Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 14, 2011

Galgabba Point Return

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 11:52 am

Back to the Roots.

I am now back in Newcastle for a few days. This morning I got on the push-bike and treadled down to Galgabba Point to have a walk along the track. The first thing I spotted was some weird fungi that were growing out of the path.

White Fungi

Then I walked further down the track past the Bellbird colony. I spotted a lot of blue objects in the bush to the side of the track, so I walked in to investigate. At first I thought it was an old bower of a Satin Bowerbird, but I did spot a male bowerbird up in the tree near the bower and heard him grizzling for a while. There was a Whipbird going off right next to it.

Satin Bowerbird Bower
Satin Bowerbird bower

The Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) male has striking glossy blue-black feathers, a pale bluish-white bill and a bright violet-blue iris. Females are olive green with scalloped green and dark fronts. They are found along the east coast of Australia and prefer wetter forest. They feed mostly on fruits and insects. The male decorates a bower built of sticks and collects blue objects to spread around outside to lure any impressionable females.

Satin Bowerbird bower

The video I took is mostly relevant for the audio of the Eastern Whipbird call, as well as the calls of the Bell Miners that are constantly calling.

Whipbird, Bell Miner Audio with Bower

I walked the rest of the way to the lake but did not manage to spot many birds except a mob of Red-browed Finch.

Lake Macquarie
Lake Macquarie

Galgabba Point bird list

Little Wattlebird
Noisy Miner
Australian Magpie
Crested Pigeon
Red-browed Finch
Bell Miner
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird
Black Swan
Australian Pelican
Eastern Whipbird


  1. What wonderful audio!

    Comment by Cindy — December 14, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  2. thanks cindy..


    Comment by admin — December 15, 2011 @ 5:50 am

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