Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 29, 2018

Big Terrigal Creek pm

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Macquarie Marshes Day one

From Coonamble I drove to Gulargambone where I had lunch surrounded by honeyeaters in the park. Then I headed to Quambone where I hoped to get petrol, but you needed a special card to get petrol from the machine. doh! So I just headed to Sandy Camp and directly along Gibsons Way to the observation platform at Big Terrigal Creek.

Hooded Robin
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata)

I wandered up and down the road looking for birds. There were not a lot of water birds around. But I did see quite a few bush birds in the trees along the road.

Rufous SongLark
Rufous SongLark (Megalurus mathewsi)

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

You can see the yellow throat on this Yellow-throated Miner as well as the yellow patch behind the eye seems brighter than the Noisy Miner.

Peaceful Dove
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

There were a lot of Fairy Martin and Tree Martin around so this solitary Welcome Swallow was a good contrast. Their wings are longer and there is more rufous on the breast than the Fairy Martin.

Australian Reed-Warbler
Australian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus australis )

Black-tailed  Native-Hen
Black-tailed Native-Hen (Tribonyx ventralis)

Pallid Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)

White-breasted Woodswallow on nest
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

This White-breasted Woodswallow was on a mud nest. First time I have seen their nest.

Macquarie Marshes bird list

Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Whistling Kite
Jacky Winter
Magpie-lark
Australian Raven
Sacred Kingfisher
Mallee Ringneck (Barnadius zonarius barnardi)
Little Friarbird
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Tree Martin(Petrochelidon nigricans)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Common Starling
Black-tailed Native-Hen (Tribonyx ventralis)
Australian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus australis )
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Australian Pelican
Grey Shrike-thrush
Rufous SongLark (Megalurus mathewsi)
Darter
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

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