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April 29, 2009

Macquarie Marshes Bird Photography 090412

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Bird Photography at Macquarie Marshes – 12th April, 2009

It was Sunday, so we went for a drive along Gibson Way. We stopped at Monkeygah Creek for some Zebra Finch and Plum-headed Finch(Neochmia modesta) action on the fence wires.

Plum-headed Finch

Further on, we stopped in a wooded paddock for some Eastern Yellow Robins, Red-capped Robins, and saw this magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle(Aquila audax) with a stunning head/crown feathers display. Did I mention it was drizzling with rain most of the time?

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Also seen in the paddocks was this White-winged Triller(Lalage tricolor).

White-winged Triller

And, a female Red-capped Robin(Petroica goodenovii).

Red-capped Robin

At Sandy Camp, we stopped and saw some Red-winged Parrots that were totally drenched, and a Pallid Cuckoo(Cuculus pallidus).

Pallid Cuckoo

At Sandy Camp, we turned left towards Ninia Nature Reserve, which is on the road towards Carinda, as far as I know. I never went to Carinda along this road. It is a dirt road. We stopped at Narnia and saw Mistletoebirds, rufous whistlers, Striated Pardalotes and this Grey Shrike-Thrush(Colluricincla harmonica). This bird is also commonly called a GST. 🙂 Edit: No, its not. Its a Female Rufous Whistler. doh!

Grey Shrike-thrush

A wondrous Australian Hobby(Falco longipennis) was sitting on the fence trying to dry itself out as we went back to camp.

Australian Hobby

It was raining more and more and on the way back to the camp we were slipping and sliding over the greasy outback road. Up ahead Captain Jack was sideways across the road with a bung battery, so we jump started his car, then pushed him onto the road. We continued on at about 5kph because the road was so slippery in the rain. Luckily we made it back to camp after much stress and anxiety.

One of the cars suffered a broken transmission and had to be towed to Quambone for repairs. It was quite a memorable day. Life in the outback is quite bizarre! I would not recommeng going to Macquarie Marshes when it is raining as the roads are quite impassible in the wet.

Bird Species List, macquarie marshes, 12/4/09

Plum-headed Finch
Zebra Finch
Black-faced Woodswallow
Red-winged Parrot
Eastern Yellow Robin
Australian Ringneck, race barnardi
Singing Honeyeater
Red-capped Robin
Wedge-tailed Eagle
White-winged Triller
Australian Hobby
White-breasted Woodswallow
Pallid Cuckoo
Mistletoebird
Grey-crowned Babbler
Rufous Whistler
Southern Whiteface
Striated Pardalote
Grey Shrike-thrush

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