Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 22, 2015

Fun and Games

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Mid-north Coast – New South Wales.

Fun and games on the mid-north coast of New South Wales in the past week or so. I saw a Brahminy Kite on the back beach of Saltwater National Park.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite

And there were a lot of terns and gannets diving in the water for fish. I get a bit wary when birds are working out at sea. I worry about what else might be feeding on the fish.

Crested Tern
Crested Tern

Further up the coast at Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills, there was a rainbow!

Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach

And a few kilometers up the road at Lake Cathie, this guy foolishly got his 4×4 stuck in the lake. The council gave him a fine because you are not supposed to drive in there.

Stuck in the sand
Stuck in the sand.

July 14, 2015

Increasing Swell

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Mid-north Coast Surfing.

A beach south of Forster on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Yesterday it was flat and the wind has been howling for days. The coldest snap in years. There is snow on the Great Dividing Range, roads are cut off in the mountains and snow is dumping on the resorts.

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Today the ground swell is starting to kick in. It usually does this after a prolonged period of strong westerly winds. Or it is the swell from the massive lows coming from the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

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July 10, 2015

Training the trotters

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Cessnock Showground

I stayed at Cessnock Showground for a couple of nights to get some repairs on my car. I was fascinated by the trotters who were stabled there and trained on the race-track. I do not know anything about horses and I think I have been to horse races maybe once in my life.

Trotter
Training the trotter

The boys took the trotters out in the morning and evening for training. They would do a couple of laps a bit slowly and then go flat out for a couple of laps. And then slow them down again before giving another couple of horses a run.

Training Trotters
And they are racing.

Trotting
Coming around the bend

July 6, 2015

Aerial Combat

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Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo vs Pied Currawong.

The Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos came down the valley, screeching their heads off. There must have been more than twenty of them and the noise was catastrophic. I am in the Peel Valley, at Swamp Creek Reserve, just near Nundle in the New South Wales Highlands. It is winter, early morning and it is freezing.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

They alight onto some trees but wherever they set down they are attacked by gangs of Pied Currawongs intent on defending their territory or they are just itching for a fight.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Settling down.

The Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos do not seem to be feeding but just like to fly around screaming their stupid heads off and making a nuisance of themselves.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Soaring high.

Then the Pied Currawong attacks in the air and it is on. A classic dog-fight with both combatants ducking and weaving.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo versus Pied Currawong
Engaging

Tail feathers are nipped and the intruders are driven off.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo vs Pied Currawong
Get out of here!

July 4, 2015

Woolomin Birding

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Woolomin Recreation Reserve , Peel River.

Woolomin is further along the Peel River going up the mountains towards Tamworth, just past Nundle and the Chaffey Dam. There are lots of excellent old gum trees on the reserve which is also part of a Travelling Stock Route.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher

Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet

Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet

White-plumed Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater

Australian King-Parrot
Australian King-Parrot

Woolomin Recreation Reserve Bird List

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Restless Flycatcher
Musk Lorikeet
Eastern Rosell
Australian King-Parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Olive-backed Oriole

Wallabadah and Nundle Birding

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Great Dividing Range.

The Wallabadah Cemetery is one of the bird routes in the Quirindi area in the Upper Hunter area of New South Wales. It is a common stop on the way up the mountains on the way to Tamworth.

Noisy Miners
Noisy Miner

There are always some Noisy Miners around here and I have found nests here in spring time.

Wallabadah Cemetery statue
Cemetery statue

There are a lot of old graves here and it is sobering to have a look around.

Australian King-Parrot
Australian King-parrot

Besides these parrots there were Musk Lorikeet and Red-rumped Parrots. I headed up the hill towards Nundle and along the Peel Rive a short way to the Swamp Creek Reserve. It was so cold here in the mornings.

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo

The black cockies were screeching their heads off in the afternoon along the mountain-sides.

Yellow Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove

Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill

Wallabadah and Nundle bird list

Yellow Thornbill
Pied Butcherbird
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
White-faced Heron
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Eastern Rosella
Pied Currawong
Double-barred Finch
Common Myna
Noisy Miner
Australian King-Parrot
Musk Lorikeet
Red-rumped Parrot

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