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March 24, 2010

Dubbo Birding 2

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Three Bridges Riverbank Walk

To do the 3 Bridges Riverbank Walk in Dubbo, park behind the information centre and walk across the river and follow the track on the other side and come back on the third bridge. Its quite a good walk with lots of River Red Gums and pine trees along the river and the track. There were lots of feral pigeons flying around the railway bridge. They seem to love bridges for some reason. Maybe because they nest under them. There were not a lot of water birds on the river, just a few Australian Wood Ducks and some Purple Swamphens. Around the second bridge I saw what I thought were some Noisy Miners, but on closer inspection they turned out to be Yellow-throated Miners. You do not usually find them on the coast, they like the drier inland country.

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

Further along I came quite close to a mob of Red-rumped Parrots who were feeding on the grass by the river. I was about two meters away from them before they realized there was a very close human nearby. It was too dark at this stage to get a photo, so they missed out this time. All in all, its a good walk and probably best in the early morning. There was a wide variety of bird life, but watch out for the joggers and dog walkers!

Goonoo SCA

The Goonoo State Conservation Area is out along the Mendooran Road. Take the Newell Highway north towards Gilgandra and turn off at Brocklehurst. It is supposedly home to the Mallee Fowl, but this is the only sign of it that I saw.

mallee Fowl
Mallee Fowl

In the morning I woke up to a chorus of Magpie-larks and a curious young Grey Butcherbird. Then there was the noisy Galahs wheeling overhead. When I went for a walk in the scrub, all I spotted were some Noisy Friarbirds. The country is mainly dry with that pines and ironbark combination that is popular with outback dry habitats. I walked up the road a bit and followed a dry creek bed a few hundred meters. There were some Eastern Rosellas, Yellow-throated Miners, Common Bronzewing and a mob of white-winged Choughs.

fungus
Some fungus coming up out of the rock-hard road

Riverbank walk bird list
Rock Dove
Welcome Swallow
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Magpie-lark
Common Starling
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-rumped Parrot
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Magpie
Eastern Rosella
Australian Raven
Australian White Ibis
Willy Wagtail
Yellow-throated Miner
Galah
Purple Swamphen
White-faced Heron

Goonoo SCA bird list

Grey Butcherbird
Magpie-lark
Willy Wagtail
Galah
Noisy Friarbird
Eastern Rosella
Australian Magpie
Common Bronzewing
Yellow-throated Miner
Australian Raven
White-winged Chough
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

2 Comments »

  1. Truly a beautiful bird Steve!! You have the most amazing days!! I am envious!

    Comment by Kerri — March 24, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  2. thanks kerri, 🙂

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — March 25, 2010 @ 1:00 am

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