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March 31, 2010

Pilliga Scrub

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Pilliga Nature Reserve

I went to the south-eastern section of the Pilliga, about 35 kilometers along the Newell Highway from Coonabarabran going towards Narrabri. There is a walk there at the end of Yamingah Trail that goes for about one and a half kilometers in a loop. When I first got there, I saw a White-eared Honeyeater calling out on a tree right above me. He was making a big ruckus. As I went along the track I spotted a Noisy Friarbird and a few Rufous Whistlers. The ubiquitous Eastern Yellow Robin made an appearance, of course.

Along the cliffs I spotted a few Double-barred Finch who were coming out of a hole in the sandstone cliffs. It looked like they may have been nesting there, although it is very late.

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

There were also a few Welcome Swallow who were darting in and out of a cave and then flying high up into the air for a fly around. I spotted a White-throated Treecreeper later on as well. There were a few small birds twittering amongst the pine trees. They were moving very fast and the light was very bad. But I did manage to get this shot of a Buff-rumped Thornbill that I like quite a lot.

Buff-rumped Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza reguloides)

After I got some petrol at Coonabarabran I headed off towards Gunnedah. A few kilometers along the road I stopped at the Oxley’s Crossing Rest Area where I had spotted quite a few Musk Lorikeet. The stringybark-type trees were pretty much in flower so they were having a good feast. The rain has managed to stop now and I even had lunch in the sun at 150 degrees East of Greenwich. But there are still some heavy clouds on the horizon so we have not seen the last of the rain.

Pilliga bird list

Australian Raven
White-eared Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Rufous Whistler
Eastern Yellow Robin
Double-barred Finch
Welcome Swallow
Buff-rumped Thornbill
White-throated Treecreeper
Musk Lorikeet
Australian Magpie

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