Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 29, 2018

Bicheno to Eaglehawk Neck

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South East Tasmania

These are my tourist photos going down the east coast of Tasmania. The first stop after St Helens was the little village of Falmouth, where I got some nice photos of some Red-capped Plovers. Then I went further south to Lagoons Beach where I camped for the night.

Lagoons Beach
Lagoons Beach

Next stop was at Bicheno where it rained most of the time. Governors Island was out the headlands and had a whole bunch of sea-birds roosting. And it was a good place for roosting boats as well.

Governor Island - Bicheno
Governor Island – Bicheno

And the other side of the island was rough as anything.

Seaward side of Governor Island
Seaward side of Governor Island

I carried on south down to Friendly Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula. It was a great camping spot but my car battery died on me and I had to get a jump start and buy a new battery.

Friendly Beach
Friendly Beach

At Triabunna I stopped behind the pub for the night and in the morning had breakfast at Orford. The morning was miserable and raining and drizzling.

Orford beach
Orford beach

I do not know why I took the boat to Maria Island. It rained most of the time I was on the island. But luckily I did get a few good photos.

Maria Island boat
Maria Island boat

Here is the view of Triabunna from the arse end of the boat.

Maria Island creek and harbour
Maria Island creek and harbour

Next stop after a camp at the Dunalley pub was Eaglehawk Neck. I was quite surprised how beautiful it was.

Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula
Stunning view of the Tasman Peninsula

The beaches looked nice except it was too cold for a swim. brrrr..

Eaglehawk Neck beach
Eaglehawk Neck beach

I did the tourist thing and looked at the Tasselated Pavement State Reserve and then on to Tasman’s Arch which was quite spectacular.

Tasman's Arch
Tasman’s Arch

And Devil’s Kitchen which was very scary to look down at.

Devil's Kitchen
Devil’s Kitchen

November 28, 2018

Triabunna Tasmania

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Triabunna and Maria Island

When I got to Triabunna, I went for a drive along the coast a bit south and found a flowering gum full of Musk Lorikeets feeding.

Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet ( Glossopsitta concinna didimus )

And some Little Wattlebirds.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera tasmanica )

Then I came back to Triabunna and went for a walk along the Maclaines Estuary near Dead Man’s Island.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala leachi)

This morning I had breakfast near the beach at Orford and saw some Noisy Miners, local race leachi. As well as some southern race Australian Magpies, race tyrannica if I remember correctly. (Nearly right).

Scarlet Robin
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang leggii)

I was not sure if I was going to Maria Island on the boat but I decided that I would. I am glad I did because I got a couple of decent shots but it rained most of the time and it was miserable. I got soaked. 🙁

Cape Barren Goose
Cape Barren Goose ( Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

Black Currawong
Black Currawong (Strepera fulignosa )

The Black Currawong is a Tasmanian endemic. I have been looking for it for a week.

Flinders Island Wombat
Flinders Island Wombat (Vombatus ursinus ursinus)

This is the Flinders Island sub-species of the Common Wombat. They are much lighter and blonder.

Triabunna and Maria Island bird list

Musk Lorikeet
Little Wattlebird
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Chestnut Teal
White-faced Heron
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala leachi)
Australian Magpie, race tyrannicus ??
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Tasmanian Native-hen
Silvereye
Scarlet Robin
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)
Cape Barren Goose
Black Currawong

Flinders Island Wombat
Tasmanian Pademelon
Forester Kangaroo

November 27, 2018

Friendly Beaches

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Freycinet National Park

After a couple of rain-soaked days at Bicheno, I moved south to Freycinet National Park. First stop was the Friendly Beaches camp ground. In the morning I wandered around with the camera. There were not a great deal of birds around but I was fortunate enough to get some photos of Tasmanian Thornbills.

Tasmanian Thornbill
Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii)

This is definitely a Tasmanian Thornbill with the rufous edges to the primaries. I have been searching for them for a week now. Finally I found them.

Tasmanian Thornbill
Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii)

And another shot just to make sure.

Forest Raven
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)

I have been seeing lots of Forest Ravens around but never had the camera to take some photos. Finally I got some average photos. The light is pretty atrocious.

Forest Raven
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)

Silvereye
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)

And the ever-present Silvereye.

red-necked wallaby
red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)

Also known as the Bennett’s wallaby.

red-necked wallaby  - joey
red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)

Here is a joey drinking some of mum’s milk. “A female bears one offspring at a time; the young stay in the pouch for about 280 days, after which females and their offspring stay together for only a month.” (wiki)

Freycinet National Park bird list

Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii)
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)
Superb Fairy-wren
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)
Silver Gull
Australian Pied Oystercatcher

November 25, 2018

Scamander to Bicheno

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East Coast of Tasmania

It is hard for me to remember what has been going on. After morning in St Helens I headed south to Scamander hoping to see some surf there at the river-mouth but the ocenan was raging with onshore winds and squally weather.

Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

At Falmouth beach I found a bunch of Red-capped Plovers near the outlet for the lagoon. It seems there are a lot of lagoons on the east coast of Tasmania.

Pacific Gull
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus pacificus)

This is a big close up of a Pacific Gull just to show you the diagnostic bill, which is massive and has 2 red tips on top and bottom of the bill.

Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)

There are so many Australian Pied Oystercatchers around. It is too easy to get a photo of one. After that I dropped in at 4 mile creek, where there were a few waves being ridden.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae novaehollandiae)

At Lagoons Beach Coastal Reserve I managed to get a photo of the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, which would be the shorter billed Tasmanian sub-species.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

These Dusky Woodswallows were huddled up together for a bit of warmth. I did not blame them. It was freezing.

Black-faced Cormorant
Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens)

At Bicheno I went around to the Governor Island Marine Reserve and found a bunch of Black-faced Cormorants on a rock in the sea.

Crested Tern
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

These Crested Terns were on the adjacent rock.

South-east Coast Tasmania bird list

Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens)
Pacific Gull
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxema)
Australian Pelican
Great Cormorant
Australian Shelduck
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae novaehollandiae)
Superb Fairy-wren
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

November 24, 2018

St Helens Tasmania

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Kings Park – St Helens

It has been raining non-stop for 2 days and it has just stopped this morning. The sun is out and I was able to go out and take some photos. I went to Kings Park which is on a hill above the harbour in St Helens. I had seen a Green Rosella there the previous day while I was cooking my dinner in the rain at the barbecue. But this morning I did not see any.

Yellow Wattlebird
Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)

Here is a good close-up of the wattles of the Yellow Wattlebird. Also showing the bright yellow stomach.

Yellow Wattlebird yelling
Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)

I did get some great photos of some Yellow Wattlebirds who hung around for quite a while posing for me nicely.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera tasmanica)

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus cinereus)

This is the local Tasmanian sub-species. I cannot work out the difference.

Caspian Tern  - adult breeding
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) – adult breeding.

This Caspian Tern had a nice fish.

St Helens Bird List

Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa)
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera tasmanica)
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus cinereus)
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Silver Gull
Australian Pelican
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Little Black Cormorant
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) adult breeding.
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla diemenensis)

November 21, 2018

Going to Tasmania

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North-east Tasmania Tourist photos

I took the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne to Devonport.

Getting on the boat
Getting on the boat

Lining up to get on the boat.

View from ship
View from ship

The view from the top deck of the ferry of cars getting ready to come on the boat.

Leaving Melbourne
Leaving Melbourne

Setting off from the port of Melbourne. St Kilda is to the right up the coast.

Leaving the mainland
Leaving the mainland

the Spirit of Tasmania
the Spirit of Tasmania

This is the other ferry coming the other way, halfway across Bass Strait.

Arriving at Devonport
Arriving at Devonport

There was a very nice bow wave. The weather was really nice and no big seas. I am hoping for a calm sea on the way back. Fingers crossed. As soon as I got off the ferry I headed east and stayed at Port Sorel that night.

Narawntapu National Park
Narawntapu National Park

This is the view from my camp ground at Bakers Point in the Narawntapu National Park. Very nice indeed.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

Just north of Launceston, I stopped at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. They have kilometers of boardwalk and it is a highly recommended walk.

Lilydale Falls Creek
Lilydale Falls Creek

It had rained last night so the creek was powering down the hill.

Lilydale Falls
Lilydale Falls

A small waterfall with plenty of water coming down it.

Lilydale Tasmania

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Lilydale Falls Reserve

I got all my photos processed in Launceston but at what cost? The parking there is horrendous. I had to park in a paying spot but I had no money for the meter and there were no parking spots anywhere. What a nightmare. My advice is to avoid Launceston like the plague. I skirted around the edges later on and got to the road to Lilydale. I was going to camp out in the bush but the spot I had thought of had dumped cars and looked really suss, so I drove all the way to Lilydale. Late in the evening it started to drizzle and during the night it rained pretty well the whole night. This morning it had stopped so I went for a walk up the the falls along the track.

Green Rosella  - male
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) – male

thornbill
Thornbill

I am not sure which one. Either Tasmanian or Brown Thornbill. I am awaiting experts opinion. Super bad photo but. doh!

Silvereye
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)

A few Silvereyes foraging along the train tracks.

A tranquil rural scene
A tranquil rural scene

Lilydale Falls Reserve bird list

Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)
Tasmanian Scrubwren (Sericornis humilis)
Grey Fantail
Common Starling
Common Blackbird

November 20, 2018

Launceston Tasmania

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Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

I spent the night at Beaconsfield after driving from the Narawntapu National Park. I stopped at Exeter for a while, then drove north for a look see. This morning I drove south towards Launceston to the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. It is a very well maintained wetlands with a boardwalk that goes for miles and miles. There was not a huge amount of variety but it was a nice walk. The bird hide was excellent. Nice and close to the birds and good views of the mudflats.

Chestnut Teal - male with chicks
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)

A male Chestnut Teal looking after the kids.

Australian Shelduck
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)

Chestnut Teal maybe
Chestnut Teal ?

I think this is a female Chestnut Teal but it could be a Grey Teal. They are very similar. This one was slurping up the mud. yum.

Black Swan and baby
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

A Black Swan with two cygnets feeding on the banks of the estuary.

Swamp Harrier
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)

This Swamp Harrier was huge. It must have been a female. I thought it was a wedgie at first because it was so big.

Australasian Swamphen
Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

Tasmanian Pademelon
Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)

Mumma with a little bub in the pouch.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre bird list

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus xanthanotus )
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Pacific Black Duck
White-faced Heron
Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)
Welcome Swallow
Superb Fairy-wren
European Goldfinch
Silver Gull
Australian Pelican
Common Blackbird
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)
Little Black Cormorant

Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)

Narawntapu National Park 2

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Bakers Point Campground – Narawntapu National Park

In the morning I went for a walk around the Bakers Point Campground. It was a bit quiet but still there were a few good birds. After that, I packed up camp and went to the Archers Knob walking Track to look for the bird hide over the lagoon. But I could not find it. The lagoon was a dead loss with hardly anything in it. doh!

Brush Bronzewing
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps chalcaptera)

This Brush Bronzewing has got a very red patch on the top of his head. Not sure if this is the local sub-species.

Tasmanian Native-hen
Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii)

Hoary-headed Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)

These were about the only things on the lagoon. Sad.

Forest Raven
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)

Really bad photo but I will have to get a better one some other time. doh!

Silvereye
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus xanthanotus )

Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica strigata)

The Tasmanian race strigata collecting twigs. Maybe for a nest.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Common Blackbird
Common Blackbird

Narawntapu National Park bird list

Brush Bronzewing (Phaps chalcaptera)
Superb Fairy-wren
Silvereye
Common Blackbird
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica strigata)
Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii)
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus xanthanotus )
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Pied Cormorant
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)

November 19, 2018

Narawntapu National Park pm

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Bakers Point – Narawntapu National Park

After a morning at Port Sorel, I wandered along the road to the Narawntapu National Park. At the Information Centre I got my free geriatrics pass and paid for a nights camping. I also got a token for a hot shower, which I had this morning. There were a couple of campgrounds for unpowered sites. I chose Bakers Point Campground mainly because there was more shade. In the afternoon I went for a walk around the camp grounds and got some photos of quite a few nice birds. The endemics are coming along quite nicely thanks.

Tasmanian Scrubwren
Tasmanian Scrubwren (Sericornis humilis)

These Tasmanian Scrubwren were on the edge of the saltbush, just near the wooded trees.

Tasmanian Native-hen
Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii)

The first thing I saw when I got to the Narawntapu National Park was a pair of Tasmanian Native-hens.

Green Rosella
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)

This crappy photo of a Green Rosella was quite appropriate because he had the crappiest tail. In fact, he had no tail. The ranger said he might have lost it during the spring mating punch-ups. The Green Rosella or Tasmanian rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) is a species of parrot native to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus xanthanotus )

The Tasmanian race, xanthanotus have more prominent scalloping.

Brown Thornbill
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla diemenensis)

I still have not seen a Tasmanian Thornbill. doh!

Sooty Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)

Plenty of Pied but only one Sooty Oystercatcher.

Tasmanian Pademelon
Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)

A big baby trying to get into his mummy’s pouch. Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) is also known as the rufous-bellied pademelon or red-bellied pademelon.

Narawntapu National Park bird list

Tasmanian Scrubwren (Sericornis humilis)
Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii)
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus xanthanotus )
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis lateralis)
Superb Fairy-wren
Black Swan
Welcome Swallow
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)
White-faced Heron
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla diemenensis)
Common Blackbird
Masked Lapwing
Little Wattlebird
Grey Fantail

Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)

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