Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 2, 2016

Oxley Highway

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New England Birding.

The Oxley Highway goes from Port Macquarie, through Wauchope, Walcha, and joins the New England Highway at Bendemeer, near Tamworth. It has some great rugged bush and winding roads through the mountains.

Ellenborough Reserve

This is a nice camping spot by the river. Good for walking, birding and fishing.

ellenborough river
Ellenborough River

Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch

Brown Cuckoo-dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove

Stockyard Creek

There is a nice rest area here where there were dozens of Satin Bowerbirds grazing on the grasses.

male Satin Bowerbird
Male Satin Bowerbird

female Satin Bowerbird
Female Satin Bowerbird

White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren

Mummel Gulf National Park

Mummel Gulf is way up on top of the mountain, with huge trees and fern trees scattered throughout.

Mummel gulf NP.
big trees

July 18, 2016

Air Time

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Bonnie Hills.

I just happened upon the Junior State Surfing Titles at Bonnie Hills on Sunday. The surf at the contest site was really crappy, but down the beach a few grommets were catching some better waves.

air time
Air Time

off the lip
Off the lip.

Cut back.

July 4, 2016

Kingscliff Birds

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Cudgen Creek.

Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff on the North Coast of New South Wales has always been a favourite place of mine. In the afternoon I went for a walk along the creek from the breakwater as far as the track goes along the northern edge of the creek.

young Blue-faced Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)

There were quite a few Blue-faced Honeyeaters in the flowering banksia trees. This one is a young one with the green around the eyes. As they get older the green becomes blue.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

There is an Osprey nest at the breakwater just near the coast guard building. I saw about four Ospreys in the vicinity and they seemed to love roosting on top of the crane that is doing work on the bridge.

Bush Stone-curlew
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)

A big tick for me, the Bush Stone-curlew. And it was just in the park by the beach at North Kingscliff. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the signs saying do not go near the Bush Stone-curlews. I rushed back to my car, grabbed my camera and rushed back. Luckily I just had enough sunlight before it went behind the houses.

June 14, 2016

Macleay Valley

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Blackbird Flat.

I went up the Macleay Valley west of Kempsey to get a way from the long weekend hordes on the coast. It was nice and quiet. A bit of rain and not many people. A very relaxing weekend spent reading and walking.

Macleay River
Macleay River

Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater

Australian King-Parrot
female Australian King-parrot

I wish I had tried a bit harder to get a better shot of this Rose Robin, but it was flittering around all over the place and the light was crap and … excuses excuses.. 🙂

Rose Robin
Rose Robin (Petroica rosea)

There was a bit of flood damage along the banks of the river from the wild weather last week. The river seemed to have rose about a meter or two.

Blackbird Flat
Along the Macleay River bank.

blackbird flat bird list

Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Grey Fantail
Australasian Figbird
Cattle Egret
Crimson Rosella
Australian King-Parrot
Noisy Miner
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Rose Robin (Petroica rosea)

May 13, 2016

Regent Bowerbird

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Saltwater National Park.

Back to Saltwater National Park again. This time I finally got some good shots of the male Regent Bowerbird. It was late in the afternoon so the ISO is a bit hight but they are decent photos of a very pretty birdie.

male Regent Bowerbird
male Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

female Regent Bowerbird
female Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

immature male Regent Bowerbird
immature male Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus)

I also got a bad photo of a Wonga Pigeon, which I have not seen before so I stuck it on the end here.

Wonga Pigeon
Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca)

March 21, 2016

Cocoparra February

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Cocoparra National Park.

These photos are from about a month ago. I thought it was about time I processed and posted them. doh!

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

I do not have my book with my so I am waiting for some ID. These might be Speckled Warblers or something. And there is a young one there as well.
Thanks to Australian Bird ID facebook group, I think it is a Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans). The streaks on the baby threw me a bit.
ID needed
Adult and baby

ID needed
not sure yet. probably a baby?

Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)

Not sure which pardalote yet. I have to have a look at the internet for an ID. It does not have the red spot above the eye, so whatever one that is, that is it. doh! The spot over the eye gives it away. It is actually an orange spot over the eye. Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), juvenile.

January 24, 2016

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Aquila audax

I got stuck about 30 kilometers north of Jerilderie because of a broken fan belt so I had to call the NRMA to tow me back into Jerilderie and wait all day for the parts to get freighted from Shepparton. Finally I got away after 5pm. And just after the turn-off to Kidman Way, I spotted a Wedgie on a tree by the side of the road.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

So I stops and he flies off down the road a ways and settles on another tree. I follow him and he flies off again but luckily he circles me so I could get a few photos of him. I think it is an immature bird. Immature and sub-adult Wedge-tailed Eagles are browner and patchier than dark adults.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

January 21, 2016


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Murray River Birding

From Nathalia, I had to go to Echuca for some administrative fuck-ups and so I went over the border to New South Wales and circled back to the Murray River. I camped on the side of the Murray overlooking Barham in Victoria.

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

There were a heap of Restless Flycatchers on the side of the water, about five in all I think. This is an adult one.

juvenile Restless Flycatcher
juvenile Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

This is a juvenile. You can tell by the scrap of colour on the chest.

Yellow Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”

Sub-species flaveolus is generally found around the Riverina and Murry River.

Barham Bird list

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”
Superb Fairy-wren
White-plumed Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Willy Wagtail

January 18, 2016


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Victoria Birding

I have been working down in the South-west Districts of Victoria for a month and am now headed north back into New South Wales. Here are some random photos. Streatham, South-west Districts, Victoria.

Crested Shrike-tit
Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)

Barwon Heads , along the Barwon River.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater(Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Elmore. Runnymede Rest Area.

Long-billed Corella
Long-billed Corella (Cacatuta tenuirostris)

Brown Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)

October 27, 2015

Cocoparra National Park 15-3

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Riverina Birding

This is part 2 of the birding tales from the Cocoparra National Park. Last weekend. Only a day late. I have been so busy today. I should get this done before the library shuts.

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

I did not expect to see this bird. A lucky mistake.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostamus superciliosus)

This White-browed Babbler was collecting sticks for its nest which was in a tree in the middle of the creek.

White-browed Babbler nest
White-browed Babbler nest

immature Grey Butcherbird
immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

This is a very young Grey Butcherbird but it still sung a very beautiful song.

Masked Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)

Someone made a big mistake naming these and the Black-faced Woodswallows. Just remember to reverse them.

White-browed Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

Cocoparra National Park bird list

Australian ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi) Mallee Ringneck , race barnardi.
White-winged Chough
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostamus superciliosus)
white-winged triller (Lalage tricolor)
immature grey shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
Red Wattlebird
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Peaceful Dove
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocepha leucopsis)
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Striped Honeyeater (Plectrhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Restless Flycatcher
immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Pied Butcherbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

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