Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 27, 2015

Desert Textures

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Northern Territory Birding

Just after I filled up with petrol at Kulgera, I spotted a Brown Falcon sitting in a tree right by the road. So I had to stop and photograph him through the window of the car. It is funny how they let you photograph them from inside the car but as soon as you get out, they fly away.

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

Desert Oaks Rest Area was a great place to stay. Plenty of shade and plenty of room. The Northern Territory has heaps better rest areas than South Australia. The rest areas from Port Augusta on the Stuart Highway on the South Australian side are disgraceful.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

In the morning I saw this Dingo near the road. It was the first one I had seen in the wild.

Dingo
Dingo (Canis lupus)

Finke River is an ancient river – millions of years old. It occasionally has water in it. I have no idea when. It is so dry in the center.

Grey-crowned Babbler
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

This French guy had a gecko on his head and showed me. So I took a photo of it. Geckos of Australia site . Possibly Gehyra versicolor – Eastern tree dtella

gecko
Gecko – Eastern tree dtella ?

These Red-tailed Black-cockatoo were on the other side of the bridge.

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo

Mount Polhill is last rest area before Alice Springs. About sixty kilometers south of Alice Springs. It is a very tiny little area that is full up tonight. First sight of Budgerigars here. There are big flocks of them flying around willy-nilly like they are crazy.

Budgerigar
Budgerigar

This Diamond Dove wanted a drink at the water tank.

Diamond Dove
Diamond Dove

Northern Territory bird list

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Grey-crowned Babbler
Weebill
Australian Ringneck – race zonarius (Port Lincoln Parrot)
Maybe Red-browed Pardalote ??
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
Mulga Parrot
Willy Wagtail
Budgerigar
Diamond Dove
Zebra Finch
Red-capped Robin
Black-faced Woodswallow
Rufous Whistler
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Gecko
Dingo

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