Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 23, 2010

Dubbo Bird Photography 1

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Talbragar River Reserve

I had about a week in Newcastle then set off yesterday afternoon heading west. I made it to Cassilis Park Rest Area where I camped for the night. Its about 45 kilometres west of Merriwa. In the morning I carried on towards Dubbo and stopped off at the Talbragar River Reserve, which is a few kilometers along the Old Mendooran Road, off the Golden Highway. Beni State Conservation is at the corner of the highway if you want to go there as well. You can get a Bird Routes of the Dubbo District pamphlet from the Tourist Information Centre in Dubbo if you like or download it from the Dubbo Field Naturalists website .

It was pretty late in the morning for me, nearly eleven o’clock, but I decided to get out the camera and have a look anyway. There were a few of your standard birds like Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Galahs, Willy Wagtails and magpies, as well as a few Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. I was hearing this whingy call from the other side of the river, so I went over there. I was thinking it was either Apostlebirds or bowerbirds. I did not think of the other bird that have this kind of call – the babblers. It ened up being Apostlebirds, although there were a couple of White-browed Babblers who were hanging out with the Apostlebirds, seemingly arguing and looking for the same kind of food on the ground. This Apostlebird had what looks like a grasshopper on the wire fence.

Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

I also saw a pair of Peaceful Doves who were calling quite plaintively. A Sacred Kingfisher was on a branch over the river waiting for a feed, and there were a few Striped Honeyeaters feeding on the gum trees. This one was trying to get at some kind of leaf curling insect or bug.

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Talbragar River Reserve bird list

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Willy Wagtail
Australian Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Crested Pigeon
White-plumed Honyeater
Superb Fairy-wren
Australian Wood Duck
Peaceful Dove
Sacred Kingfisher
Eastern Rosella
Striped Honeyeater
White-browed Babbler

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