Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 30, 2010

Bribie Island #3

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Sewerage Treatment Road

Earlier in the day I went for a swim at Woorim Beach and when I was drying out near the car, I spotted 2 Buff-banded Rail in Lions Park. They were just looking for dinner on the grass and at one stage, one came to about three meters away from me. Later on in the afternoon, just before sunset, I walked along the road to the Sewerage Treatment Works. It was suggested to me by a local birder, Robin, whom I had met in the library this morning. It is not a bad spot for birding. There were the usual heap of Rainbow Lorikeets and quite a few Brown Honeyeaters. A couple of Noisy Friarbirds were also feeding on the eucalypt blossoms.

Right down the end of the road, I was delighted to come across about four Rainbow Bee-eaters. I love these birds. They are so elegant and beautiful. I could photograph them all day. They were sitting on the electricity wires and swooping down on insect and then alighting back onto the wires. I think this one is a female because it has the shorter tail extensions. I was super stoked to get a shot of one in flight.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

I think this one is a female or a juvenile as well because of the shorter tail extensions again.

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater

The next morning I got going early along the sewerage road. I spotted a Little Friarbird and then a heap of Scarlet Honeyeaters who were feeding in the small gum trees on the blossoms. They were being chased around by the Brown Honeyeaters who are just a little bit bigger.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

And I particularly like this photo. I did not do anything to it except crop and bring a few of the highlights down a bit. Very happy with this. I hope you like it too.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater

Down the end of the road I spotted a few White-throated Honeyeaters. They are very similar to the White-naped Honeyeaters except that they do not have the red around the eyes. A Bar-shouldered Dove flew up from the side of the road to the wires and some Double-barred Finch did the same thing.

White-throated Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater

Around the football field I saw a few Magpie Goose, Australian Wood Duck and Masked Lapwing, as well as a Forest Kingfisher lurking in the trees near a water-way.

And another as yet unidentified butterfly , or could it be a moth?

Butterfly or Moth
Butterfly or moth

Bribie Island bird list

Buff-banded Rail
Australian Magpie
Rainbow Lorikeet
Brown Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird
Australian Raven
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Welcome Swallow
Common Starling
Spangled Drongo
Australasian Figbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Scarlet Honeyeater
Grey Fantail
White-throated Honeyeater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Silvereye
Peaceful Dove
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Red-browed Finch
Double-barred Finch
Brown Thornbill
Australian Wood Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Magpie Goose
Forest Kingfisher
Pacific Black Duck
Masked Lapwing
Willy Wagtail
Leaden Flycatcher

April 29, 2010

Bribie Island #2

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Bi-centennial Walks

I stopped at the Arts Centre and went for a walk along the Bi-centennial tracks. There were quite a few Noisy Friarbirds, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the blossoms in the trees around the centre. The country around there is mainly banksia and melaleuca swamp type habitat. At one spot there were quite a few honeyeaters like Lewins Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater and Scarlet Honeyeater as well as some Mistletoebirds.

Scarlet Honeyeater
young Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

I happened to spot this butterfly who landed on a branch. It was amazing how well the camouflage was on it. It looks so much like a leaf, its uncanny. It even has the veins of the leaf.

Butterfly
Butterfly camouflaged like a leaf

Banksia Beach Bird Sanctuary

After the walks, I went down to the Banksia Beach Bird Sanctuary that is on the foreshore at Pumicestone Passage. There is a hide and a walk. There were Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover, Pied Oystercatcher and Caspian Tern roosting on the sand. Further up I spotted some Brown Honeyeaters and this lovely Australian Wood Duck chick and her parents.

Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck chick

Bribie Island Bird List

Noisy Friarbird
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Pied Butcherbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Magpie
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Mistletoebird
Willy Wagtail
Australian Raven
Crested Pigeon
Masked Lapwing
Red-capped Plover
Pied Oystercatcher
Caspian Tern
Welcome Swallow
Australian Wood Duck
White-faced Heron
Silver Gull

April 28, 2010

Bribie Island Birds and Butterflies

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Buckleys Hole

Buckleys Hole is at the south end of Bribie Island. It is a waterhole or a billabong pretty close to the ocean. I think it is fresh water because there were fresh water birds in there. First up for the birds is the Wandering Whistling Duck. Here is a shot of it standing up showing the side feathers.

Wandering Whistling Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck

And here they are in the water.

Wandering Whistling Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck

There is a hide at the water hole. I was in it, hiding when this Australasian Grebe popped up right in front of me.

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe

Mangrove Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone

Butterflies

This butterfly was incredibly well camouflaged. It is a really crap photo but the butterfly is so amazing I had to chuck it in.

butterfly
amazingly camouflaged butterfly

A new butterfly. Not sure of name yet. Here is the back on shot. I dont know the technical name for this type of shot. Edit: Its a Meadow Argus. Thanks Christina.

butterfly
Meadow Argus

And here is the side on shot of the butterfly above.

Butterfly
Meadow Argus side shot

I am going to have to start a butterfly list as well as a bird list at the rate I am going.

Buckleys Hole bird list

Spotted Turtle-dove
Galah
Pacific Black Duck
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Sacred Kingfisher
Pied Cormorant
Black Swan
Magpie-lark
Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian White Ibis
Welcome Swallow
Wandering Whistling Duck
Australasian Grebe
Willy Wagtail
Australian Raven
Little Corella
Mangrove Gerygone
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairy-wren
Magpie Goose
Crested Pigeon
Austalian Magpie

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