Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 26, 2019

Gibb River Road

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 3:45 am

Gibb River Road

I drove for 72 kilometers along the Gibb River Road – as far as the bitumen. Nevertheless there were a few good water-holes with some good birds. The first one was an old sand pit where I spotted a pair of Black-necked Storks and had a tick with the Red-collared Lorikeet.

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

This is basically very similar to the Rainbow Lorikeet except with an orangy-red collar.

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli)

The northern sub-species kuhli has a narrow crest and red orbital skin around the eye.

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

Further on, I found a waterhole by the side of the road and there were lots of birds feeding – finches and honeyeaters mainly.

Black Honeyeater


Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)

This was the first time I had seen a male Black Honeyeater. You can hardly miss them.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)

This is sub-species annulosa, which ranges in the north of Australia, east to Gulf of Carpentaria. It has an all-black rump and upper-tail.

Brown Falcon


Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)

Gibb River Road bird list

Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Great Egret
White-necked Stork
Great Bowerbird
Little Friarbird
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli) – narrow crest, red orbital skin
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornata)
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Red-winged Parrot
Brown Honeyeater
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)
Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)
Brown Honeyeater
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Willie Wagtail
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Magpie-lark
Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)

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