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June 11, 2009

Coalfields Bird Photography 090610

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 1:36 am

Bird Photography at Hunter Coalfields 10th June, 2009.

This morning I took a drive past Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley towards Abermain. I had a quick look at the Werakata National Park at Abermain and then went along Hebburn Road. The weather was cold and very windy and not at all conducive to photographing or even seeing birds. There were a few Noisy Miners around and then I spotted a female Golden Whistler on a low bush. There was also an Eastern Spinebill and that was about it.

Female Golden Whistler
Female Golden Whistler(Pacycephala pectoralis)

I then drove through Cessneck past Bellbird along Wollombi Road and turned off at Ellalong Road and then went into the Aberdare State Forest along Pelton Road. Well it was not much of a road, only a muddy dirt track. The track turned into a clay bath so I parked my car along the side and walked. I got to boundary Road and went along it. The road was worse with major ruts and mud holes full of sticky clay. I walked along a bike track and then spotted a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater(Lichenostomus melanops)

I headed back down the track and then found an old railway track and then went along it looking for the Regent Honeyeaters that had been seen in the area. I did not see any but it is a terrific area and I shall be back soon. Well, on Sunday to be exact.

Coalfields Bird Species List 10/6/09

Hebburn Road, Abermain.
Golden Whistler
Eastern Spinebill
Noisy Miner

Aberdare State Forest, Pelton
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Bell Miner
Crimson Rosella


  1. Steve if you park just as you cross the railway line and walk up to line to the left, it peters out and there is a track back to the road. I saw Regents walking left up the road to the top of the ridge early in the morning, and in flowering trees back near the gully that the line crosses later in the day.

    Comment by Marj K — June 11, 2009 @ 3:53 am

  2. Thanks Marj,

    I found that track and went up there, but maybe it was too windy or too late, or I am blind, but i did not see any.
    I will just go back a few times until i do see them, ha ha.

    steve 🙂

    Comment by admin — June 12, 2009 @ 2:46 am

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