Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 8, 2019

Little River Bird

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Carpentaria Highway

After Mataranka, I headed down the Stuart Highway to Daly Waters, where I filled up my water, then turned left on to the Carpentaria Highway. I stopped in at the Little River bridge and camped the night. And in the afternoon and morning went for a walk looking for birds. In the morning I carried on to Cape Crawford where I filled up with petrol at $2 a litre and turned right to go down the Tablelands Highway towards the Barkly Highway. The highway was horrendous. It was a one lane tarred and pitted patch. Cars came flying towards you and went off the side of the ride, spraying you with rocks. Not a good place for a broken windscreen. Most of the time I just stopped and let the loonies have the road.

Masked Finch


Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)

Jacky Winter


Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

Banded Honeyeater


Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

Carpentaria Highway bird list

Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans pallida)
Galah
Banded Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)
Magpie-lark
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Peaceful Dove
Red-necked Lorikeet
Great Bowerbird
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
Little Woodswallow
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Australian Bustard
White-faced Heron
Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)
Apostlebird
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Wedge-tailed Eagle

Mataranka Birding

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Elsey National Park

I am heading south now. I got back to Pine Creek and stayed a night at the old racecourse. The next day I headed to Katherine to do some shopping and fill up with petrol. That night I made it to Stirling Mill, just before Mataranka

Helmeted Guineafowl


Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

At Mataranka I went for a swim at Bitter Springs, where there is a nice thermal pool. In the afternoon I went to find a camp at Jalmurark Camping Area in Elsey National Park which is along the Roper River. In the afternoon I went along the Korowan Walk to Mataranka Falls. In the morning I just went down to the boat ramp which was reasonably good.

Red-backed Fairy-wren


Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

Shining Flycatcher  - female


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – female

Shining Flycatcher  - male


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) – male

Notice how he is not really black but a shiny dark blue.

Grey-tcrowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Tawny Frogmouth


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

With perfect camouflage.

Mataranka bird list

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Northern Rosella
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Great Bowerbird
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Rufous Whistler
Little Pied Cormorant
Double-barred Finch
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Tawny Frogmouth
Grey-crowned Babbler

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May 29, 2019

Bridge Creek Rest Area

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Bridge Creek

Coming out of the Litchfield Disneyland, I stopped at Bachelor for some petrol and headed down the Stuart Highway. Half-way to Katherine, I stopped off at the rest area at Bridge Creek. I went for a wander in the afternoon and then again early in the morning.

Gouldian Finch


Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

This Gouldian Finch is an adult male Black-faced morph.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

I think this is a juvenile.

 Golden-headed Cisticola


Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)

Banded Honeyeater


Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

 White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Blue-faced Honeyeater


Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis albipennis)

Bridge Creek bird list

Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
Masked Finch (Peophila personata)
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)
Forest Kingfisher
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli)
White-winged Triller
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Spangled Drongo
Bar-shouldered Dove
Paperbark Flycatcher
Red-winged Parrot
White-gaped Honeyeater
Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis albipennis)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Red-collared Lorikeet

Litchfield National Park

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Litchfield National Park

I stayed a few days at Wagait Beach, just over the bay from Darwin. I did nothing but chill out and watch television. Finally I went the back way to Litchfield National Park. The first obstacle was a dry river bed, which was full of rocks. It was a rough ride but I made it through. The next hazard was some water in a river crossing. I went to the side and just made it through after a bit of a heart-pumping moment. The first stop was the Bamboo Creek Tin Mine where there were the remains of and old tin mine that was now abandoned.

Silver-crowned Friarbird


Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)

The next stop was Walker Creek. There are camps all along the creek and the water is really clear.

Forest Kingfisher


Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

The last stop was at Wangi Falls. There was a very nice swimming hole but it was super crowded and in the morning I decided to leave because the place was infested with tourists.

Great Bowerbird's bower


Great Bowerbird’s bower

The Great Bowerbird collects white objects for his bower.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Litchfield National Park bird list

Brown Honeyeater
Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura)
Shining Flycatcher
White-throated Honeyeater
Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)
Little Friarbird
Mistletoebird
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Peaceful Dove
Varied Triller
Great Bowerbird
Rainbow Bee-eater
Blue-faced Honeyeater

May 28, 2019

Fogg Dam Northern Territory

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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

After my Corroboree Billabong cruise, I had dinner at the pub and headed west along the Arnhem Highway and camped just past the Adelaide River. In the morning I drove up the road to Fogg Dam, the premiere spot in the Northern Territory for bird watching. The average rainfall for Fogg Dam is 1368 mm which can vary greatly from year to year. The dry season, May to September, is a cooler drier time with low humidity and little or no rain.

Orange-footed Scrubfowl


Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt tumulus)

The Woodlands to Waterlies Walk has several of the natural habitats of Fogg Dam. Fogg Dam catches water from two small creeks that flow onto the floodplains, then into the Adelaide River. The dam wall was built in the 1950’s as part of a project to grow rice in the area. The birds ate all the rice and the project was a massive fail.

Broad-billed Flycatcher


Broad-billed Flycatcher (Myiagra ruficollis)

Arafura Fantail


Arafura Fantail (Rhipidura dryas)

Northern Fantail


Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)

Grey Whistler


Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex)

Rufous-banded Honeyeater


Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

Forest Kingfisher


Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii )

Yellow Oriole


Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)

Mistletoebird


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

golden orb spider


golden orb spider

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve bird list

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)
Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)
Arafura Fantail (Rhipidura dryas)
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)
Broad-billed Flycatcher (Myiagra ruficollis)
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex)
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
White-throated Honeyeater
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
Brush Cuckoo
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Varied Triller

May 22, 2019

Mary River National Park

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Bird Billabong

After leaving Kakadu National Park, I headed west along the Arnhem Highway until I got to the Mary River National Park. I chucked a right turn and went into see the Mary River Billabong in the afternoon. Not much there except this Brown Goshawk who I disturbed eating some prey on the ground.

Broad-billed Flycatcher - maybe


Broad-billed Flycatcher (Myiagra ruficollis)

I think this is a Broad-billed Flycatcher. But still not sure. Probably a Leaden Flycatcher. doh! Edit. Definitely a Broad-billed Flycatcher. Thank you Nikolas.

Leaden Flycatcher


Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula concinna)

Brown Goshawk


Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

Bird Billabong walk takes you to a shallow billabong that changes its character with the seasons. It is sandwiched between the Mary River Channel and the Mount Bundey Hills. I met a bunch of people on a bird tour with Experience the Wild – NT Bird Watching and Nature Tours. (www.experiencethewild.com.au)

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

Amazing shot of the underside of the wings. Very colourful.

Silver-crowned Friarbird


Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps)

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher


Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)

Brush Cuckoo


Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus dumetorum)

I think this is barred morph immature Brush Cuckoo.

Northern Fantail


Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris )

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

Mary River National Park bird list

Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Red-winged Parrot
Red-collared Lorikeet
Spangled Drongo
White-winged Triller
Banded Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Silver-crowned Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Rufous Whistler
Willie Wagtail
Northern Fantail
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus dumetorum)
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula concinna)
Broad-billed Flycatcher (Myiagra ruficollis)
Great Bowerbird
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Masked Finch (Peophila personata personata)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Little Woodswallow
Green Pygmy-goose
Radjah Shelduck
Plumed Whistling-duck
Black-fronted Dotterel
Glossy Ibis
Brolga
Pied Heron
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Masked Lapwing
Royal Spoonbill
Australasian Darter
Whiskered Tern

Corroboree Billabong

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Corroboree Billabong Wetlands Cruise

I stopped at the Corroboree Tavern on the Arnhem Highway to book a boat ride on the wetlands. The booking process was a little random without my phone signal so I just went out to the billabong and booked in for the sunset cruise which turned out fantastic. The boat driver was from Surrey in England and took us all around the billabong to see birds and crocodiles.

Comb-crested Jacana - juvenile


Comb-crested Jacana ( Irediparra gallinacea) – juvenile

This one might be about ten days old.

Comb-crested Jacana


Comb-crested Jacana ( Irediparra gallinacea)

This baby is only a few days old. Very young.

Bar-breasted Honeyeater


Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)

Australasian Darter


Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

This female Australasian Darter is swallowing a decent sized catfish.

Pheasant Coucal


Pheasant Coucal ( Centropus phasianinus)

Freshwater Crocodile


Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)

Saltwater Crocodile


Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Dingo


Dingo

Keelback water snake


Keelback water snake

Corroboree Billabong bird list

Straw-necked Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Australasian Darter
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Comb-crested Jacana
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Red-winged Parrot
Little Friarbird
Pied Heron
Pheasant Coucal

Dingo
Keelback snake
Saltwater Crocodile
Freshwater Crocodile

Kakadu National Park 7

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Aurora Kakadu Resort

The Aurora Kakadu Resort is just west of the South Alligator River. I rocked in there yesterday just expecting a bite to eat and a coffee. I haphazardly asked what the price for camping was and lo and behold it was only ten dollars for an unpowered camp. This will do me I thought. Very good value. They have hot showers, drinking water and a swimming pool. woot!

Orange-footed Scrubfowl


Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt tumulus)

I got some really bad photos of the Orange-footed Scrubfowl. As soon as they saw me they took off into the trees and started bobbing up and down. Very weird. Hopefully I will get some better photos when I get north.

Australasian Figbird


Australasian Figbird (Specotheres vieilloti ashbyi)

The adult male of the top end sub-species ashbyi has bright yellow underparts and hindcollar and the mantle is olive-green, not grey.

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

In the morning I went on the Gungarre Forest Walk which was nearly four kilometers long. I was very happy when I came out the end of it. There were lots of rainforest patches along the walk but not that many birds.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Momma feeding a baby.

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher


Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)

Agile Wallaby - male


Agile Wallaby – male

backlit spider


backlit spider

full moon


full moon

Aurora Kakadu Resort bird list

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt tumulus)
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela rufiventris)
Australasian Figbird (Specotheres vieilloti ashbyi)
Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Straw-necked Ibis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Red-collared Lorikeet
Australasian Darter
Australian Pelican
Little Egret
Magpie Goose
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)
Galah
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Magpie-lark
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove

May 20, 2019

Kakadu National Park 6

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Mamukala Wetlands

After the Kakadu Info Center, I headed to the Mamukala Wetlands. In the morning they were having a bush tucker walk so I tagged along and found out some nice information about what indigenous people eat in the bush.

Varied Triller


Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela rufiventris)

I thought this was a White-winged Triller with a stripey belly at first. doh!

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher


Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)

Rufous-banded Honeyeater


Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conophila albogularis)

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

The male is on the left with the longer tail streamers.

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)

This adult Long-tailed Finch looks like he is collecting nest material.

Butterflies


Butterflies

There were heaps of butterflies on this bush near the bird hide.

After the Mamukala Wetlands, I headed west and stopped off at the South Alligator River and a few crossings where I saw lots of Glossy Ibis, Radjah Shelduck and various other water-birds.

Pied Heron in flight


Pied Heron (Egretta picata)

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Forest Kingfisher


Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

Kakadu National Park bird list

Peaceful Dove
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster flavigaster)
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Straw-necked Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)
Brown Goshawk
Paperbark Flycatcher
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)
Crimson Finch
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela rufiventris)
Little Friarbird
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conophila albogularis)
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Pied Heron
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Masked Lapwing
Little Kingfisher
Radjah Shelduck
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Channel-billed Cuckoo

May 18, 2019

Kakadu National Park 5

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Burdulba Creek and Ubirr

From Cooinda area, I headed north to Burdulba Creek and slept at Malabanjbanjdju Camping Ground. The mosquitos were horrendous. There were millions of them. I had to make friends with some backpackers to hang around their fire to get some relief from the stinging hordes. In the morning I had breakfast as quickly as possibly and headed for the creek and the surrounding billabongs.

Pacific Baza


Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Silver-crowned Honeyeater


Silver-crowned Honeyeater (Philemon argenticeps)

You can see why they get their name.

Rufous-throated Honeyeater  - juvenile


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis) – juvenile

Black-necked Stork  - female


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) – female

The next day I headed towards Ubirr and camped at the Merl Campground. Same story with the mosquitos. I went for a walk around the camping aread and in the morning drove to the Ubirr area where I walked around the roads and the riverfront near the East Alligator River. I learnt the word for Northern Territory aboriginals – binning.

immature Peaceful Dove


immature Peaceful Dove

I have no idea what this is. Very likely a juvenile something. edit. Peaceful Dove.

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Very backlit. Something different.

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)

Spangled Drongo


Spangled Drongo

I think this is a Spangled Drongo but the shiny blue wing patch seems a bit weird to me.

Yellow Oriole


Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)

Kakadu National Park bird list

Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Silver-crowned Honeyeater (Philemon argenticeps)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Nankeen Night-heron
Radjah Shelduck
Plumed Whistling-duck
Green Pygmy-goose
Straw-necked Ibis
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Pheasant Coucal
Little Black Cormorant
Rainbow Bee-eater
Bar-shouldered Dove
Peaceful Dove
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)
Red-winged Parrot
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda hecki)
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)
Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus)

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