Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 29, 2019

Macksville to Taree

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Mid-North Coast Birding.

I wanted to have a look at the surf at Scott’s Head, just out of Macksville. There was a bit of swell running so I thought there might be something there if the point had accumulated some more sand. When I was walking up to the point, I saw some people looking up into the trees and I pulled out the camera and took some photos of a snoozing Tawny Frogmouth.

Tawny Frogmouth


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

There was a bit of swell but there was no sand out at the point. It has been like that for years now. I remember surfing for hundreds of meters down the beach with lots of sand. 🙁

Scotts Head surfing


Surfing the point

After Scott’s Head, I headed south along the coast and stayed at Ryan’s Cut Picnic Area in Hat Head National Park for the night. Then continued on to Crescent Head which was no good at all – small waves with an onshore wind chopping everything up. I then went via Port Macquarie and Laurieton then stopped again at Saltwater National Park , east of Taree. I have been here a few times and it has always been productive.

White-headed Pigeon


White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Regent Bowerbird   - male


Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – male

Regent Bowerbird - female


Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) – female

Mid-north Coast bird list

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
Australian Brush-Turkey (Alectura lathami)
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)
Willie Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Robin
Superb Fairy-wren
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
White-browed Scrubwren
Spangled Drongo
Pied Butcherbird
White-faced Heron
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)

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August 21, 2019

Hortons Creek

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Nymboida Area

Heading down south from Kyogle, I spent the weekend near Casino, then headed to Grafton , then inland towards Nymboida. Just before Nymboida, I found a camp spot next to a creek and in the morning carried on to Horton’s Creek, where I went for a walk along the creek bed. There was no water in the creek, just lots of big stones. I found a waterhole where the Bell Miners were coming to have a drink.

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

Spotted Pardalote - female


Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus punctatus)

This Spotted Pardalote , sub-species punctatus), is a female with yellow spots on the crown and without a yellow throat.

Hortons Creek bird list

Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Lewin’s Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
Red-browed Finch
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus punctatus)
Superb Fairy-wren
Laughing Kookaburra

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August 7, 2019

Sheepstation Creek Campground

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Border Ranges National Park

After some time in Kyogle I headed up the hill to the Border Ranges National Park. I think it is on the edge of the caldera that is the old volcano of Mount Warning. I stopped at Sheepstation Creek Campground and in the afternoon went for a walk along the track. In the morning there were so many Satin Bowerbirds around the camp ground.

Satin Bowerbird - male


Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)- male

Satin Bowerbird


Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

I am not sure if this is a female or a juvenile Satin Bowerbird.

Eastern Whipbird - adult


Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

I was lucky to get a couple of photos of this adult Eastern Whipbird. They hardly ever come out into the open but skulk around the forest floor, scratching around the leaf litter.

Crested Shrike-tit


Crested Shrike-tit (Fulcunculus frontatus)

White-browed Scrubwren


White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

This was unusual seeing a Bell Miner on the ground. This one was digging away in the ground, possibly looking for worms or something.

Variegated Fairy-wren


Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

Eastern Yellow Robin


Eastern Yellow Robin ( Eopsaltria australis)

These are very common on the edges of rainforest areas.

Border Ranges National Park bird list

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
Eastern Yellow Robin ( Eopsaltria australis)
Crimson Rosella
Australian King Parrot
Bell Miner
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Pied Currawong
Satin Bowerbird
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
Crested Shrike-tit (Fulcunculus frontatus)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Brush Turkey
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Pied Butcherbird
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Laughing Kookaburra
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis )
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

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July 31, 2019

Border Ranges National Park

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Border Ranges

I left Rathdowney and headed up the Lions Road towards the border of New South Wales and Queensland. The Border Ranges National Park is a mountainous caldera lying along the border, hence the name, doh! Just before I got to the border I stopped at the Andrew Drynan Park for the night. It is just above the Running Creek on the side of a hill.

Eastern Rosella


Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius elecica)

Pale Headed Rosella


Pale Headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus palliceps)

Brown Cuckoo-Dove


Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella)

Noisy Miner


Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Crossing the border I stopped at the Border Loop Lookout, where the sound of the Bell Miners rang out over the valleys.

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

The Bell Miner is closely related to the Noisy Miner.

Bell Miner


Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

White-naped Honeyeater


White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)

Eastern Yellow Robin


Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

Australian King Parrot


Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Grey Shrike-thrush


Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica harmonica)

This is sub-species harmonica with the white lores.

Border Ranges bird list

Pale Headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus palliceps)
Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius elecica)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)
Galah
Nankeen Kestrel
Grey Butcherbird
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella)
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica harmonica)
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Whipbird

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July 23, 2019

Circuit to Maleny

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Blackall Ranges

After Kenilworth, I turned right at the road towards the Obi Obi Creek, where I camped for the night. There were not many birds around but it was a nice peaceful camp by the creek. The next day I kept going to Mapleton Lilyponds, where I went for a walk around the pond. A few Dusky Moorhen and that was about it.

Eastern Yellow Robin


Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

Just up the road is Mapleton National Park, where this little beauty posed for me. Looking for attention as per usual.

Restless Flycatcher


Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

The next day I headed out of Mapleton towards the northern end of Lake Baroon. The morning was very foggy but I was lucky to get some shots of these Restless Flycatchers.

Restless Flycatcher


Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

Blackall Ranges bird list

Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Laughing Kookaburra
Dusky Moorhen
Grey Fantail
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Welcome Swallow
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

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July 22, 2019

Toowoombah to Maleny

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Blackall Range

Just north of Toowoombah, I headed east again and ended up at the Ravensbourne National Park.

Grey Fantail


Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

Going south again and I went for a walk around Kilcoy Wetland , situated in the middle of town at Yowie Park.

Australian White Ibis


Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

The pink bare skin at the back of the head really stand out on this one.

Royal Spoonbill


Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

In breeding plumage with the pink on the crown and the yellow patch above the eyes.

I stopped off at Lake Somerset, just off Westvale Road where I had a nice relaxing day sunbaking and reading a book. I went past Maleny which was chock a block full of people, and moved on to Fritz Park near Conoldale.

Red-browed Finch


Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis temporalis)

Red-backed Fairy-wren


Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

My last stop was at Fig Tree Walk, just before Kenilworth.

Yellow-throated Scrubwren


Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)

I could not get rid of the red-eye from the flash. It was so dark. I do not like using flash but sometimes it is unavoidable.

Southern Queensland Bird list

Lewins Honeyeater
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)
Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)
Silvereye
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Swamphen
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Dusky Moorhen
White-faced Heron
Brown Honeyeater
Pied Butcherbird
Little Pied Cormorant
Australasian Grebe
Masked Lapwing
Little Corella
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis temporalis)
Restless Flycatcher
Eastern Whipbird
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis)

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July 17, 2019

Crows Nest Queensland

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Southern Downs Birding

I had not taken any photos for about a week. It has been so cold. The last few nights I have woken up with ice covering the windscreen. brrr. This morning I did not get out until after 9am. That is unheard of for me. It is just too cold. I took a few photos at Charley’s Creek at Chinchilla a few days ago but nothing much was there. This morning I stopped at Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba and went for a walk from the Bullocky Rest Area along Applegum Walk to Pumphole Lookout.

Pied Currawong


Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

Laughing Kookaburra


Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Grey Shrike-thrush


Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

Southern Downs bird list

Australian King-Parrot
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
Noisy Miner
Straw-necked Ibis
Masked Lapwing
Cockatiel
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Apostlebird

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July 10, 2019

Wandoan Queensland

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Western Downs Queensland

Redbank Reserve is somewhere in the central west of Queensland. I have forgotten exactly where it was now. It was so long ago. After that I kept going south. It had been raining for days and this morning was the first chance that I had got to take the camera for a walk. So here I am at Wandoan, wandering around the Waterloo Plain Environmental Park.

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Striped Honeyeater


Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater


Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Little Pied Cormorant


Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Mistletoebird


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hiruninaceum)

Central Queensland bird list

Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Pied Butcherbird
Spotted Bowerbird
Galah
Magpie-lark
Australian Magpie
Mistletoebird
Weebill
Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana modesta)
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Grebe
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

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July 2, 2019

Aramac Birding

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Central Western Queensland.

I left Muttaburra in the afternoon and drove to Aramac, about eighty kilometers east of Muttaburra. It is a small village with a shop and a camping area. I found a nice camp site near Aramac Creek at the 5 Emus Camp Site. I wandered around in the afternoon and saw a few birds and in the morning walked along the creek and back again. The Aramac Creek Rail Bridge was first built in 1913 by the Aramac Shire Council. The bridge is all that remains of the original rail line between Aramac and Barcaldine. Here are my bird photos.

Plum-headed Finch


Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

Aramac bird list

Plum-headed Finch (Neochmia modesta)
Zebra Finch
Red-backed Fairy-wren
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii )
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus )
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Mistletoebird
Apostlebird
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

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July 1, 2019

Artesian Outback

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Winton to Muttaburra Bird Watching

After Hughenden, I headed south to Winton where I spent the night at Mistake Creek, just out of town. There was a film festival at Winton so I went and saw Outlaws, starring Tom Hardy. After doing some internet stuff, I headed east towards Longreach and then went north again along a dirt road to Muttaburra.

Hardhead  and Grey Teals


Hardhead ( Aythya australis) and Grey Teal

In the morning I had a look at the Winton Sewerage Works. There were a few ducks around but not much.

Sacred Kingfisher


Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I camped the night at Union Hole where striking shearers carted their water from Union Hole with a horse and dray in 1891. At Union Camp approximately 400 striking shearers camped here in March 1891. The remains of the main camp oven can still be seen along with other relics.

Spotted Bowerbird


Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Fairy Martin


Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

adult corvid


adult corvid

Not sure which one. Too hard to tell maybe.

Central West Queensland bird list

Australian Magpie
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata)
Zebra Finch
Australian Reed-Warbler
Australasian Grebe
Australian Swamphen
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Eurasian Coot
Black Kite
White-headed Stilt
Singing Honeyeater
Pied Butcherbird
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Black-fronted Dotterel
Willie Wagtail
Restless Flycatcher
Sacred Kingfisher
Galah
Spotted Bowerbird
Fairy Martin
Rufous-throated Honeyeater

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