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 »

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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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Wallabadah and Nundle Birding

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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Saltwater National Park 2015

Mid-north Coast – New South Wales.

Back at Saltwater National Park, east of Taree on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. This place always has some great birds.

Green Catbird
Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris)

The range of the Green Catbird is New South Wales to Southern Queensland coastal regions up to Great Divide. They have a red eye with a strong whitish beck. I have been hearing them for a long time. They sound like a baby crying in the forest. And this is the first time I have actually seen one.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater ( Lichenostomus chrysops)

White-headed Pigeon
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

female Regent Bowerbird
female Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)

Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea)

juvenile Striated Heron
juvenile Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)

Saltwater National Park bird list

Spangled Drongo
Little Wattlebird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian Magpie
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australian Raven
Silver Gull
Pied Oystercatcher
Grey Shrike-thrush
Azure Kingfisher
Brown Thornbill
Brown Gerygone
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)
White-faced Heron
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
Green Catbird
Eastern Yellow Robin
Regent Bowerbird
Great Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Egret
Striated Heron
Australasian Figbird

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Whale Watching

Port Macquarie.

I went for a whale-watching ride this morning. Only forty bucks! It was a bargain. We saw heaps of whales. Plus an extra added bonus – an albatross. First time photographed. Not sure which one yet. The company is called Cruise Adventures and they operate from the wharf at the riverside at Port Macquarie. Highly recommended.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Humpback Whales are mammals – they breathe air, are warm-blooded and females suckle their young. Their scientific name is Megaptera novaeangliae. Our Humpback whales migrate north each winter along the east coast of Australia to the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail

The tail of the Humpback Whale has unique markings and these can be used by researchers to identify individual whales.

Humpback Whale fin
Humpback Whale fin

Humpback Whale breaching
Humpback Whale breaching

This is the nostril of the whale from which the “blow” is expelled. The whale has strong muscles attached to its diaphragm to propel as much air out of its lungs as possible.

Humpback Whale spout
Humpback Whale spout

Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail

This one is either a Shy Albatross or White-capped. Even the experts cannot tell them apart. doh!

Yellow-nosed Albatross
Shy Albatross or White-capped Albatross ?

I think this might be a Yellow-nosed Albatross. I am awaiting confirmation. Edit: Yes, this is a Yellow-nosed Albatross.

Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross (Diomedea chlororhynchos)

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Surfing Surfari

Crescent Head. Mid-north Coast. NSW

Crescent Head is twenty kilometers south-east of Kempsey on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Surfers have been coming here since the sixties and is now a Surfing Reserve.

Crescent Head 01
Classic shot

This is a classic pose so I chucked an old time filter on it. I think it suits it.

Crescent Head 05
Gidget

This is a great shot. Solid stance.

Crescent Head 04
Off the lip

A lot of crew ride longer boards and mini-mals.

Crescent Head 03
On the nose

A nice backhand stretch five. Classical pose.

Crescent Head 02
Tubed

It is actually quite hard to get in the tube at Crescent. This guy did well.

Racecourse Beach
Racecourse

South of Crescent, along a really bad dirt road is Racecourse Beach. Time to get away from the madding crowd.

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Baldwin Swamp

Bundaberg Queensland Birding.

This morning I stopped at what I thought was the headwaters of Baffle Creek, just north of Bundaberg. A lovely little creek but not much there except a Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo. I got a map from the tourist office and proceeded to Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park.

Square-tailed Kite
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura)

Not a bad spot right in the middle of town. There were lots of bush birds along with the standard water birds.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch (Taenopygia bichenovii)

And a colony of noisy squawking fruit bats.

fruit bats
Fruit Bat

This grebe looked quite artistic amongst all the weed.

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe

Bundaberg bird list

Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites basalis)
Spotted Turtle-dove
Peaceful Dove
White-naped Honeyeater
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Spangled Drongo
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Magpie
Willy Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Double-barred Finch
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Pacific Black Duck
Radjah Shelduck
Little Black Cormorant
Little Egret
Darter
Australasian Grebe
Australian Wood Duck
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura)

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Reg Tanna Park

Gladstone, Queensland.

Reg Tanna Park is just on the outskirts of Gladstone. I was going to the Botanic Gardens but they were having some sort of wanky ecofest so I got out of there quick smart. There was not much there but the birds were used to humans and allowed me to get real close to them and get some interesting shots.

Little Black Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrorax sulcirostris)

Darter
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)

Little Egret
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Gladstone bird list

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrorax sulcirostris)
Little Pied Cormorant
Dusky Moorhen
Pacific Black Duck
Australian White Ibis
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
Rainbow Lorikeet
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

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St Lawrence Wetlands

Central Queensland Birding.

I did not even know these wetlands were here. I just wanted to find a camp and the St Lawrence Wetlands were just behind the camp. I had no idea. I like it when I find really good things by accident.

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

And some more Cotton Pygmy-goose. They are more widespread than I thought since I first saw them at Mareeba Wetlands.

Cotton Pygmy-goose
Cotton Pygmy-goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)

There were thousands and thousands of Magpie Geese roosting in the billabongs. They made the worst racket at night time.

Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

I cannot stop taking photos of these beautiful birds.

Comb-crested Jacana
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

I have not seen these gorgeous birds for ages.

Golden-headed Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

And finally I have seen the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. I have been looking for these since Ingham. There were Double-barred Finches around as well which look a little bit similar, but not heaps the same. doh!

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)

St Lawrence bird list

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)
Double-barred Finch
Bar-shouldered Dove
Australian Pipit ?
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Sacred Kingfisher
Grey Fantail
Magpie-lark
Magpie Goose
Cotton Pygmy-goose
Caspian Tern ?
Australasian Grebe
Black Swan
Radjah Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Dusky Moorhen
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Masked Lapwing
Black-fronted Dotterel
Comb-crested Jacana
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Swamp Harrier
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby

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Carmila Beach and Clairview

Central Queensland Birding.

I stopped at Carmila Beach for a quick look but did not find much. There was a creek flowing into the beach. Just a couple of Red-capped Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit. I think it might be better for fishing here.

Carmila Beach
Carmila Beach estuary

Up the road at Clairview was a bit better. I saw these weird little fishes at the head of the creek where it flowed into the ocean. I have no idea what they are. Maybe poddy mullet.

fish
fish

There were a few more birds at Clairview around the mangroves and beach shrubbery. Quite a big mob of these Plum-headed Finch.

Plum-headed Finch
Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)

This Little Bronze-cuckoo was indeed very little. A lot smaller than the other cuckoos.

Little Bronze-cuckoo
Little Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites minutillus)

Back on the Bruce Highway, I screeched over to the side of the road whilst this pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles cavorted overhead.

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

Then on to St Lawrence, which is an entirely different story….

Carmila and Clairview bird list

Brahminy Kite
Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)
Little Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites minutillus)
Brown Honeyeater
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Red-capped Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit

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Point and Shoot

Random Tourist Photos.

These are my random tourist snaps from the point and shoot camera. I keep forgetting to process them so here they are all higgledy-piggledy. First up is an ant’s nest from around the border of South Australia and the Northern Territory. They have all these furry things around them that look really weird.

Ant nest
Furry ant’s nest

This is Emily Gap from the East Macdonnel Ranges, just near Alice Springs. There was one little puddle of water in the gap but I think most of the water flows underground.

Emily Gap
Emily Gap

Further north in the territory, near Three Ways, is the Devil’s Marbles.

Devil's Marbles
Devil’s Marbles

And here is a panorama shot of the Devil’s Marbles. The country all through the center is very dry and there has been no water for a long time.

Devil's Marbles
Devil’s Marbles panorama.

You can go on a cruise at the Daintree River to see a crocodile. The tide was all wrong when I was there so I gave it a miss. Daintree village is a very nice little place.

Daintree River
Daintree River.

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Muller’s Lagoon

Bowen Birding

Muller’s Lagoon is right in the center of Bowen, right next to the Woolworth’s shopping center. For a newcomer to Australia it would probably be a great place to see a lot of Australian water-birds. I did not seen anything except maybe a Radjah Shelduck but I cannot remember if I have seen one of these or not.

Radjah Shelduck
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)

A pair of Hardhead. Also called White-eyed Duck for obvious reasons.

Hardhead
Hardhead (Aythya australis)

I was quite surprised to see lots of Plumed Whistling-ducks.

Plumed Whistling-duck
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

I have not seen one of these for a while.

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

And a shot of the Nutmeg Mannikin with some decent light.

Nutmeg Mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulatus)

Muller’s Lagoon Bird List

Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Red-kneed Dotterel
Magpie Goose
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Plumed Whistling-duck
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Royal Spoonbill
Australasian Grebe
Crested Pigeon
Rainbow Lorikeet
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Rainbow Bee-eater
Pied Butcherbird
Nutmeg Mannikin