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May 3, 2009

Bird Photography Bowra Station 090419

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Bird Photography at Bowra Station cunnamulla, 17th April, 2009.

We went to Stony Ridge to look for Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and searched in the bush for a while, then drove up the hill and saw them crossing the road. We then followed them through the stony country but did not see them again. We carried on further down the road to see a Black-faced Woodswallow(Artamus cinereus).

Black-faced Woodswallow

We went to the west side of the property to the big waterhole and saw a pair of White-necked Heron(Ardea pacifica) doing an aerobatics display, like synchronised swimming. I think it was a mating ritual or courting display. It was quite magnificent.

White-necked Heron

We walked further down the waterhole and found hundreds of old cormorant nests. There were some dead cormorants lying in a nest and we found a skull lying on the ground which had a down-turned top front of the bill. A Whistling Kite was flying around in the distance but did not come closer.

On the way back I saw a raptor fly through the trees. It had yellow legs, so I thought it was a grey falcon. We found where it landed and it had a bird kill in its talons. It was actually a Brown Goshawk(Accipter fasciatus), which pleased me because I wanted to finally see a Goshawk.

I also spotted a Common Bronzewing(Phaps Chalcoptera).

Common Bronzewing

And some Emu(Dromaius novaehollandiae).

Emu

Before lunch we went to look for the Banded Lapwings(Vanellus tricolor) which were supposed to be in a field near the fence line. We spotted another car which had found them so we drove over and got some photos.

Banded Lapwing

At dusk, we went to Stony Ridge to look for a Spotted Nightjar. We played a tape of the call to bring one in but no luck. Then we went down to “A Nice Place” and heard an Owlet Nightjar. On the way back to the camp, we thought we saw a Spotted Nightjar in the headlights.

Bird Species List for Bowra Station, 17/4/09

Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush
Nankeen Kestrel
Black-faced Woodswallow
White-necked Heron
Peaceful Dove
Brown Goshawk
Common Bronzewing
Emu
Budgerigar
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

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