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October 23, 2009

Barrington Tops Day 3 091021

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Barrington Tops Bird Photography, Day 3, 21st October, 2009.

Before I even had breakfast I had a quartet of Crimson Rosellas checking me out at Horse Swamp. They were hanging on to the bark and anything they could get their claws into to have a good look at me. Later on, I noticed a few young Crimson Rosella that had cryptic backs and fronts.

Flame Robin
female Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicia)

I walked down to the swamp and waited around for a while. A Red Wattlebird kept going to the base of a tree, possibly looking for some insects. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were a bit more subdued than is usual for them – They normally flit around like manic school kids. Maybe it was the cold or their diet. Or just too early in the morning for them – I feel like that sometimes. 🙂

I got some great shots of a King Parrot that perched really close to me.

Australian King-Parrot
male Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

A pair of White-eared Honeyeaters came quite close but I could not get a clear shot because of all the leaves and branches in the way. They were quite striking birds with their greeny backs and fronts, black face and bright white ear patches.

After a few hours of walking around the swamp, I headed north up the Tubrabucca Road to the Manning River. I stopped at Henry’s Bridge and went for a walk along the river. There were some Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, ravens and magpies. I found a couple of wombat holes on a hill side. Earlier I had seen a dead one on the road. I can not imagine why anyone would drive around here at night. The next day I found heaps of wombat holes all over the place on the river flat. They were everywhere.

I went over to the other side of the river and followed a road up the hill. There was quite a good assortment of birds, with White-browed Scrubwren flittering around the foliage near the creeks. They always seem to be in and out of ferns and dense low bushes. There were quite a few ironbark-type trees so I should not have been surprised to see some Red-browed Treecreepers. The book says that they like to live in tall eucalypt forest and sub-alpine woodlands. I would say that the sub-alpine part was right as I have only seen or heard about them being high up in the mountains. eg. Lithgow, Mummel Gulf National Park and Barrington Tops National Park.

I came back down the trail and saw an Eastern Yellow Robin and an Eastern Spinebill who was having a good scrub or something. I could not get a photo as there were too many leaves and branches in the way. Can’t they make forest without all these pesky leaves, please? 😉 I did process some of the photos and I quite like this perspective. At least its a bit different. He may be playing peekaboo!

Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

At the bridge a pair of Welcome Swallows were flying around. They may have had a nest under it but I could not see one. Later on in the afternoon I saw a Leaden Flycatcher flying in to the water, then fly back to a branch, have a good shake and a scratch, then get back in for another dip.

Leaden Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)

I walked up North Branch Road again and saw a Black-faced Monarch and a Golden Whistler and heard an Eastern Whipbird.

Barrington Tops bird list 21/10/09

Flame Robin
White-eared Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Australian King-Parrot
Crimson Rosella
White-browed Scrubwren
Rufous Whistler
Red-browed Treecreeper
Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Yellow Robin
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Grey Fantail
Welcome Swallow
Superb Fairy-wren
Leaden Flycatcher
Brown Thornbill
Black-faced Monarch
Golden Whistler
Eastern Whipbird (H)

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