Yesterday the sun came out again. No new snow.
Looking towards Kutchan from up the top of Hirafu.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A Sunny Day.
Today it was a sunny day for a change. No new snow but at least the sun was out for a while. The wind was a bit chilly up the top of the mountain but down below it was ok. I took a few photos on my point and shoot. This was last night.
We took the hooded chair up to the top, then Ace number 4 and traversed across to Annupuri.
We did a few runs down below the quad chair. Then up the Annupuri Gondola to the top of the hill.
Then traverse back to Hirafu.
2014 in Review.
2014 was a pretty quiet year for photography for me. But here it is.
This one was taken at Lake Burrill on the South Coast of New South Wales.
Taken at Manilla on way to Borah Creek.
And this one at Borah Creek, west of Tamworth, NSW.
Forster, NSW. At the end of the Tuncurry breakwater.
Narranderah Common, Riverina area, NSW.
Jack’s Creek, Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, Riverina area, NSW.
Griffith Area Birds.
Here are some birds that I photographed on the shores of Lake Wyangan, near Griffith, in New South Wales.
This is a baby. See the white around the beak.
Lake Wyangan Birds
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
Swamp Harrier ( Circus approximans)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Cocoparra National Park.
Part two of my weekend trip to Cocoparra National Park. These first few are my remainders from Woolshed Flat. I got some decent shots of Southern Whiteface.
This one had a grasshopper and was bringing it into a hollow of a tree. Not sure if there was a nest in there or not.
The White-winged Choughs had a nice mud nest and the whole mob of them were screeching at me and trying to divert me from the nest.
The next morning I went to a water-hole but only seen a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) and a pair of Bar-shouldered Dove come down to have a drink.
On the way back out I saw a Blue Bonnet fly up from the side of the road.
Cocoparra National Park.
I spent the weekend at Cocoparra National Park, about thirty kilometers from Griffith, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It was relatively dry with no water in any of the creeks.
I think this is a tick but I just cannot remember. doh! This was up the gorge at Jack’s Creek.
At Woolshed Flat, just near my camp.
I thought these were Yellow-throated but no. Wrong again.
I did not expect to see these on the ground. They were feeding in the grass with they Yellow-rumped Thornbills.
Lots of these around.
Not sure if I have seen these before.
Cocoparra bird list
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphus)
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus)
I found this lizard under some bark along the Murrumbidgee River near the Euroley Bridge. I think it is some kind of gecko but have no idea which one. edit: Thanks to Aaron and Marlene for the ID. It was a Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).
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.
This is Gum Swamp at Forbes. There are a few White-bellied Sea-eagles nesting out in the middle in a big tree.
The panorama feature on the Lumix is quite handy. I use this the most.
No wind, blue skies. Late afternoon glass-off. The wake-boarders loved it!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Some Variegated Fairy-wrens playing around in the bullrushes.