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October 22, 2009

Barrington Tops Bird Photography Day 1 091019

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Barrington Tops Bird Photography, Day 1 – 19th October, 2009.

The drive to Gloucester was heaps longer than I had thought. We were nearly at Taree. At Gloucester I went to the Tourist Information office and asked how to get to Keripit Road, but no-one had an idea where it was. It was not on any of the maps at all. A nice man helped me out with information and gave me some maps so I could find my way around the mountains. I drove through Gloucester and took the Scone Road past the town of Barrington and headed up to the Copeland Tops.

I stopped at a fire trail and got out for a walk and see if I could find some birds. Well I did. I saw a Brush Turkey and a Lewin’s Honeyeater. And that was it. So I got back in the car and drove on, hoping to find a better place.

I drove into the Barrington Tops National Park and kept going up and up and up. The road seems to go on forever, and it is a horrible dirt road. I eventually stopped at Cobark Park and went for a walk in the bush, but saw nothing, not a thing. Then I walked along the road and saw my faithful old Black-faced Monarch and later on I followed a female Satin Bowerbird high up in the trees.

Satin Bowerbird, female
female Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

When I was walking back, a strange thing happened. I saw these dogs or dingos walking towards me down the road. One of them had what looked like a bird in its mouth. When they saw me, they stopped and looked guilty and then went back up the road and into the bush. I could not tell what was in its mouth but it looked like a medium sized black bird. I did not know if they were wild dogs or dingos. If they were wild dogs, then that is not good, it is very very bad. Yuk!

Wild Dogs/Dingos with prey
She looks like she has pups by the look of her nipples.

Barrington Tops bird list 19/10/09

Australian Brush-turkey
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Eastern Rosella
Crimson Rosella
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Black-faced Monarch
Satin Bowerbird, female
Eastern Whipbird (H)


  1. Why is it good that they eat a bird if they are dingoes, but bad if they are not?

    Comment by André — May 1, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  2. Dingos are native animals, wild dogs are feral animals.

    Comment by admin — May 3, 2010 @ 5:07 am

  3. Historically dingoes are feral too so this argument has no basis. And what could a newly feral dog do that a dingo couldn´t?
    And please don’t come with this “twice a year breeding” nonsense. Breeding is a draining process and successfull rearing of two-litters per year in the wild is rare and to my knowledge unproven for Australia. And even if, the young would still need to survive at least the first six months.

    Comment by André — March 7, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

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