Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 11, 2019

Exmouth Birding

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Cape Range National Park

I get into Exmouth, fill up with water and food and petrol and head out to the Cape Range National Park. There are a few waves at Dunes surf beach but the wind is onshore and pretty crappy. I find my camp at Mesa Campground and go for a snorkel off the beach but it is no good. There is no coral and the visibility is rubbish.

Sooty Oystercatcher


Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus fuliginosus)

The next night I camp at Yardie Creek Campground. But before I get there I go for a snorkel at Turquoise Bay. There is lots of coral just off the beach and so many fishes. I just love snorkelling but am frustrated because I do not have an underwater camera. doh!

Eastern Osprey


Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

In the afternoon I have a look at the entrance to the creek where there is a pair of Osprey paddling around in the water.

Eastern Reef Egret


Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

This is the light morph. I saw a dark morph at Oyster Stacks whilst snorkelling. I was about two meters away from him in the water.

Crested Pigeon


Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)

I had this Crested Pigeon really close to me while I was having a snooze under the tree. It was like it was tame. Then he brought the whole family to squat in my camp site.

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)

The next morning I go for a walk along the Yardie Gorge Trail. It is only short, less than a kilometer but there was lots to see.

Western Bowerbird


Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)

You can see the pinky-purple nachal at the back of his head.

Wedge-tailed Eagle


Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

Australian Bustard


Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

I do not know how he got here.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

This looks like a young one.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

Stuck on a ledge way up high.

Carlia munda


Carlia munda

This is a skink.

Yellow-spotted Monitor - maybe


Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii) or Yellow-spotted Monitor (Varanus panoptes rubidus)

Exmouth bird list

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Silver Gull
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus fuliginosus)
Little Pied Cormorant
Singing Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)
Brown Honeyeater
Magpie-lark
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)
Little Corella
Welcome Swallow

Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)
Euro/Wallaroo ??
Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii) or Yellow-spotted Monitor (Varanus panoptes rubidus)
Carlia munda

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