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October 23, 2009

Barrington Tops Day 4 091022

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Barrington Tops Bird Photography, Day 4, 22nd October 2009.

Last day in the Barrington Tops National Parks. I am hoping its going to be a good one. I headed up the North Arm Road again. It seems like it is a pretty good spot with some variety of bird species. The day is a bit overcast and the light is pretty bad. Lately I have been setting my ISO at 1600 and my shutter speed at 1/400 and still it gets a bit dark. I will say it again, a camera with at least ISO 3200 and some decent noise reduction would be good.

White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)

The first bird I saw was a pair of White-naped Honeyeaters. They were chasing each other around the trees. Isn’t spring wonderful? There were some Yellow-faced Honeyeaters around as well. I spotted some female Leaden Flycatchers but they were terribly difficult to photograph because they flitted around so quickly and leaves and branches were in the way. (I am whinging a lot about that aren’t I?)

Further up the road, I stopped at a creek coming down the hill in a rainforest gully and disturbed a pair of Bassian Thrush. They flew off a little way and perched on a branch. They hopped around a few branches and then flew off.

Bassian Thrush
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata)

A male and female Leaden Flycatcher stopped for a pose, as well as another few White-naped Honeyeaters.

Back down by the river, a Rufous Whistler was making a hell of a racket and I saw a Sacred Kingfisher swoop down and snaggle a snail or something for dinner, or was it a late breakfast?

Rufous Whistler
male Rufous Whistler (Pachycephalus rufiventris)

And that was it for my trip to the Barrington Tops National Park. It was a good trip with some varied and interesting birds. I struggled at times to get shots because of bad light and shrubbery in the way, but what is the point of whinging about it? Move on and learn from the experience, I reckon. 🙂

Barrington Tops bird list 22/10/09

White-naped Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Grey Fantail
Leaden Flycatcher
Bassian Thrush
Brown Thornbill
White-browed Scrubwren
Red-browed Treecreeper
Rufous Whistler
Sacred Kingfisher

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