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September 20, 2009

Borah Creek Bird Photography 090917

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Borah Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 17th September, 2009. am.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)

In the morning there were more owl calls before dawn. I could also hear some young goats up in the mountain. I had breakfast and went wandering towards the sun which had not come up over Mount Borah yet. The Willy Wagtails were out and about as well as a couple of Eastern Rosella. Once again, there were very many White-plumed Honeyeaters making lots of noise. The ubiquitous Superb Fairy-wren made an appearance, of course.

I was on a flat grassy section when this Turquoise Parrot appeared right in front of me. I snapped away madly. They are extremely beautiful birds. Here is the female bird.

female Turquoise Parrot
female Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)

The male Turquoise Parrot has a much brighter fluororescent face and a red patch on the wing.

male Turquoise Parrot
male Turquoise Parrot

I flushed a few quail in the grass as I was walking through it. I was hoping that I might get a photo of one, so I trod very slowly and carefully after that. Suddenly one appeared at the edge of the clearing, pecking at the ground and then scurrying off towards the other side of the clear patch. Luckily I had the presence of mind to take some photos of it, which did not turn out so good, anyway. 🙁

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

Along the creek I spotted a Diamond Firetail, some Red-browed Finch, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Olive-backed Oriole and this Little Friarbird.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Back at my camp I had a resident Fan-tailed Cuckoo whose territory I must have invaded because it was calling all day. I did manage to see some young Dusky Woodswallows as well.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

Borah Reserve bird list 17/9/09

Sacred Kingfisher
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Brown Treecreeper
Peaceful Dove
Turquoise Parrot
Dusky Woodswallow
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Quail
Hooded Robin
Red-browed Finch
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-browed Scrubwren
Olive-backed Oriole
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Little Friarbird
Diamond Firetail
Noisy Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Rosella

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