Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 25, 2010

Dubbo Birding 3

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Devil’s Bend

Some people call it Devil’s Bend and some call it Devil’s Hole. Anyway, it is at the end of Brisbane Street in Dubbo, just about where it meets the Newell Highway heading to Gilgandra. I parked the van up the top near the picnic area and walked down the track. There were cars flying in and out kicking up heaps of dust. I was not impressed to say the least. When I got down to the river bank there were some 4WD’s pulling out some hoons car that had gone over the edge. It was quite a ridiculous scene. There were heaps of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos flying around screeching their heads off as well, and hoons in utes roaring around chucking wheelies. It was like a scene from Dante’s “Inferno” – extremely bizarre.

Luckily I managed to keep a cool head and take some photos of a White-breasted Woodswallow and a Willy Wagtail sharing a barbed wire fence. Later on they had an altercation and I think the Willy Wagtail chased the woodswallow away.

White-breasted Woodswallow and Willy Wagtail
White-breasted Woodswallow and Willy Wagtail

There were about three Little Corellas on top of a tree and a family of Pacific Black Ducks floated past on the stinky weedy river.

Pacific Black Duck & babies
Pacific Black Duck

Talbragar River Reserve

I went back to Talbragar River Reserve this morning hoping to see a whole bunch of exciting new birds. I saw one I had not seen for a while, a Little Friarbird. Plus I managed to spot a Wedge-tailed Eagle sitting on top of a dead tree way off in a paddock. It was a shame I could not get any closer, he was a very dark one.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike were flying around playing chasies like they were combat fighters. I have never seen such superb flying. I guess they were young ones at play. On the way back I spotted this massive spider chomping down on a fly.

spider
Spider with fly

Devils Bend Bird list

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Magpie-lark
Red-rumped Parrot
Willy Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Eastern Rosella
Peaceful Dove
White-breasted Woodswallow
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Common Starling
Crested Pigeon
Little Corella
White-plumed Honeyeater

Talbragar River Reserve bird list

Eastern Rosella
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crested Pigeon
Willy Wagtail
Apostlebird
Peaceful Dove
Australian Raven
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
White-plumed Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird

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