Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 24, 2019

Lake Mitchell

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Mount Molloy 2

In the afternoon, I headed back south to Lake Mitchell to have a look for some finches. I did not find any other than Double-barred Finches. Hmm , as a matter of fact I did not see much at all. Once more and big DOH!! After that I went up the road to the Big Mitchell River but saw absolutely nothing. There was plenty of grass but no finches. In the morning I went once again to the Rifle Creek Rest Area just north of Mount Molloy. More rainforest birds and a severe lack of light.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )

Golden-headed Cisticola


Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Scarlet Honeyeater


Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

It probably should be called Scarlet Myzomela.

Magpie Goose


Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Little Shrike-thrush


Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Spectacled Monarch


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Mount Molloy Bird List

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
Forest Kingfisher
Double-barred Finch ( Taeniopygia bechinovii )
Willie Wagtail
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Australian Brush-turkey

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Mount Molloy and Julatten

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Mount Molloy

After Mareeba, I headed north to Mount Molloy. In the morning I went along the track towards town at Rifle Creek Rest Area. There were a few birds but not many. Inside the rainforest sections, it was a nightmare trying to get decent photos as the light was abysmal. You really need specialized gear for rainforest photography. arghhh!!! Later in the morning I headed towards Julatten and stopped off at Abattoir Swamp for a while.

Wompoo Fruit-dove


Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)

Lovely Fairy-wren


Lovely Fairy-wren (Malurus amabilis)

A really terrible photo but it is all I got. doh!

Little Shrike-thrush


Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Spotted Catbird


Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Spectacled Monarch - adult


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) – adult

The adult Spectacled Monarch has a black mask extending past the eyes and a black bib under the bill.

Spectacled Monarch   - juvenile


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) – juvenile

The juvenile Spectacled Monarch has no black on the face, only a white stripe.

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus)

A rare shot of a Rainbow Lorikeet showing the underneath feathers and the colours.

Northern  Fantail


Northern Fantail ( Rhipidura rufiventris )

Dusky Honeyeater


Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura harterti)

Mount Molloy bird list

Lovely Fairy-wren (Malurus amabilis)
Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
Northern Fantail ( Rhipidura rufiventris )
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
4494 Bowers ST ?
Olive-backed Sunbird
Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura harterti)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Brown Goshawk
Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Spangled Drongo
Lewins Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Dusky Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove

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June 21, 2019

Far North Queensland

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Atherton Tablelands

From Normanton, I kept headed east past the 40 Mile Scrub, Mount Surprise and Archers Creek where I stopped for a few nights rest by a relaxing babbling brook. Heading off again I stopped for a few days at Ravenshoe at the Railway Caraven Park right in the middle of town, which was a big change for me. I could even walk to the supermarket. When I got to Atherton, I had a look at Hasties Swamp National Park – Nyleta Wetland. There must have been more than five thousand Plumed Whistling-ducks there. Not much else though. Then off to the Bonadia RV Park just out of Atherton Town. There is an amazing scrap of rainforest on the edge of the park that is truly amazing. In the morning I got heaps of birds. Just look.

Pale-yellow Robin


Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito nana)

Bower's Shrikethrush


Bower’s Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri)

Brown Gerygone


Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki mouki)

Spectacled Monarch


Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Spotted Catbird


Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Freckled Duck


Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)

Wake up!

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)

White-throated Treecreeper


White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)

Helmeted Guineafowl


Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Lewin's Honeyeater


Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii )

Doh! I was hoping for a Graceful Honeyeater. 🙁

Atherton Tablelands bird list

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito nana)
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)
Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki mouki)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)
Bower’s Shrikethrush (Colluricincla boweri)
Olive-backed Oriole
Willie Wagtail
House Sparrow
Muscovy Duck
Australian Brushturkey
Comb-crested Jacana
Pacific Black Duck
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Australasian Swamphen
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Eastern Whipbird
Helmeted Guineafowl
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)
Mistletoebird
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis vegetus)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Golden-Headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii )

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June 15, 2019

Normanton to Croydon

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Croydon Birding

I left Normanton and drove more than one hundred kilometers until I found Green Creek. I decided to camp there for the night. There were not many birds about. In the morning I carried on towards Croydon and stopped at Belmore Creek, where there was a bit more activity, plus the remains of an old gold mine. I climbed up the tailings heap. Full of cyanide. doh!

White-throated Gerygone


White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)

Pale-headed Rosella


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)

 Yellow Honeyeater


Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albugularis)

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

A Rainbow Bee-eater eating an actual bee. Amazing.

Croydon bird list

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)
Brown Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albugularis)
Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)
Weebill
Double-barred Finch
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Magpie-lark
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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June 14, 2019

Gulf Country

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Normanton Birding

After I got to Normanton, I went straight to Bottom Dam where there were a heap of Magpie Goose, Brolga and many other water-birds. In the afternoon I headed north to Corduroy Creek and the Mutton Hole Wetlands. There were so many Brolga about. Hundreds all over the place.

Yellow Honeyeater


Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)

This honeyeater sure is yellow.

Australian Pipit


Australian Pipit

I could swear this was a proper wagtail by the way that it was bobbing its tail up and down vertically. Definitely not like the face Willie “Wagtail”. Edit: Sucked in, it was not a wagtail but a pipit. doh!

Sarus Crane


Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)

I did not realize I had any photos of the Sarus Crane, but I saw that they were in this region, so luckily I paid attention when sorting my photos and sure enough I had a few photos. doh! I have last seen these in Bharatpur, India.

Sarus Crane  in flight


Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) in flight

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

There are so many of these around in the lagoons and dams around Normanton. This is the place to come and see them very easily.

Magpie Goose and Plumed Whistling-Ducks


Magpie Goose and Plumed Whistling-Ducks

Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) and Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) .

Gull-billed Tern


Gull-billed Tern

I am not sure if this is macrotarsus sub-species or a full species. Edit
Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon macrotarsa)

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Normanton bird list

Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flava)
Australian Pipit
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica macrotarsa) ???
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Apostlebird
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Magpie-lark
Black-fronted Dotterel
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Pacific Black Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Double-barred Finch
Zebra Finch
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-faced Woodswallow
Weebill
Paperbark Flycatcher
Great Bowerbird
Little Corella
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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June 13, 2019

Cloncurry to Normanton

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Far North Queensland

I took off for Normanton from Cloncurry late in the afternoon. I found a camp for the night and then in the morning went searching along some fence lines for birds. That was before the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. After the roadhouse I stopped at the Flinders River. There was plenty of water in the river but very few birds. I was very disappointed in this spot. I made it to Normanton after a few days and set off for the Botton Dam where there was a bunch of waterbirds, mainly Magpie Goose.

Red-backed Fairywren


Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)

Purple-backed Fairywren


Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis)

Really bad photo but best one i got.

Zebra Finch


Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Jacky Winter


Jacky Winter ( Microeca fascinans)

Behind a wall of grass. Very artistic. ha ha.

Black-faced Woodswallow


Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)

Rufous Whistler


Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris pallida)

Magpie Goose


Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Big mob of Magpie Goose at the Bottom Dam, Normanton.

Far North Queensland bird list

Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)
Pied Butcherbird
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
Budgerigar
Paperbark Flycatcher
Pheasant Coucal
Jacky Winter
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Striated Pardalote
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris pallida)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Magpie-lark
Black-fronted Dotterel
Radjah Shelduck (Tadornus rajah)
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Brolga
Magpie Goose
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
Australian Pelican
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Australian Darter
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

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June 11, 2019

Cloncurry Queensland

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Chinamans Creek Dam

I left the Corella Dam and continued on to Cloncurry, in Western Queensland. I stayed at Wal’s Camp overnight and in the morning headed to the Chinaman’s Creek Dam, just out of town. I did see some Cloncurry Parrots early in the morning but the sun was not up yet, but later there were none around. doh! I did get some photos of them last time I was here. Luckily.

Pictorella Mannikin  - female


Pictorella Mannikin (Heteromunia pectoralis) – female

The female Pictorella Mannikin has pale flecked flanks and a black breast with fine white scalloping.

Pictorella Mannikin  - juvenile


Pictorella Mannikin (Heteromunia pectoralis) – juvenile

The juvenile Pictorella Mannikin has dark ear covert much lighter than the adult.

Painted Finch


Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)

This is a really bad shot. I thought it was a Crimson Finch so I did not go chase after it. doh!

Zebra Finch   - juvenile


Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) – juvenile

Cloncurry bird list

Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)
Pictorella Mannikin (Heteromunia pectoralis)
Zebra Finch
Australian Pelican
Hardhead
Great Crested Grebe
White-plumed Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Masked Lapwing
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Magpie-lark
Spinifex Pigeon

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June 10, 2019

Corella Dam Mt Isa

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Clem Walton Park

After I stocked up at Mount Isa, I headed to the Corella Dam which is halfway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry. There were quite a few caravans and campers there but I moved into the bush a bit for a bit of peace and quiet away from the generators.

Purple-backed Fairywren


Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis)

This has been split from the Variegated Fairy-wren.

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

This White-necked Heron has just caught a lovely fish. Also known as the Pacific Heron.

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Spotted Bowerbird


Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

First one spotted going east. They are a change from the Great Bowerbird.

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

There were a whole mob of these making a new nest.

Straw-necked Ibis


Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

Budgerigar


Budgerigar (Melopsitticus undulatus)

Corella Dam bird list

Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis) split from Variegated Fairy-wren
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australasian Grebe
Masked Lapwing
Black-fronted Dotterel
Great Egret
Little Egret
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Red-winged Parrot
Budgerigar
Cockatiel
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Crested Pigeon
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Brown Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Yellow-throated Miner
Weebill
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Jacky Winter
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Caspian Tern
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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June 8, 2019

First in Queensland

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Camooweal Lagoon – Queensland border

I finally made it to the Barkly Homestead after the worst highway in the world. The Carpentaria Highway is one lane bitumen with the most hideous bumps and dips. Huge road trains come hurtling towards you and you have to get way off the road or get smashed. The locals drive like maniacs spraying rocks all over your windscreen. Finally I made it to Camooweal. The weather was freezing cold with a really strong wind blowing. Not the best conditions for finding birds.

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Brolgas


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

They make the most hideous racket.

Little Corella


Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea gymnopsis)

I think this Little Corella is eating a water lily bulb. With added mud. Yum!

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

With nictitaing membrane. Spooky.

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Camooweal Lagoon bird list

Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Magpie-lark
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea gymnopsis)
Zebra Finch
Diamond Dove
Straw-necked Ibis
Pacific Black Duck
White-headed Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Eurasian Coot
Pied Butcherbird

Little River Bird

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Carpentaria Highway

After Mataranka, I headed down the Stuart Highway to Daly Waters, where I filled up my water, then turned left on to the Carpentaria Highway. I stopped in at the Little River bridge and camped the night. And in the afternoon and morning went for a walk looking for birds. In the morning I carried on to Cape Crawford where I filled up with petrol at $2 a litre and turned right to go down the Tablelands Highway towards the Barkly Highway. The highway was horrendous. It was a one lane tarred and pitted patch. Cars came flying towards you and went off the side of the ride, spraying you with rocks. Not a good place for a broken windscreen. Most of the time I just stopped and let the loonies have the road.

Masked Finch


Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)

Jacky Winter


Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

Banded Honeyeater


Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

Carpentaria Highway bird list

Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)
Galah
Banded Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)
Magpie-lark
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Peaceful Dove
Red-necked Lorikeet
Great Bowerbird
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Little Woodswallow
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Australian Bustard
White-faced Heron
Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)
Apostlebird
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Wedge-tailed Eagle

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