Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 3, 2019

Highbury to Narrogin

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Western Wheatbelt

From the Wellington Dam, I hoofed it to Collie where I had a pizza for lunch! Then on to Wagin after camping out by the Collie River. All the lakes around Wagin were dry as dust so I headed north to Highbury where I camped for the night. In the morning I went for a walk along the railway line. After breakfast I kept on going north and walked around the Railway Dam at Narrogin.

Twenty-eight Parrot


Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)

There are a few intergrade Port Lincoln Parrots around here too. I was quite surprised to see them this far west. Oh no, my book says they are pretty much this far west. doh!

Black-capped Sitella  - female


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – female

This is the Western sub-species pilatea. The female has a black cap on top and the male has a black cap covering the eyes down to the chin.

Black-capped Sitella  - male


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – male

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

This western sub-species has got a very pink head!

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

This western race chrysorrhoa has got a pale eye and brown flanks.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Very colourful.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

I could not resist the Big Close Up of the knees and feet of this neolithic bird.

Wheatbelt bird list

Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea)
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Eurasian Coot
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)
Australian Magpie
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

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