Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 8, 2019

South of West Australia

Filed under: General — Tags: — admin @ 3:53 am

Southern Coast of Western Australia

I headed south from Norseman towards Esperance. Then I headed east along the coast to the Duke of Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach.

Duke of Orleans Bay


Duke of Orleans Bay

Just west of there is Wharton Beach and Little Wharton Beach. These are the islands from Little Wharton Beach.

Little Wharton Beach view


Little Wharton Beach view

Then I went back to Esperance and had a look at Lake Monjingup.

Lake Monjingup


Lake Monjingup

Next stop is Stokes National Park, about 80 kilometers west of Esperance. They have a really nice camp ground and the fishing is supposed to be terrific. Black Bream – yum yum.

Strange seed pod


Strange seed pod

The water seemed to be really high. These paperbarks were looking pretty soaked.

Stokes Inlet


Stokes Inlet

Northern Fitzerald Biosphere

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 3:23 am

Fitzerald Biosphere

After getting petrol and supplies at Ravensthorpe, I decided to go along the Old Ongerup Road and see if I could see something along the western Boundary of the Fitzerald River National Park. I stopped at the West River. There was a little bit of water in it. As soon as I got out of the car, I saw a Restless Flycatcher, then up the road a bit some action.

Black-faced Woodswallow


Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus cinereus)

The names of this and the masked have been switched to confuse the unwary.

Inland Thornbill


Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis apicalis)

And finally I found an Inland Thornbill. You can tell by the reddish eye, chocolate rump, and black subterminal tail band.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

There was nowhere to camp near the West River, so I moved on and found a road into the national park, but it just kept on going forever with no roads off and endless vistas of heath country, so I turned around and went back to the highway and found a camp at the Old Fitzgerald School. In the morning I got up early and could hear this screeching.

Regent Parrot  - male


Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)

This is a male Regent Parrot, with the golden front.

Regent Parrot  - female


Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) – female

The female is a much duller green.

Regent Parrot


Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)

In flight showing the dark underwings.

Purple-crowned Lorikeet


Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)

These lorikeets were so noisy, sort of annoying a bit.

Purple-crowned Lorikeet


Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)

Fitzgerald biosphere bird list

Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus cinereus)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis apicalis)
Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis)
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
Silvereye
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)
Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)
Yellow-throated Miner
New Holland Honeyeater

February 7, 2019

Stokes Inlet Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 5:26 am

Stokes National Park

Last night the wind was howling so hard that I just slept out off the highway and did not even bother to cook dinner. In the morning I woke up at 5am and drove to Stokes Inlet – Benwenerup . I found a walking trail and wandered along it for nearly a kilometer.

Western Wattlebird


Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)

Brush Bronzewing


Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans)

Then I went down to the picnic area next to the lake. A screaming bunch of New Holland Honeyeaters and Brown Honeyeaters were attacking a flowering gum tree.

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Australian Raven


Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)

A decent shot of the western sub-species perplexus at last.

Eastern Osprey


Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

There were three Eastern Osprey soaring over the picnic area for a while.

Red Wattlebird


Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata woodwardi)

This western sub-species woodwardi has massive wattles and is chomping on what looks like a grasshopper.

Silvereye


Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis chloronotus)

The western race chlornotus with the yellow undertail.

Sacred Kingfisher


Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

On the way out I stopped at this creek near the entrance to the national park. There was a big mob of Rainbow Bee-eaters and this Sacred Kingfisher with the unusual rufous and black scalloping on the belly.

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

At Munglingup, I stopped at the roadhouse for a feed and spotted a couple of Galahs feeding on some dropped grain where the trucks park. The Galah western sub-species roseicapilla has a broad crest, blue-grey orbital skin, and the pink cheek contrasts with the paler hindneck.

Stokes Inlet bird list

Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata woodwardi)
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans)
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis chloronotus)
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis mellori)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa preissi)
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae longirostris)
Australian Magpie
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Silver Gull
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

February 6, 2019

Lake Monjingup Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 3:06 am

Lake Monjingup Reserve

I did escape from Esperance yesterday afternoon but I am back here again this morning processing these photos. Lake Monjingup Reserve is about 15 kilometers east of Esperance.

Musk Duck  - female


Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) – female

Grey Fantail


Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa preissi)

These Grey Fantails around here have a bit of rufous in the chest and belly.

Black-fronted Dotterel


Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Little Pied Cormorant


Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Little Pied Cormorant

Hoary-headed Grebe


Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus )

Adult breeding.

Western Wattlebird


Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)

Western Australia endemic bird.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae melanops)

I thought there was a Western sub-species but this is the same one as back east. There is a sub-species subpallida in the Gascoyne region up north.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa chrysorhoa)

Lake Monjingup bird list

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa preissi)
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus )
Australasian Grebe
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)
Chestnut Teal
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Australian White Ibis
White-faced Heron
Little Pied Cormorant
New Holland Honeyeater
Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)
Grey Butcherbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae melanops)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa chrysorhoa)
Crested Pigeon
Australian Magpie

February 5, 2019

Condingup and Alexander Bay

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 5:14 am

East of Esperance

It has been so long since my last post that I forget what I have done. My first stop was at Condingup, about 60 kilometers west of Esperance. I camped near there for the night with wild blustery winds. In the morning it was much nicer so I went for a walk around the bush near the camp ground. I did manage to see a few good birds and eventually found a huge mob of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. The noise was incredible. There would have been about fifty of them in a mob.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo


Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)

On the way out of town, I spotted a Red-capped Parrot on the electric wires. A juvenile.

Red-capped Parrot  - juvenile


Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius) – juvenile

I went to Wharton Beach next and did some tourist things and even went for a swim and washed all the dead bugs off my car bonnet. Next stop was Alexander Bay. I was not expecting much but it ended up being really good.

Gilbert's Honeyeater


Gilbert’s Honeyeater (Melithreptus chlorospis)

There were a few Gilbert’s Honeyeaters hanging around with the New Holland Honeyeater in the flowering gum trees. I just looked up into a tree and there they were.

Hooded Plover


Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus tregallasi)

Finally I have seen a Hooded Plover. I have been looking for one for months. There was only one adult but that is enough. woohoo! And it is the western sub-species tregallasi.

Fairy Tern - adult breeding


Fairy Tern (Sternula nereis) – adult breeding

A solitaryu Fairy Tern on the blustery windy beach, flying up and down looking for some fish.

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina melanocephala obscura)

This is the western sub-species obscura.

Australian Hobby


Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)

Brush Bronzewing


Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans)

Dusky Woodswallow


Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus perthi)

The western sub-species perthi and a juvenile with the streaky chest and head.

East of Esperance bird list

Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris)
Gilbert’s Honeyeater (Melithreptus chlorospis)
Fairy Tern (Sternula nereis) – adult breeding
Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus tregallasi)
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina melanocephala obscura)
Australian Raven
Red Wattlebird
Pacific Gull
Brush Bronzewing
Singing Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus perthi)
Silvereye
Sooty Oystercatcher
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
White-browed Scrubwren
Welcome Swallow
Common Sandpiper

February 2, 2019

Woody Lake Esperance

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 3:37 am

Kepwari Walk Trail

Yesterday afternoon I went to Woody Lake, just out of Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia. It was very productive. I saw the Western Australian endemic, the Western Wattlebird as soon as I got out of my car. They were everywhere feeding on the banksias. As well as the water birds around the lake, there were numerous bush birds in the surrounding heathlands.

Western Wattlebird


Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)

Western Whistler


Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)

Yep. That is a tick.

Grey Currawong


Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)

Juvenile with yellow gape.

Grey Fantail


Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa preissi)

The western subspecies preissi.

White-browed Scrubwren


White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis mellori)

The western ssp have dark-streaked underparts and black subterminal tail band.

Silvereye


Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis chloronotus)

The western chloronotus subspecies has green mantle and yellow undertail-coverts.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Note the brown flanks in wa ssp.

Black Swan


Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Nankeen Night-heron


Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

New Holland Honeyeater


New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae longirostris)

The western subspecies longirostris. They are very common, especially around coastal heathlands.

Sacred Kingfisher


Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

Willie Wagtail


Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)

Esperance bird list

Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata)
Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa preissi)
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae longirostris)
Australian Magpie
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis chloronotus)
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis mellori)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Silver Gull
White-faced Heron
Australian Pelican
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

February 1, 2019

Great Western Woodlands 2

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 8:23 am

Bromus Dam

These are the rest of the photos from Bromus Dam that I took this morning.

Scaly-backed Magpie


Scaly-backed Magpie – Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen dorsalis)

This is the western sub-species of the Australian Magpie.

Brown-headed Honeyeater


Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris leucogenys)

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)

Adult and immature Pied Butcherbirds

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)

This kid was dragging out some shade cloth from a log. Why?

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Maybe a Brown Honeyeater. Yep I was right. hooray!

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Bromus Dam bird list

Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)
Scaly-backed Magpie – Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen dorsalis)
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus substriatus)
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptiltula ornata)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris leucogenys)
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae longirostris)
Willie Wagtail
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Great Western Woodlands

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 7:01 am

Norseman and Dromus Dam

I crossed the border into Western Australia but still had hundreds of kilometers to get to Norseman. The sun is up early here in the west – 5am. So I gotta get up two hours early, But the sun goes down at 7pm. So that evens it out a bit. I managed to photograph a couple of wedgies on the side of the road, so that was a bonus.

Wedge-tailed Eagle


Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

I stayed a couple of days at Norseman. I even had hot showers at the tourist info place. Thank you very much. They were very nice and helpful there. The area is called the Great Western Woodlands.

White-eared Honeyeater


White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis novaenorciae)

This morning I took off a whole thirty kilometers to the south and stopped at Bromus Dam. I have no idea why there is water in this dam, because all the other water bodies are dry dry dry.

Australian Raven


Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)

This is the western sub-species, perplexus, of the Australian Raven.

Port Lincoln Parrot


Port Lincoln Parrot

Whiskered Tern


Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

This is a breeding adult with the black belly and red bill. This was the only one on the dam and he was constantly fishing for the little fish in the dam.

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

I think this is a Brown Goshawk but it could easily be a Collared Sparrowhawk. doh! EDIT: It was a Collared Sparrowhawk. Thanks to Mr John Tongue for the ID. 🙂

Red Wattlebird


Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata woodwardi)

This is the western sub-species woodwardi.

Weebill


Weebill ( Smicrornis brevirostris)

Maybe a thornbill?. EDIT: doh , wrong again.

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater


Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptiltula ornata)

Brumby Mare


Brumby Mare

There were lots of wild horse tracks in the area. I saw three – a mare with a colt and a stallion.

Far West Western Australia bird list

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis novaenorciae)
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)
Port Lincoln Parrot
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans )
Silvereye
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata woodwardi)
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Willie Wagtail
Weebill ( Smicrornis brevirostris)

January 30, 2019

From the Eyre Peninsula to the Nullarbor

Filed under: General — Tags: — admin @ 5:05 am

South Australia tourist photos

From the Eyre Peninsualar to the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Here are some tourist photos taken on my very cheap ($20) point and shoot camera.

Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk


Cowell Mangrove Boardwalk

Boat and tractor


Boat and tractor

This is how they get working boats into the water in South Australia. No mucking around!

Big Swamp


Big Swamp

A very old tree at the edge of the swamp.

Massive stingray


Massive stingray

I saw this massive stingray in an estuary near Farm Beach. It was massive, nearly a meter across.

Lake Newlands


Lake Newlands

All the water bodies were dried out. Sad, very sad.

Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay


Woolshed Caves near Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay beach


Streaky Bay beach

Start of the Nullarbor


Start of the Nullarbor

1200 kilometers from Ceduna to Norseman. It took me three days with no radio, no cd player. yawn.

The nullarbor road


The nullarbor road

Straight and flat.

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

Bird and Waves

Filed under: Birds,Surfing — Tags: — admin @ 4:22 am

Far West Coast – South Australia

I spent a few days at Elliston. The weather was incredibly hot so I spent the most of the day swimming and having cold showers. Then I moved on to Smoky Bay where there were a few birds on the mangroves and rock shelfs to the east of the boat ramp.

Rock Parrot


Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)

This was the only photo worth showing from Smoky Bay. These Rock Parrots were feeding in the mangroves right next to the ocean.

Oyster farms


Oyster farms

Huge oyster plots in the bay.

Cactus Beach Right-hander


Cactus Beach Right-hander

I stopped in at Cactus Beach. This is the right-hander, I think it is called Caves.

Cactus left


Cactus left

Great Australian Bight


Great Australian Bight

I stopped off at a few look-outs along the Great Australian Bight to take some photos.

Waves along the beach


Waves along the beach

Looking into the sun


Looking into the sun

Far West Coast bird list

Silver Gull
Grey Plover
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Singing Honeyeater
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)
Red-capped Plover
Pacific Gull
Pied Cormorant
Grey Teal

« Newer PostsOlder Posts »

Powered by WordPress