wedge-tailed eagle


Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae – hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) Brahminy More »

hyottoko mask

Japanese Cultural Night #2

Saturday Night Live. Last night I went out to the second Japanese Cultural Night at the Ski-jo up the road(Furano, Hokkaido, Japan). The last one was a few weeks ago so I More »

ski furano

Furano Skiing 3

Skiing at the Furano Zone. I woke up this morning an looked out the window and there was about ten centimeters of fresh snow on the cars. Which was a very good More »


On to Hokkaido

Arrived in Furano. I am so tired. My eyelids are drooping and my shoulders feel like the weight of the world is upon them. My head feels heavy and I am almost More »

oasis hummingbird

Best Bird of the Year 2010

Best Bird of 2010 I saw a post on 10,000 birds about the best bird of 2010 so I was curious as to what defines the “best” bird of the year. I More »

Pacific Gull

2010 Birding Photography Retrospective

2010 Looking Back Well here we go again. Another year bites the dust. I can remember doing my Overview of 2009 just like it was yesterday. The new year of 2010 started More »

la hoya skiing

South America Overview

South America I flew into Buenos Aries from Sydney after a horrendous 14 hour flight. It took me a few days to readjust my body clock. Meanwhile I was really enjoying going More »

Snowy Egret

More Chicama Surf, Birds

More Surfing and Birds at Chicama, Peru. This morning after my surf at Chicama, I saw an Egret down on the rocks below the hostel. I had seen a couple of them More »

American Oystercatcher

El Chaco, Paracas NP

El Chaco Birding. El chaco is the town and port at the entrance to Paracas Nature Reserve in Southern Peru. This morning after I arrived here, I went for a walk along More »

Andean Lapwing

Bird of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia. The Puna Teal is found on the Andean altiplano. Its Chilean name is Pato puna. They have a black cap that extends to below the eyes. More »


Point n Shoot

Central West, NSW.

Here are some photos from my Lumix point and shoot. It is a very cheap camera and handy for taking touristy scenery shots. It fits in the pocket and I just leave it on Automatic and press the button when I see something on my walks.

gum swamp
Gum Swamp

This is Gum Swamp at Forbes. There are a few White-bellied Sea-eagles nesting out in the middle in a big tree.

lake wyangan panorama
Lake Wyangan panorama.

The panorama feature on the Lumix is quite handy. I use this the most.

Lake Wyangan
Lake Wyangan

No wind, blue skies. Late afternoon glass-off. The wake-boarders loved it!

canola field
Canola Field

I love the colour of the canola fields. I cannot stop taking photos of them. The yellow and blue are complementary colours as well. Bonus!


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Narrandera Wetlands.

Once again at the Narrandera Wetlands. In the late afternoon I saw the Water Rat again. The Water Rat or Rakali, is an Australian native rodent which lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Water Rat
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Making more mistakes again. Mis-identifying these Yellow-rumped Thornbills for Yellow Thornbills. But the stripes on the forehead give them away. They are the largest thornbill with a white eyebrow, black crown with white spots, pale eye and bright yellow rump.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

The Yellow Rosella is also known as the Murray Smoker or Murrumbidgee Lowry. feeds on eucalyptus blossoms of Red River Gums on floodplain forests along the mid-Murray, lower Murrumbidgee and Lachland and Darling Rivers. They are pale yellow in colour with a red forehead, blue cheeks and shoulders, and a blue tail

Yellow Rosella
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

This Yellow-billed Spoonbill is in breeding plumage with a fine black line edging the pale grey facial skin, longer breast-plumes, and dark lacy plumes from the inner wing.

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


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Narrandera Common and Wetlands.

I went to the Narrandera Commons first. It is a big chunk of bush right next to the Murrumbidgee River. I camped there overnight and slept under the stars. Very nice. In the afternoon I got one decent shot of a male Superb Parrot. Apparently it is there a bit early as I was told by the locals that they do not get here until September or October and they nest in November.

Superb Parrot
Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

I think this is a juvenile Little Friarbird. At first glance it is easy to mistake them for the Blue-faced Honeyeater but it soon becomes apparent what they really are.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

This is the Crimson Rosella, race flaveolus. Commonly called the Yellow Rosella. They are quite common down south towards Victoria. They have a few other local names but I have forgotten them. doh!

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

A Yellow-billed Spoonbill up a tree. I was going to say how unusual it was to see them up trees, but I think I remember seeing them heaps like this.

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

Some Variegated Fairy-wrens playing around in the bullrushes.

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)


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Fivebough Swamp.

Once again back to Fivebough Swamp. There was not much water and very few birds. Luckily I got some shots of some Red-kneed Dotterels, which was good. I thought they were Hooded Plovers at first but now I have had a good look at the book, I realised my mistake. doh!

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

And a Whistling Kite was being harassed by a mob of crows.

Whistling Kite and Crow
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) and Australian Raven


Griffith Birding 2014

Lake Wyangan.

At last some photos of birds. I had been waiting for ages to take some photos of the Australian Ringnecks around the parks of Griffith. I just never got the camera out at the right time. They seem to come around the main park in Griffith town and at the picnic area out at Lake Wyangan.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

There are quite a few races of Australian Ringneck and the nominate race has a distribution around South Australia. This one is the Eastern Ringneck or the Mallee Ringneck, race barnardi. They have a red patch above the eyes and a yellow band on the stomach, as well as a yellow band on the back.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

Spotted Harrier
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I got quite a surprise seeing this circling high up over the lake. I thought it was a Whistling Kite at first but after a good look at the under wings and the patch on the face, I concluded this must be a juvenile Spotted Harrier.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigragularis)

This is an immature bird.


Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator.

I have been watching the Gannets diving off the rocks at Forster for a couple of days but the weather has been rainy and dark. So this morning the sun was out and so was my camera. I had been wanting to get some shots of the Gannets diving. One of the most difficult things to photograph in my humble opinion.

Australasian Gannet
juvenile Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

The first few dives I tried to follow focus with the back-focus button held in but that did not seem to work. Mainly because there was a lot of background crap such as buildings and hills and breakwaters. Eventually I just followed with the focus until they dived and then let my finger off the focus button and hoped that I was in the general depth-of-field.

Australasian Gannet dive
Australasian Gannet Going into the dive

Australasian Gannet
Australasian Gannet adjusting in dive

Australasian Gannet
plop! into the water

Australasian Gannet
Back into flight

pelagic birds

Newcastle to Forster Birds

Newcastle to Great Lakes.

I could not work out what this next bird was. I have no experience in identifying pelagic birds, plus these birds were a fair way away so I could not get a good look at them close up. Could be Black Petrel or Sooty Shearwater at a very rough guess.

Petrel or Shearwater ?
Petrel or Shearwater ?

The Kookaburras stole one of my sandwiches again at the lake at Pacific Palms again! I had my eye on two of them up on a branch then a third one snuck behind me and grabbed my Nutella and jam sandwich right out of my hand.

Laughing Kookaburra
One of the culprits.

Laughing Kookaburra
Thieving Kookaburra eating my lunch.

The crows came along later and cleaned up the leftovers.

Australian Raven
Australian Raven

king parrots

Burning Mountain Birding

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve.

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve conserves one of the only Australian examples of an underground naturally burning coal seam. It is currently burning approximately 30 meters below ground, moving in a southerly direction at just over one meter per year.

Burning Mountain
Burnt-out section of bush

Kangaroo Thorn (Acacia paradoxa). This shrubby wattle bites the unwary with its modified spiny leaves which produce typical golden wattle blossoms from August to October.

Kangaroo Thorn
Kangaroo Thorn (Acacia paradoxa).

male Spotted Pardalote
male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

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

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Borah Creek #2

Travelling Stock Route.

This is the second chapter of the Borah Creek saga because I just took too many photos! I will keep this one brief because I did not take any notes and the last couple of days are a blur.

kangaroo/wallaroo ?

I have no idea what type of kangaroo this is. It might be a wallaroo.

brown treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper

red-winged parrot
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erthropterus)

Big ole jet air-liner

skink ?
Skink ?

blue-faced honeyeater

Borah Creek Birding

Travelling Stock Route.

Travelling along the Borah Road, I screech to a halt to photograph a lizard on the road. I go close and it still does not move. It must have really low batteries and is recharging on the hot bitumen.


I stop at Adams Reserve. There are mushrooms everywhere after the wet weather. I think of Dawnie and take a few photos of the mushrooms for her. There is not much there except a few honeyeaters and some Double-barred Finches.

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

I arrive at the Borah Creek Reserve and set up camp, avoiding under the trees. There are branches dropping everywhere. These old trees are dangerous.

Red-winged Parrot
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erthropterus)

I go for a walk up the creek about four in the afternoon but it is pretty quiet. A few Black-fronted Dotterel are on the gravel bars. There is lots more water in the creek than usual. There has been lots of rain and everything is green. I come back and pitch the tent. It is nice sleeping in a tent. I leave the flaps open, there is plenty of room to stretch out and watch the stars and moon.

Turquoise Parrot
Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)

Next morning I get up and head up the hill towards the sun. There are a few surprises – Turquoise Parrot and Red-winged Parrot. Later on, I come across a mob of birds – Superb Fairy-wrens, Double-barred Finches, Red-browed Finches , Diamond Firetails, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Sitellas and Willy wagtails. They all seem to hang together and move on with each other.

Varied Sitella
Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera

In the afternoon there are not many birds around. I wash my clothes and have a bath in the creek. The water is nice and cold. It is still pretty hot in the middle of the day.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter

I cook some toast and soak some dried peas for dinner. I might have cous cous and curried peas for dinner tonight.

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

There are no raptors at all. I have not seen one yet. It is very unusual. I think I heard an owl up the hill during the night. (On the way out I saw a few Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed Eagles).

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

Borah Creek bird list, April 2014.

Grey Teal
White-faced Heron
Black-fronted Dotterel
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Red-rumped Parrot
Australian King-Parrot
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Turquoise Parrot (Neophem pulchella)
Eastern Rosella
Laughing Kookaburra
Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
White-plumed Honeyeater
Eastern Yellow Robin
Jacky Winter (Microcea fascinans)
Rufous Whistler
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
White-winged Chough
Welcome Swallow
Common Starling
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)
Red-browed Finch
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)
Australian Raven
Nankeen Kestrel
Wedge-tailed Eagle