Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 7, 2013

Monaro Birds

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ACT to Monaro Birding.

Approaching Canberra, the national capital, I stopped off at Rowe’s Lagoon for the afternoon. There were heaps of Purple Swamphens and a couple of Grey Teals but not much else.

Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

White-backed Magpie
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)

The next day I stopped at Numeralla for the night and was quite surprised to see some southern race tyranica of Australian Magpies, the White-backed Magpie. I thought they would be in Victoria. Before Canberra were the nominate race, tibicen, and then near Cooma there were race tyranica. This one is an adult male.

White-backed Magpie
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)

This is probably a juvenile or a female White-backed Magpie. They are not so clean but have a mottley grey back and a scraggly front.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

This Black-shouldered Kite had a nest right near the rest area. It was roosting near the river in the evening and was there again the next morning.

Monaro Birds list

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
Crimson Rosella
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
White-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen tyranica)
Australian Raven
Grey Currawong
Magpie-lark
Purple Swamphen
Grey Teal
Black-fronted Dotterel
Welcome Swallow
Galah
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Nankeen Kestrel

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