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May 1, 2009

Bowra Station Bird Photography 090415a

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Bird Photography at Bowra Station, Cunnamulla, Qld. 15th April, 2009. am

In the morning we Went to Sandy Creek Crossing and just pottered around there for a while.

Saw this wonderful Australian Ringneck(Barnadius barnardi), also known as the Mallee Ringneck or Mallee Parrot. This is race barnardi, race zonarius is commonly called the Port Lincoln Parrot. Aboriginals called race barnardi “bulla-bulla”.

Australian Ringneck

Next on the agenda is the White-plumed Honeyeater(Lichenostomus penicillatus). These birds are very plentiful in this area and around western new south wales. An interesting behaviour is that they fly in for a bath at waterholes and just flutter above the surface before diving in and just touching the surface of the water.

White-plumed Honeyeater

This male Common Bronzewing(Phaps chalcopter) was standing by while his mate was sitting on a nest.

Male Common Bronzewing

And here is the female sitting on the nest.

Female Common Bronzewing

And at last I have a half decent shot of a Southern Whiteface(Aphelocephala leucopsis). Note the harsh rocky habitat here. They live in open forested areas from pretty arid country though to the wetter grassy forests of south-east australian eucalypt forests.

Southern Whiteface

This is a first for me with this Red-backed Kingfisher(Todiramphus pyrrhopygia). The Warlpiri people in the Northern Territory call this one “Luurnpa”. They are common near Yuendumu and Balgo. They live in burrows and hollow trees and logs.

Red-backed Kingfisher

We had been chasing this one for about a week, always hearing its distinctive call but never seeing it. At last we got a sight of one. And what a pleasure to behold they are! They have this really cool mohawk that makes them look very punk indeed. And yes, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the famous Crested Bellbird(Oreoica gutturalis). Their family name is Pachycephalidae and their conservation status is “Near Threatened”. The Southern Crested Bellbird(Oreoica gutturalis guttaralis) has disappeared from well over fifty percent of its historical range. Crested Bellbirds live in the shrub-layer of eucalypt woodland, mallee, acacia shrubland, and feed on insects and seeds. (source: environment.gov.au).

Crested Bellbird

Once again, another legendary bird, Hall’s Babbler(Pomatostomus halli). In NSW, this bird is listed as Vulnerable because it faces moderate threatening processes. They live in tall acacia shrublands of arid country which is often dominated by mulga. Studies are currently being undertaken to assess their biology, social organization, and habitat requirements.

Hall's Babbler

This cute pair of Varied Sitella(Daphoenositta chrysoptera) were sitting on a tree branch preening for the camera. Thank you, guys. They have a habit of foraging downwards on trees, whilst Treecreepers are noted as moving upwards along a tree trunk.

Varied Sitella

And another big At Last! moment. I have a relatively decent photo of the fabulously gorgeous Male Red-capped Robin(Petroica goodenovii). They are seen most prominently in the arid western areas of Eastern Australia.

Red-capped Robin

And that’s it. Whew! What a day it was. We did see the Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, but the photos from a couple of days later are much better. Oh, and I must mention my sources: mdahlem.net, environment.gov.au, and Crikey.


Bird Species List, Bowra STation, Cunnamulla. 15/4/09, am.

Australian Ringneck, race barnardi
Red-winged Parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Red-capped Robin
Common Bronzewing
Noisy Friarbird
Southern Whiteface
Hooded Robin
Red-backed Kingfisher
Crested Bellbird
Singing Honeyeater
Hall’s Babbler
Varied Sitella
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush

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