Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 14, 2013

Fivebough Swamp

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Leeton.

Last night I headed off to Leeton for the week-end. There were thunder-storms all over the place later that night with flashing lightning and thunder. In the morning it cleared up nice and sunny. There were not a great variety of birds at the swamp, mainly Purple Swamphens and thousands of ducks.

Swamp Harrier
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

September 12, 2013

Goodbye Snowy Mountains

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Kosciusko National Park.

This was my last walk along the Pallaibo track at the Thredbo River Picnic Area, where the Thredbo River crosses the road to Perisher Valley. The weather has really warmed up now, the day before yesterday it was 29 degrees Celsius. And today it has got cold again. The weather has gone crazy.

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Here is a Great Cormorant fishing in the river with full on breeding plumage.

Swamp Wallaby
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

I have not seen any Swamp Wallabies all winter and here they all are, feeding on the grass as if they had been there all the time. I wonder where they had all been hiding for the winter?

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

I came across this nest and found a Brown Falcon in the nest.

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

Later I found the pair on a dead tree overlooking the valley of the Thredbo River. Could this one be a rufous morph?

Birds of the Snowy Mountains

Great Cormorant
Brown Falcon
Blackbird
Willy Wagtail
Superb Fairy-wren
Laughing Kookaburra

September 6, 2013

Spring at Thredbo River

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Kosciusko National Park.

It is spring time along the Thredbo River. The weather has turned very warm and all the birds are coming out of the wood-work. There are a lot more birds now after the freezing cold of winter.

Scarlet Robin
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

The Scarlet Robins have been around all winter because they are a high altitude bird. There are a few more young ones around too.

White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus lunatus)

The White-naped Honeyeaters were hanging out with the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters (Lichenostomus chrysops) of which I did get a couple of photos but not very good ones.

Fuscous Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)

Fuscous Honeyeaters have a black and yellow stripe on the neck.

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

I saw a few of these about a month ago at Sawpit Creek.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

I do not know if these are young ones or if they are just huddling up for the night or just for comfort.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

A loner.

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

Grinding the scissors, as ever. I also saw an Echidna but could not get any decent shots as it was in the undergrowth, went to ground, curling up in a ball and was too close.

Birds of the Thredbo River

Laughing Kookaburra
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus lunatus)
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
Willy Wagtail
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
Golden Whistler
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow
Australian Magpie
Crimson Rosella
Whistling Kite
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
Eastern Yellow Robin
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck

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