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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South-west Coast

Portland and Port Fairy

Point Danger Portland is the only Australasian Gannet colony on the mainland of Australia. The breeding season is from August to March.

Australasian Gannet colony
Gannet Colony

The fledglings can then fly and migrate west and return in 3 or 4 years. Australasian Gannets feed on small sea-fish, diving into a school of fish one after the other like dive bombers.

Australasian Gannet
adult Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Griffith Island, Port Fairy is a breeding place for Short-tailed Shearwaters. Unfortunately they had all left so I was too late. doh!

Crow vs Mutton Bird
Crow eating a Short-tailed Shearwater.

Port Fairy fishing boat
Fishing boat

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South Australia – Victoria

Port Macdonnell to Cape Bridgewater

Port Macdonnell is primarily a cray fishing port.

Port Macdonnell
Port Macdonnell

I met one of the lobster fisherman repairing his sonar gear and he said they are going alright now. They send most of their crays live to China and they are getting $80 a kilo for them. Good luck to them.

cray boat
Cray fishing boat.

There were lots of Musk Ducks at Nelson on the Glenelg River. I think I saw one of them scoffing down a pipi.

Musk Duck
Musk Duck

I went for a river cruise up the Glenelg River. $30 I paid. Pretty good value I reckon.

Glenelg River
Limestone cliffs on edge of Glenelg River

At Cape Bridgewater I went to see the blowhole which was lame as. meh! The petrified forest was a bit better. One in Cervantes WA is a lot better.

petrified forest
Petrified Forest

Good bunch of wind turbines on the hills here. They work good i reckon.

wind turbine
Wind turbine

There was a good swell running but the beach at Cape Bridgewater was not really handling it very well.

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Cape Bridgewater

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South-east South Australia

Kingston to Mount Gambier.

I am still in South Australia heading east towards Victoria. I saw this Echidna come out of the bush at the conservation park at Kingston. I think someone from the house in front had left the bucket of water for the Echidna.

Echidna
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Here is a side-on shot showing the snout.

Echidna
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The great Southern Ocean out the back of Beachport with a bit of swell running. It is wild.

Southern Ocean
Southern Ocean

And some limestone cliffs over the sea at Southend.

Southend
Southend

The Blue Lake crater, at Mount Gambier was formed about 4500 years ago. It was created by explosive eruptions depositing layers of ash. The Lake is flat bottomed with an average depth of 70 meters.

Blue Lake
Blue Lake

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The Coorong

South Australia

The Coorong is a long stretch of water from the mouth of the Murray River east towards Victoria.

Emu
Emu

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

The Coorong
The Coorong.

camp at Coorong
Selfie at Camp on Coorong

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Narrung – South Australia

Lake Alexandrina.

Narrung is at the entrance between two lakes – Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert. It is near the start of the Coorong and is a very nice place to stop for a while.

Silvereye
Silvereye

Banded Stilt
Banded Stilt

Water Rat
Water Rat

Elegant Parrot
Elegant Parrot

Elegant Parrot
Elegant Parrot

White-fronted Chat
White-fronted Chat

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite

Narrung Ferry
Narrung Ferry

murray ferry

Fleurieu Peninsula

South Australia.

I crossed the Murray River at Tailem Bend on the ferry.

ferry across the murray
Ferry across the Murray River.

After stopping the night at Langhorne Creek, I drove down to Goolwa. They have cruises to the Coorong from here. I am not sure if I will do it because they are a bit expensive. We shall see.

old wood boat
Old Wooden boat

There were a couple of old boats around the wharf at Goolwa. and a paddle-wheel steamer.

paddle-wheel steamer
Paddle-wheel steamer

The surf is flat, I was hoping to get photos of some decent surf but it is onshore slop. yugh..

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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)

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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