Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 21, 2009

Adams Reserve Bird Photography 090917

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Adams Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 17th September, 2009, pm.

The Adams Travelling Stock Reserve is nine kilometres to the south from the Borah Creek Reserve or is 11 kilometres north of Borah Crossing. The reserve has excellent remnants of Grassy White Box trees and an understorey of native scrub like Acacia deanei and Acacia decora. This website has some good information about the bird routes of the Manilla district.

That afternoon, after I found a good place to camp near a dry creek bed, I went for a wander around to see what I could find. It seemed like it was relatively quiet but I ended up seeing quite a few different birds. The most exciting bird that I saw was a Fuscous Honeyeater, which I had never seen before, as far as I know. There were Brown Treecreepers, White-browed Scrubwren, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Eastern Shrike-tit.

Fuscous Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)

When I came back to my camp, I just sat down and let them come to me. I was really tired. Quite a few birds came to visit me, so it was not such a bad idea. I saw a Grey Shrike-thrush, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and an Olive-backed Oriole sang me some beautiful songs as the sun went down.

In the morning it started to rain, so I packed up the camp and got the heck out of there. I did not want to get bogged in the red mud. I have done that before and it is not a pleasant experience at all.

Adams Reserve bird list 17/0/09

Brown Treecreeper
White-browed Scrubwren
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Eastern Shrike-tit
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-browed Finch
Red-winged Parrot
Grey Shrike-thrush
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Olive-backed Oriole
Australian Raven
Galah
Australian Magpie
Noisy Miner

September 20, 2009

Borah Creek Bird Photography 090917

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 11:25 pm

Borah Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 17th September, 2009. am.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)

In the morning there were more owl calls before dawn. I could also hear some young goats up in the mountain. I had breakfast and went wandering towards the sun which had not come up over Mount Borah yet. The Willy Wagtails were out and about as well as a couple of Eastern Rosella. Once again, there were very many White-plumed Honeyeaters making lots of noise. The ubiquitous Superb Fairy-wren made an appearance, of course.

I was on a flat grassy section when this Turquoise Parrot appeared right in front of me. I snapped away madly. They are extremely beautiful birds. Here is the female bird.

female Turquoise Parrot
female Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)

The male Turquoise Parrot has a much brighter fluororescent face and a red patch on the wing.

male Turquoise Parrot
male Turquoise Parrot

I flushed a few quail in the grass as I was walking through it. I was hoping that I might get a photo of one, so I trod very slowly and carefully after that. Suddenly one appeared at the edge of the clearing, pecking at the ground and then scurrying off towards the other side of the clear patch. Luckily I had the presence of mind to take some photos of it, which did not turn out so good, anyway. 🙁

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

Along the creek I spotted a Diamond Firetail, some Red-browed Finch, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Olive-backed Oriole and this Little Friarbird.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Back at my camp I had a resident Fan-tailed Cuckoo whose territory I must have invaded because it was calling all day. I did manage to see some young Dusky Woodswallows as well.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

Borah Reserve bird list 17/9/09

Sacred Kingfisher
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Brown Treecreeper
Peaceful Dove
Turquoise Parrot
Dusky Woodswallow
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Quail
Hooded Robin
Red-browed Finch
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
White-browed Scrubwren
Olive-backed Oriole
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Little Friarbird
Diamond Firetail
Noisy Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Rosella

Borah Reserve Bird Photography 090916

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Borah Reserve, Barraba Bird Photography, 16th September, 2009. pm.

To get to the Borah Reserve you turn left off Fossickers Way, which is on the way to Barraba, 23 kilometres north of Manilla, just before the bridge over the Tarpoly Creek. Go for about five to ten kilometres along the Borah Creek Road until you hit the sign for the reserve.

On the way in I saw a colony of Apostlebirds, my favourite birds. I set up camp and after four pm went for a walk along the creek. I spotted an Eastern Yellow Robin, Which was quite surprising to me. This one was race chrysorrhoa which has bright yellow rump and uppertail coverts.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis chrysorrhoa), race chrysorrhoa

There were very many White-plumed Honeyeaters. After the sun went down they were all flocking together, almost like they wanted to all huddle up together for the night, but could not decide where. It was quite hilarious, actually. Also, there were a few Noisy Friarbirds, some Galahs, the ever-present Superb Fairy-wrens and a couple of Eastern Rosella.

I heard an owl this evening but could not tell which one. But it sure was not a Barking Owl. I know what they sound like – a dog barking. doh!

Borah Reserve bird list 16/9/09

Eastern Yellow Robin, race chrysorrhoa
Willy Wagtail
White-plumed Honeyeater
Peaceful Dove
Laughing Kookaburra
Apostlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Galah
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Rosella.

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