Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 11, 2009

Coalfields Bird Photography 090610

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Bird Photography at Hunter Coalfields 10th June, 2009.

This morning I took a drive past Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley towards Abermain. I had a quick look at the Werakata National Park at Abermain and then went along Hebburn Road. The weather was cold and very windy and not at all conducive to photographing or even seeing birds. There were a few Noisy Miners around and then I spotted a female Golden Whistler on a low bush. There was also an Eastern Spinebill and that was about it.

Female Golden Whistler
Female Golden Whistler(Pacycephala pectoralis)

I then drove through Cessneck past Bellbird along Wollombi Road and turned off at Ellalong Road and then went into the Aberdare State Forest along Pelton Road. Well it was not much of a road, only a muddy dirt track. The track turned into a clay bath so I parked my car along the side and walked. I got to boundary Road and went along it. The road was worse with major ruts and mud holes full of sticky clay. I walked along a bike track and then spotted a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater.

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater(Lichenostomus melanops)

I headed back down the track and then found an old railway track and then went along it looking for the Regent Honeyeaters that had been seen in the area. I did not see any but it is a terrific area and I shall be back soon. Well, on Sunday to be exact.

Coalfields Bird Species List 10/6/09

Hebburn Road, Abermain.
Golden Whistler
Eastern Spinebill
Noisy Miner

Aberdare State Forest, Pelton
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Bell Miner
Crimson Rosella

June 10, 2009

Galgabba 090609

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Bird Photography at Galgabba Point, 9th June, 2009.

On the way home from Canberra, I stopped in at Galgabba Point, at Swansea, on Lake Macquarie. I wandered down the the track and there was a Scarlet Honeyeater, all primed up in his prettiest red, posing and primping away for the camera.

Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater(Myzomela sanguinolenta)

There were a whole bunch of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flittering around in the trees as well. The weather was horrid with cloudy overcast skies that made the light very nasty indeed. I think I was on ISO1600 most of the time. There were also a number of Lewin’s Honeyeaters in the undergrowth as well.

This white-cheeked Honeyeater was carrying on like a prima donna, jumping up and down and flying in and out with a mouth full of insects.

White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater(Phylidonyris nigra)

I kept walking down the track, past the Bell Miner colony. The Noisy Friarbirds and the Scaly-breasted Lorikeets were squabbling and chasing each other around. Out at the lake there were a huge amount of black swans and a few pelicans. As I got to the end of the point, I disturbed the immature female White-bellied Sea-eagle that I had seen a few weeks ago. I was not watching and me monkey mind was going round and round thinking rubbish. I need to pay more attention and keep my eyes open.

Galgabba Point Bird Species List, 9/6/09

Scarlet Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Lewin’s HOneyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Bell Miner
Black Swan
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australian Pelican

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