around, mainly small Swamp Wallabies and a few Eastern Grey Kangaroo.

Swamp Wallaby
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

The Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is also called the Black Wallaby or Black-tailed Wallaby. They have a distribution along most of the east coast of Australia.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) 3983

The Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) has an olive-green back, a black crest, long, broad tail with bold white cheeks to sides of neck. Normally they are very shy and are very hard to spot. But there were four of them around my camp and they would move around scattering leaves and not showing the least interest in me, except to bite me on the toe at one stage. One of them had a truncated tail, and I could not work out the reason for this.

Tathra bird list

Pied Oystercatcher
Australian Pelican
Great Egret
Silver Gull
White-faced Heron
Crested Tern
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian Raven
Little Wattlebird
White-backed Magpie
Magpie-lark
Chestnut Teal
Australian White Ibis
Pied Cormorant
Red-browed Finch
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (Grey Morph)
Great Cormorant
New Holland Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
White-browed Scrubwren
Grey Butcherbird
Black Swan
Eurasian Coot
Black-fronted Dotterel

July 26, 2013

Sawpit Creek Birding

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Kosciusko National Park.

Sawpit Creek is 1200 meters above sea level in Montane forested area. It is at a boundary between wet and dry sclerophyll forests. This is an area where snow falls but does not last.

White-eared Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)

The White-eared Honeyeater has a conspicuous white ear patch with a black face, chin and throat. They have bright olive-green upperparts and a yellowish-green abdomen (Simpson and Day).

Pied Currawong
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

The Pied Currawong has a hooked bill and yellow eyes. There is a prominent white patch on the wings. In the picnic areas around the national park, they have taken to stealing food from travellers. They stole a cheese sandwich from me. As soon as you turn your back on them, they are at your table, looking for anything to eat.

Brushtail Possum
Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Last night, at Thredbo Diggings camp, I managed a shot of a Brushtail Possum in the tree. They too, like to steal food from the campers at the picnic areas.

Sawpit Creek birds

Pied Currawong
Superb Fairy-wren
Crimson Robin
Australian Raven
White-backed Magpie
White-eared Honeyeater

July 25, 2013

Waste Point

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Kosciusko National Park.

Waste Point is just before the gates to the National Park going up the road to Perisher Valley. You turn off a couple of kilometers after the Thredbo River crossing. This morning was the coldest morning all winter I reckon. Someone later said it got to minus eight Celsius last night. There was frost everywhere.

Waste Point bush
The bush at Waste Point

There have been a few big bush-fires lately so the bush is pretty burnt out and there is not a lot of undergrowth and there are a lot of dead trees.

frosty bark
frosty bark

There was frost everywhere on the ground and gave me lots of chances to find some interesting textures.

icy soil
Frozen water in the soil

Frozen icicles were coming up out of the sand at the edge of the lake. It must have been all the moisture in the sand freezing into columns of crystal ice. It looked really weird.

Gaussian water
Water in the lake

And some water in the lake which seemed to extend into a gaussian infinity.

Creel  Bay
Lake Jindabyne panorama

A panorama of the Waste Point/Creel Bay area.

sand textures
Sand ripples

Some texture in the sand under the water.

July 13, 2013

Perisher Valley

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Camping out at Thredbo Diggings.

This morning it started raining. It is also raining up the mountain at Perisher Valley. They have been predicting rain for about three days and it finally arrived. Hopefully it turns to snow because this slush is not nice.

Front Valley
Front Valley

The other day we spotted a Wombat at the back of our camp. He just blundered along the edge of the clearing, heading up the hill.

Wombat
Wombat

This is my camp at the Thredbo Diggings, a couple of kilometers from the bottom of the skitube.
Thredbo Diggings
Thredbo Diggings.

And this is the skitube station at Perisher.

Skitube
Skitube

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