Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 8, 2019

Mataranka Birding

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Elsey National Park

I am heading south now. I got back to Pine Creek and stayed a night at the old racecourse. The next day I headed to Katherine to do some shopping and fill up with petrol. That night I made it to Stirling Mill, just before Mataranka

Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

At Mataranka I went for a swim at Bitter Springs, where there is a nice thermal pool. In the afternoon I went to find a camp at Jalmurark Camping Area in Elsey National Park which is along the Roper River. In the afternoon I went along the Korowan Walk to Mataranka Falls. In the morning I just went down to the boat ramp which was reasonably good.

Red-backed Fairy-wren

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

Shining Flycatcher  - female

Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – female

Shining Flycatcher  - male

Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – male

Notice how he is not really black but a shiny dark blue.

Grey-tcrowned Babbler

Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

With perfect camouflage.

Mataranka bird list

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Northern Rosella
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Great Bowerbird
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Rufous Whistler
Little Pied Cormorant
Double-barred Finch
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Tawny Frogmouth
Grey-crowned Babbler


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