Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 4, 2009

Gundabooka Bird Photography 090418

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 12:13 am

Bird Photography at Gundabooka National Park, 18th and 19th April, 2009.

After Bowra Station, I drove from Cunnamulla to Bourke, then on to the Gundabooka National Park, which is 50 kilometers south of Bourke, off the Kidman Way that goes to Cobar. Be aware that when it rains, the roads become impassible. I first went to the Dry Tank Camping Ground and from this camp, I went for a walk through the mulga bush to the nearby Little Mountain. From the top of this “mountain” you could see the northern escarpment of the Gunderbooka Range, where I went the following day.

And on to the bird photos. I went for a look around the camp site, and spotted this Crested Bellbird(Oreoica gutturalis). the Crested Bellbird is found mainly in acacia, mulga, eucalypt, spinifex, and saltbush plains. The Warlpiri people of the Tanami Desert call this one Kanpanparlala or Pakupaku, and the Warlpiri Dictionary states:

” The Crested Bellbird belongs to the kurdaitcha man. It calls out loudly. It says this to the kurdaitcha: ‘Kill that one there’ ”

Crested Bellbird

Female Variegated Fairy-wren(Malurus lamberti). The Variegated Fairy-wren is the most widespread of the fairy-wren species in Australia. They feed on insects and some seeds.

Variegated Fairy-wren

Singing Honeyeater(Lichenostomus virescens). The Singing Honeyeater is found mostly in open shrublands and low woodlands, especially acacia. They feed on nectar, insects and fruit.

Singing Honeyeater

Male Red-capped Robin(Petroica goodenovii).

Red-capped Robin

The next day, Sunday, 19th April, 2009, I went to Bennets Gorge. There is a 5.4 kilometer walk that leads from the picnic area to the top of Mount Gunderbooka. I followed it most of the way. The facilities at Bennets Gorge include picnic tables, barbeques, and flush toilets. There were also some birds, which I photographed. Here are a couple of them:

Rufous Whistler(Pachycephala rufiventris).

Rufous Whistler

White-browed Treecreeper(Climacteris affinis).

White-browed Treecreeper

Bird Species List, Gundabooka NP, 18-19/4/09

Zebra Finch
Crested Bellbird
Variegated Fairy-wren
Singing Honeyeater
Red-capped Robin
Inland Thornbill
Australian Ringneck
Rufous Whistler
White-browed Treecreeper
Grey Butcherbird

Sources: Crikey.com, austmus.gov.au, Birds in Backyards,

Powered by WordPress