Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 23, 2019

Broome

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 3:03 am

Broome Caravan Park

I stayed at the Broome Caraven Park for a couple of nights. It was full on luxury – showers, camp kitchen, and a swimming pool. And all for $15 a night. It is off-season so that is why it was so reasonable. The grounds of the caravan park were full of birds.

Masked Lapwing


Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)

This is the northern sub-species, miles, of the Masked Lapwing and it is slimmer, paler, has no black on the hindneck or breast and a larger yellow wattle.

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis nuchalis)

The Great Bowerbird is the plainest of the bowerbirds with a pale grey colour and not much of a nuchal. Has very long legs.

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)

A mob of Grey-crowned Babblers were collecting nesting material for its nest right next to the camp kitchen.

Blue-winged Kookaburra


Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)

After a few days luxuriating in Broome I thought it best to leave before I got too soft. About 70 kilometers east of Broome, I stopped at this rest area for a snooze and get interrupted by these unruly Long-tailed Finch.

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)

This sub-species acuticauda has a yellow bill, neat black bib, narrow black flank patch, very long central tail feathers, and a narrow black lores.

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

I think this is correct. The Paperback Flycatcher is the northern, tropical equivalent of the Restless Flycatcher, but smaller.

Little Friarbird - immature


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis sordidus)

This is an immature Little Friarbird with the yellow patch on the side of the neck near the shoulder.

Bar-shouldered Dove


Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

The front one has a much darker head.

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

There were hundreds of these near Derby wharf.

Sand Goanna


Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)

There were a couple of what I think are Sand Goanna perching on the rocks near the pool. People had been feeding them so that is why they were hanging around all the time. Some people say these are Perentie but I have my doubts.

Frill-neck Lizard


Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

Kimberley bird list

White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Straw-necked Ibis
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis hedlandi)
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis nuchalis)
Little Corella
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis sordidus)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)
Willie Wagtail
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite

Reptiles

Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)
Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

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