Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 1, 2010

From Hay to Robinvale

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 11:11 pm

Hay to Robinvale

From Narrandera I got on to the Sturt Highway and headed for Hay. I stopped in at Hay Park for a rest and there were some Straw-necked Ibis and I spotted something up underneath a water tower. They were juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeaters. They must have had a nest up there somewhere. They were screaming out for some food.

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)

On the road again, I stopped half way to Balranald at Ravensworth truck stop. I could not believe the number of sparrows there were. Way out in the middle of nowhere and they were there feeding away on these outback bushes. There were plenty of seeds for them to feed on, so why not. Most of them seemed to have their mouths full of these seeds.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

I finally made it to Robinvale and stopped at Euston Weir for some breakfast. I could hear this screeching so I got out the camera and this raptor was chasing away all these Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. I had a better look and it had a nest up in a tree. I could not tell if it was a Collared Sparrowhawk or a Brown Goshawk. Could you help to identify this bird, please.

ID please
Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk?

There were some cormorants swimming around on the other side of the weir in the turbulent outflow. A couple of White-faced Herons sat on the railings and further down the river was a bunch of Great Cormorants and Little Black Cormorants.

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

The Yellow Rosella is also known as the Murray Smoker or the Murrumbidgee Lowry. This parrot is found feeding on the eucalyptus blosssoms of Red River Gums on flood plain forests along the mid-Murray, lower Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Darling Rivers. The Yellow Rosella is considered a sub-species of the Crimson Rosella.

Yellow Rosella
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

Further up past the caravan park in Robinvale I stopped for some lunch and this female Red-rumped Parrot roosted really close to me so I had to take her photo.

Red-rumped Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haemaonotus)

Robinvale bird list 31/1/10

Yellow Rosella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Wood Duck
Willy Wagtail
Crested Pigeon
White-faced Heron
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Brown Treecreeper
White-plumed Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater


  1. Great pictures


    Comment by Dan Huber — February 1, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

  2. Thanks Dan.


    Comment by admin — February 2, 2010 @ 7:06 am

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