Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 4, 2018

Borah Creek 181104

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Narrabri to Manilla

After the Pilliga I drove north-west to Narrabri. I had to get to Boggabri but I did not want to go across the scrub on a dirt road for more than fifty kilometers. I stopped at the Narrabri Showgrounds, which cost me a whole six dollars. I even got a cold shower and some horses for company! That afternoon I walked along the Narrabri Creek. It was so hot and there were a few birds but not that much. The Namoi River was dry at Narrabri. The next night I camped along the Namoi River near Boggabri and there was some water in it at that stage. I made a wrong turn coming from Boggabri to Borah Creek and had to back track for about ten kilometers. Most of the way it was dirt road but not too bad. I arrived at Borah Creek in the afternoon and went for a cursory walk to see what was around.

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

I had been wanting to photograph a Diamond Firetail here and finally I found one. The adults have prominent white spots on black flanks, full black breast band and a scarlet rump. Their range is south-eastern Australia and are largely sedentary.

Channel-billed Cuckoo
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)

Channel-billed Cuckoos make the most horrendous racket. They are migratory breeders, coming from New Guinea and Indonesia. They are the world’s largest brood parasite, usually laying in crows, ravens or currawong nests.

Pallid Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)

Tree Martin
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)

I think the Tree Martins were cleaning out a hole to make a nest.

Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

White-winged Triller
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps Chalcoptera)

Cockatiel
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)

Narrabri and Borah Creek bird list

Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)
Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Common Bronzewing (Phaps Chalcoptera)
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
Sacred Kingfisher
Little Friarbird
Red-rumped Parrot
Yellow-throated Miner
Eastern Rosella
Mallee Ringneck
Crested Pigeon
Rufous Whistler
Australian King-parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Australian Wood Duck
Common Bronzewing
Brown Treecreeper
Crimson Rosella
White-winged Chough
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-browed Finch
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Grey Shrike-thrush
Turquoise Parrot
Dollarbird
Magpie-lark
Galah
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

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