Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 26, 2010

Warren Birding

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Warren

I took the back road from Dubbo to Warren and stopped off along the banks of the Macquarie River for a snooze. After waking up rather befuddled, I had dinner and kept going towards Warren in the night. During the day there had been thousands of grasshoppers, dragonflys hitting the car, and every couple of minutes you would hear a whack whack as something hit the car. When I stopped the grill of the van was covered in dead bugs and body parts. It was quite gruesome. During the night, there were thousands of little frogs hopping across the road, and every now and again I would hear a plop as I drove over one. I felt like a mass murderer.

In the morning there were millions of Galahs. They were everywhere. Then I spotted this Black-shouldered Kite hovering over the next paddock. He hovered for a while, then dropped and I could not see him after that.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

This next photo is really weird. Its a Pink-eared Duck in the hollow of a dead tree. I could not believe it when I saw it but the evidence is there before your eyes. The camera does not lie.

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

I took a walk around the ponds opposite the Treatment Works. Last year the ponds had bare dirt surrounding them and now it is very green with lots of grass and bushes growing. They really have done a fantastic job. I stirred up quite a few Red-rumped Parrots as I walked around. At the end of the pond, I saw a few White-necked Herons, and it looked like they might have been nesting there. This one is a juvenile. You can tell because of the stripes down his neck.

White-necked Heron
White-necked Heron(Ardea pacifica)

This Grey-crowned Babbler was sitting up in a small gum tree with his posse preening and poking at his feathers. It must have been time for the communal cleaning time.

Grey-crowned Babbler
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostamus temporalis)

I did not see many raptors this time around. Probably because I had been expecting to. I did see a couple of ones I could not identify way in the distance, but nothing much close except for the Black-shouldered Kite. Hopefully I will get to see more on the way to Macquarie Marshes. I will keep my eyes peeled.

Warren bird list 26/3/2010

Galah
Australian Magpie
Welcome Swallow
Red-rumped Parrot
Pacific Black Duck
Common Starling
Rock Dove
Chestnut Teal
Black Swan
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Black-shouldered Kite
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Raven
Magpie-lark
Masked Lapwing
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Willy Wagtail
Grey-crowned Babbler
White-plumed Honeyeater
Red-winged Parrot
Crested Pigeon
Yellow-throated Miner
Purple Swamphen
Australian White Ibis
Pink-eared Duck

April 27, 2009

Bird Photography Warren 090407

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Bird Photography at Warren 7th April, 2009

I left Newcastle about 1pm on the Monday and drove to Singleton then Merriwa along the Golden Highway(86?). Stopped at Mendooran where there is a good rest area with BBQ, lights, and toilets. I drove on through to Gilgandra and slept at a rest area about 30 kilometers west of Gilgandra.

On Tuesday morning I awoke about 6:30am and it was freezing cold, so I put on the flanny, a jumper and some long pants, as well as shoes and socks. That is how cold it was! I took some photos of the sunrise then drove to Warren for breakfast. On the way into Warren I saw that there were heaps of raptors hanging around the sewerage runoff just outside town. So after breakfast I went back for a good look.

Black Kite

Not a bad site, hey? There were a few black kites hanging around the dead trees near the water. I got onto the mounds and had fantastic views of the birds.

Black Kite

Also hanging out on the dead trees was a Juvenile White-necked Heron(Ardea pacifica), also called a Pacific Heron. Note the spotted neck. Some of them have red spots on their wings. This one did not seem to.

Juvenile White-necked Heron

Anyhoo, back to the Black Kites(Milvus migrans), which i could not get enough of.

Black Kite

And another, this one was checking me right out.

Black Kite

There were also a pair of Black Falcons(Falco subniger) flying around and roosting in a big eucalyptus tree at the end of the water hole. They are a spectacular bird and I was very stoked to see them.

Black Falcon

Some of the other members of the HBOC saw a lot of waterbirds over the road, such as blue-billed ducks, musk ducks, pink-eared ducks, etc. But I missed out on all those. I saw a couple of grey teals and some swamp hens, and that was it. In the trees around the water hole there were various birds such as White-plumed honeyeaters and Spotted Bowerbirds.

On the road from Warren to Carinda on the Way to Willie Retreat, I saw a couple of Wedge-tailed Eagles flying off road kills, but did not manage to get a decent enough photo of them.

Bird Species LIst, Warren area, 7/4/09

Black-shouldered Kite
Eastern Rosella
Noisy Miner
Galah
Red-rumped Parrot
Bluebonnet
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Black Kite
Rock Dove
Cockatiel
Juvenile White-necked Heron
Black Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Whistling Kite
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Bowerbird
White-plumed honeyeater
Wedge-tailed Eagle

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