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April 27, 2009

Bird Photography Willie Retreat 090407

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Bird Photography at Willie Retreat, Macquarie Marshes 7th April, 2009

After stopping at Warren, I drove on to Willie Retreat which is up the Carinda Road. I missed the turnoff, which goes off to the right at the Mara crossroads, and had to go back about twenty kilometers after asking a farmer.

At Willie Retreat, I stayed in the Woolshed, which was spartan but adequate. It had facilities for cooking, a fridge, and most importantly, power to charge the batteries and run the laptop.

In the afternoon, I went out and shot some photos around the homestead and the Mini-wetlands. These Apostlebirds(Struthidea cinerea) were just hanging around my van and were within meters of me, jumping around and squwarking and carrying on.


I saw this bird hovering over a grasshopper, then going in like a raptor. I thought it was some type of tiny kite, but it turned out to be a White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike(Coracina papuensis).

White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike

I liked this shot of the starlings that all came in and clustered around the dead tree near the water hole.

Common Starling

There was a bunch of Grey-crowned Babblers(Pomatostomus temporalis) jumping up to this branch. I think they were digging out grubs. I think this one is an immature bird as it does not have a yellow eye. They are really funny birds and carry on like a bunch of idiots. ha ha..

Grey-crowned Babbler

There were a few restless flycatchers around as well, but I thought that they were odd looking willy wagtails. I only found out later what they were. There were a bunch of White-browed Woodswallows(Artamus superciliosus) hanging around on the trees and on the fences.

White-browed Woodswallow

Bird Species List for Willie Retreat 7/4/09

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Common Starling
Red-rumped Parrot
Grey-crowned Babbler
Australian Pipit
Restless Flycatcher
White-browed Woodswallow
Grey Fantail
White-plumed Honeyeater

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