wedge-tailed eagle

Raptors

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

kobe

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 »

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Mallee Highway

New South Wales to South Australia.

Going to South Australia via the Mallee Highway. It is the quickest route from New South Wales to Adelaide so they tell me. I started off at Balranald after working a few months in Griffith.

Western Grey ?
Western Grey Kangaroo ?

I think this may be a western grey but I am not sure. Will have to get some ID confirmation from the experts..

Striated Pardalote
Striated Pardalote

I crossed the Murray River at Tooleybuc, did a couple of dog legs and then I was onto the Mallee Highway. It is just mile after mile of red sand and wheat fields.

Wheat stubble on the Mallee
Wheat stubble on the Mallee

After a few towns such as Ouyen, they all started to look the same after a while. Now they are just a blur. But it is a quiet highway and there are not heaps of people around.

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite

Not sure what this is, maybe some kind of grassbird. Will ask the experts again.

ID please
grassbird ?

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Cocoparra February

Cocoparra National Park.

These photos are from about a month ago. I thought it was about time I processed and posted them. doh!

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

I do not have my book with my so I am waiting for some ID. These might be Speckled Warblers or something. And there is a young one there as well.
Thanks to Australian Bird ID facebook group, I think it is a Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans). The streaks on the baby threw me a bit.
ID needed
Adult and baby

ID needed
not sure yet. probably a baby?

pardalote
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)

Not sure which pardalote yet. I have to have a look at the internet for an ID. It does not have the red spot above the eye, so whatever one that is, that is it. doh! The spot over the eye gives it away. It is actually an orange spot over the eye. Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), juvenile.

wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Aquila audax

I got stuck about 30 kilometers north of Jerilderie because of a broken fan belt so I had to call the NRMA to tow me back into Jerilderie and wait all day for the parts to get freighted from Shepparton. Finally I got away after 5pm. And just after the turn-off to Kidman Way, I spotted a Wedgie on a tree by the side of the road.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

So I stops and he flies off down the road a ways and settles on another tree. I follow him and he flies off again but luckily he circles me so I could get a few photos of him. I think it is an immature bird. Immature and sub-adult Wedge-tailed Eagles are browner and patchier than dark adults.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

restless flycatcher

Barham

Murray River Birding

From Nathalia, I had to go to Echuca for some administrative fuck-ups and so I went over the border to New South Wales and circled back to the Murray River. I camped on the side of the Murray overlooking Barham in Victoria.

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

There were a heap of Restless Flycatchers on the side of the water, about five in all I think. This is an adult one.

juvenile Restless Flycatcher
juvenile Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

This is a juvenile. You can tell by the scrap of colour on the chest.

Yellow Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”

Sub-species flaveolus is generally found around the Riverina and Murry River.

Barham Bird list

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”
Superb Fairy-wren
White-plumed Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Willy Wagtail

Long-billed Corella

Victoria

Victoria Birding

I have been working down in the South-west Districts of Victoria for a month and am now headed north back into New South Wales. Here are some random photos. Streatham, South-west Districts, Victoria.

Crested Shrike-tit
Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)

Barwon Heads , along the Barwon River.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater(Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Elmore. Runnymede Rest Area.

Long-billed Corella
Long-billed Corella (Cacatuta tenuirostris)

Brown Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)

emu

Cocoparra National Park 15-3

Riverina Birding

This is part 2 of the birding tales from the Cocoparra National Park. Last weekend. Only a day late. I have been so busy today. I should get this done before the library shuts.

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

I did not expect to see this bird. A lucky mistake.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostamus superciliosus)

This White-browed Babbler was collecting sticks for its nest which was in a tree in the middle of the creek.

White-browed Babbler nest
White-browed Babbler nest

immature Grey Butcherbird
immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

This is a very young Grey Butcherbird but it still sung a very beautiful song.

Masked Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)

Someone made a big mistake naming these and the Black-faced Woodswallows. Just remember to reverse them.

White-browed Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

Cocoparra National Park bird list

Australian ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi) Mallee Ringneck , race barnardi.
White-winged Chough
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostamus superciliosus)
white-winged triller (Lalage tricolor)
immature grey shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Red Wattlebird
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Peaceful Dove
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocepha leucopsis)
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Striped Honeyeater (Plectrhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Restless Flycatcher
Emu
immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Pied Butcherbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

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Cocoparra National Park 15-2

Riverina Birding.

Well here I am back in Cocoparra National Park after about two weeks. It is a lot drier now. There is only a couple of puddles of water in the creeks and all the small plant growth is dry and brittle.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)

I spent most of my time in the camping ground just going up and down the fire-trail. There were quite a few birds near the main track.

Southern Whiteface (Aphelocepha leucopsis)

These photos are from the first couple of days and the rest will come in the next post. There are too many photos for a single blogging.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler

butterfly on pattersons curse
Butterfly on Patterson’s Curse

I went for a walk to the dam and then onto the Ironbark picnic area. Quite a few birds around that area. I even got a photo of a coloured up Crimson Chat which I did not notice until processing the photos this morning. Too bad it is a bit soft. doh!

White-browed Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

Peaceful Dove
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placidus)

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)

paper daisy

Cocoparra National Park 2015

Riverina Birding.

The first stop at Cocoparra National Park was Jack’s Creek. I saw lots of Bees – European bees around a hive as well as native bees. A Rufous Whistler, some
White-winged Choughs, and a few obligatory Willy Wagtail. Not much else. Next stop was Woolshed Flat. There was Lots of Patterson’s Curse plus some wild flowers (to be identified).

bar-shouldered dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

There were not as many birds around as usual even though the country was a lot greener.

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)

This Chestnut-rumped Thornbill was bringing bugs back to the nest .

Red flower
Red Flower

This is possibly some type of Oriental Poppy. Still waiting for further confirmation. There was Patterson’s Curse everywhere. More than I have ever seen before. Must have had something to do with the good winter rains.

Butterfly on flower
Butterfly on yellow flower

Thanks to the plant ID group of New South Wales Facebook group for the ID’s. This is Xerochrysum viscosum, a common daisy native to Australia. It is also known as Sticky Everlasting, Yellow Paper Daisy, Shiny Everlasting.

Bee on Purple Flower
Bee on Purple Flower

This is an opium poppy.

Bee on yellow flower
Bee on yellow Flower

black-tailed godwit

Backpacker Birding Bangladesh

Birding in Bangladesh.

This is my research for a trip I hope to make to Bangladesh sometime in the future. Fingers crossed! In October 2014 A$1 ~= 68 Taka (tk). (Updating September 2015).

Dhaka

Suhrawardi and Ramna Parks ? River trips – eg Contic via Turag River.
Hotels : Old Dhaka: Hotel Sugandha, Grameen , 24 Nawabpur Rd, tk 120.
Hotel Al-Razzaque International , 29/1 North-South Rd, tk400.

Jahangirnagar University 32km from Dhaka.

Bhawal National Park is located at Rajendrapur, one hour north of Dhaka. On way to Mymensingh.

Mymensingh has a botanical gardens.
Nirula Hotel, Chowk Bazar, tk200.
Hotel Hera, 36/B S. K. Moharaja Road, tk500.

Madhupur National Park.
Bus from Mymensingh to Tangail. Bus to Pocheesh Mile. Rickshaw to Pirgacha village.
Stay at Pirgacha Mission, 0171 3003523 , tk100.

Darter
Darter

Khulna Division.

Khulna – trip to Sundarbans?
Khulna Hotels: Society Hotel, Helatala Rd, tk100. Hotel Arcadia, Khan A Sabar Rd, tk250.
Hotel Park, 46 K.D. Ghosh Road, Tk150-750.

Mongla – day trips to Karamjal Forest Station – Jahangir Enterprises, Mr Emdad and Mr Sobhan.
Stay: Hotel Bangkok, Main Rd, tk200. Hotel Singapore, tk 100.

Barisal Division.

Barisal – Hotel Ababil, East Bogura Rd, tk100. Paradise Hotel, Hospital Rd, tk250.
Village of Madhabpasa, 10km to NW of Barisal has a lake with birds.

Kuakata is a beach 100km from Barisal. Nearby Forestry Reserve. Hire fisherman to take you to nearby forested islands.
Stay: Hotel Sunrise, tk100.
Hotel Banani Palace. tk1000.

Osprey
Osprey.

Chittagong Division.

Chittagong – Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Kattali Beach.
Silver Inn Hotel, Station Rd, tk300.
Hotel Miskha, Station Rd, tk300.
Asian SR Hotel – 291 Station Road, Phone : +880-31-636383, Mobile: 01711889555, Website: www.asiansrhotel.com, Email: info@asiansrhotel.com – luxury for $15.

Rangamati – boat trip to Kaptai Lake. Stay: Hotel Golden Hill, tk200. Hotel Lake View, tk200.

Bandarban stay: Hillside Resort, tk500. Hotel Greenhill, tk100. Hotel Purabi, tk100. .

Cox’s Bazar stay: Hotel New United International, Bangabandu rd, tk100. Hotel Panowa, tk200.
Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sonadia Island. Maheshkali Island.

Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal. Travel by bus to Noakhali, and then to Chaiman Ghat where you get the launch to Hatiya Island, landing at Nolchira Ghat. Stay in local accomodation on the island, and charter a boat.

St Martins Island – budget guesthouses along the main road such as Hotel Sea Heart, Bay of Bengal Guesthouse, Coast Guesthouse, Hotel Sadek, Oceanview and Coral Reef Guesthouse – tk1000-1500.

Khagrachhari – Hotel Jiran – Tk. 350-500.

Baillon's Crake
Baillon’s Crake

Sylhet Division.

Sylhet stay: Hotel Abu Humza near main bus terminal tk500.
Hotel Asia, Bandar Bazar, tk100. Hotel East End, Telihaor Rd, tk200.

Sunamganj – 70kms west of Sylhet. Birdwatching in haors(wetlands) upstream.

Srimangal stay: Hotel Taj Mahal, Dhaka-Sylhet Rd, tk100. Hotel United, tk100.

Lowacherra National Park, 8km east of Srimangal. catch bus.
Green Valley Guest House, South Baligaon (Boter Thol), Bhanugach . tk1500.

Satchari National Park , 60km SW of Srimangal, get Dhaka-Sylhet bus.

Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, near Satchari.

Baikka Beel, is a protected part of the Hail Haor wetland complex. Start from Srimongol. Hire a CNG at station road, standard is 400taka for taking you to the Beel, waiting there for two hours while you watch birds and bringing you back to the town. boat ride ~30tk.

Trip Report

yellow rosella

Narrandera Wetlands

Riverina Birding.

The Narrandera Wetlands are on the edge of town and by the Murrumbidgee River. The local people have done a wonderful job rehabilitating the site, getting rid of exotic plants and replacing them with native trees and bushes.

Australian Magpie in nest
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Amazingly these magpies did not swoop me. As is per usual with these birds during spring. Notice the bits of string and assorted crap that make up the nest.

Yellow Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

The Yellow Rosella is a sub-species or race flaveolus of the Crimson Rosella. Unless they have changed the taxonomy, with which I am way out of date.

Grey Teal
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)

These were about the only water-birds on the pond. Probably there was too much water because of recent rains.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa)

Lot of these little fellas flitting around the bushes. I also saw Little Friarbirds and Noisy Friarbirds. Not much else.