Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 1, 2010

Manilla Bird Photography

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Manilla Riverwalk

Manilla is west of Tamworth in the beginning areas of the North-west of New South Wales. The Namoi River flows through Manilla and the walk along the river is a beauty, full of a wide diversity of bird life. I started at the road bridge and went south up to where the Show Ground and the railway bridge are. I came across a few Noisy Miners so we must not be west enough for the Yellow-throated Miners yet. I did see the Yellow-throated MIners in Duboo and the Macquarie Marshes. Down at the river I saw a lovely Azure Kingfisher darting from tree to rock.

Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea)

In the reeds by the river I spotted some White-browed Scrubwren, Superb Fairy-wren and these delightful Red-browed Finch who were first drinking from pools near the river and then flew up to the trees later on.

Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)

There were not many water birds at all. All I saw was a Pacific Black Duck. No cormorants or much else. Just a Masked Lapwing flying over. The highlight of the morning for me were a mob of White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike who were carrying on in the reeds and through the trees. At first I mistook them for Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, but all of them had the robber masks and were not fully black all over the head. Edit: They were Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike after all. Thanks Tobias and Marlene. Sorry Bob, you were right. doh!

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
immature Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

The last couple of birds I saw were a Peaceful Dove and a Wedge-tailed Eagle flying high. The river walk along the Namoi River at Manilla is well worth a look if you are going to the North-west.

Manilla Riverwalk bird list

Rock Dove
Common Starling
Pied Currawong
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crested Pigeon
Welcome Swallow
White-browed Scrubwren
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Azure Kingfisher
Red-browed Finch
Willy Wagtail
Red-rumped Parrot
Masked Lapwing
Pacific Black Duck
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Chough
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Peaceful Dove
Eastern Rosella
White-plumed Honeyeatare
Pied Butcherbird
Nankeen Kestrel

March 31, 2009

Bird Photography Dudley Bluff 090330

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Bird Photography at Dudley Bluff, 30th March, 2009

Today I went to the Dudley Bluff, or is it the headland? I am not sure. It was a fine sunny day so I took a trek along the bluff into the heath country. Oh yeah, I took my flash and flash mount and monopod. What a mistake! I think I would prefer to go into the bush with just the camera and having it hand held. It is heaps better and lighter and more manouverable through the bushes.

Anyway, back to the birds. A pair of White-cheeked Honeyeaters(Phylidonyris nigra) were perching on a bush near the track. They stayed there for a fair while but I just could not get over some of the bushes in the way.

White-cheeked Honeyeater

The out of focus foreground bushes in this one are a bit of a distraction, but oh well.

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Then I saw a Tawny-crowned Honeyeater(Phylidonyris melanops) on the top of a bush. It was a fair way away and I could not get any closer. The background in this photo is just beautiful. I love the pastel shades.

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

On the way back, I saw a New Holland Honeyeater(Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) on a stick. I was lucky to get a shot of him as he was singing a lovely song just for me. ha ha.

New Holland Honeyeater

Here is another shot with a different framing. I like the framing of the bushes and the stick. It is cool.

New Holland Honeyeater

The other birds that I saw were a Crimson Rosella, Red Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill, and a White-bellied Sea-eagle magnificently flew by and I stuffed up the shot. doh!

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