Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 20, 2014

Griffith Birding 2014

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 1:03 am

Lake Wyangan.

At last some photos of birds. I had been waiting for ages to take some photos of the Australian Ringnecks around the parks of Griffith. I just never got the camera out at the right time. They seem to come around the main park in Griffith town and at the picnic area out at Lake Wyangan.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

There are quite a few races of Australian Ringneck and the nominate race has a distribution around South Australia. This one is the Eastern Ringneck or the Mallee Ringneck, race barnardi. They have a red patch above the eyes and a yellow band on the stomach, as well as a yellow band on the back.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

Spotted Harrier
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I got quite a surprise seeing this circling high up over the lake. I thought it was a Whistling Kite at first but after a good look at the under wings and the patch on the face, I concluded this must be a juvenile Spotted Harrier.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigragularis)

This is an immature bird.


  1. Hi Steve
    I stumbled upon your site with delight, while I have been researching bird structure and movement. I love the way I can see every feather on your shots, as well as character of movement of the birds. Ta.

    Comment by Sue Whittaker — August 20, 2014 @ 9:37 am

  2. thanks sue,

    that ringneck was stretching both tail and wing feathers wide out.
    you can see all the feathers really well.


    Comment by admin — August 21, 2014 @ 12:11 am

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