Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 6, 2019

WA to NT

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Western Australia to the Northern Territory

From Wyndham I headed east to Kununurra and went for a walk around the lagoon near town. Nothing much there at all except some nice Crimson Finch having a drink. Other highlights were a couple of Comb-crested Jacana, Green Pygmy-goose, and the usual Great Bowerbirds in the park.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

I stopped at the East Baines Rest Area when I got over the border into the Northern Territory and this mob of Masked Finch interrupted my lunch. I had to stop and take their photos! The hide of them birds.

Masked Finch


Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)

I stopped off at the Cockatoo Lagoon in Kemp River National Park but it was totally empty šŸ™

Torresian Crow


Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)

The bird on the left is a juvenilie with the pink facial skin under the bill and a blue eye.

Spotted Harrier


Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I took off from Timber Creek and saw this Spotted Harrier flying low over the grass at the sides of the highway.

 Victoria River sunset


Victoria River sunset

They had a fishing contest on the river and there were cars coming in all night at the camp ground. I eventually got the shits and moved up the road in the bush at a nice quiet spot.

Weebill


Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris flavescens)

Just before the Victoria River Roadhouse, I went into the Joe Creek picnic area and went for a look along the Nawulbinbin Walk. Nice scenery but only a few birds such as this Weebill who are much more yellow tinged in northern Australia.

East Kimberley bird list

Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
Comb-crested Jacana
Great Bowerbird
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Green Pygmy-goose
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)
Masked Finch (Poephila personata personata)
Torresian Crow
Peaceful Dove
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Little Woodswallow
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
Double-barred Finch
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris flavescens)

May 2, 2019

The Eastern Kimberlies

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Parry Creek Farm

I met a Dutch birder at the Parry Lagoon yesterday and he advised me to come to Parry Creek Farm and camp. It was great. They have a swimming pool and a camp kitchen and a lovely billabong out the back. And I needed a shave badly. In the morning I went for a wander around the grounds and there were quite a few bush birds in the trees around the camp.

Paperback Flycatcher


Paperback Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

This is the best shot of the Paperback Flycatcher that I have got so far. Very happy with this one.

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

Upside down as per usual.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

It is impossible not to take a photo of these gorgeous creatures. Especially when they roost right in front of you.

White-winged Triller


White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Green Pygmy-goose


Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)

Striated Pardalote


Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Parry Creek Farm bird list

Paperback Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus uropygialis)
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Little Corella
Galah
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Rufous Whistler
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

May 1, 2019

Wyndham East Kimberley

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Parry’s Lagoon Nature Reserve – Wyndham

This morning I got up at 5:30am and set off for Parry’s Lagoon. The road in was pretty good. When I got there I got a good surprise because there was a bird hide and a lagoon full of water, lotus flowers and tons of birds.

Bar-breasted Honeyeater


Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)

Pied Heron


Pied Heron (Egretta picata)

This is a breeding adult Pied Heron.

Radjah Shelduck


Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)

Green Pygmy-goose


Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)

Comb-crested Jacana


Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

Magpie Goose


Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Brown Goshawk


Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

Nankeen Night-heron


Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)

Wyndham bird list

Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)
Pied Heron (Egretta picata)
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah)
Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Little Corella
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle

April 30, 2019

Dunham River

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Dunham Rest Area

Next stop was the Dunham River Rest Area where I spent most of my time around a flowering gum in the middle of the rest area. There were so many types of honeyeaters fighting over the blossoms. I finally got a decent shot of a White-gaped Honeyeater.

White-gaped Honeyeater


White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)

White-throated Honeyeater


White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)

Definitely not a Black-chinned Honeyeater!

Star Finch


Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda)

I got the shock of my life when I heard some finches in the grass and when I focused my camera, they were Star Finch. I nearly fell over. I nearly got all the finches now except for a few.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

Next morning I went down to the river and got some shots of the very red Crimson Finch.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)

This has been the first Sulphur-crested Cockatoo going east for ages. The subspecies fitzroyi has pale blue orbital skin around the eye.

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

These Brown Honeyeaters thought that they were hummingbirds. They were feeding on the wing.

Dunham River bird list

Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda)
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis albogularis)
Brown Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Little Woodswallow
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita fitzroyi)

Nearly East Kimberley

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East from Halls Creek

I stocked up on food, water and petrol at Halls Creek and headed south to Caroline Pool – which is about 15 kilometers out of Halls Creek. After a tourist stop at China Wall I carried on. There were so many flies that I got fed up after my walk around and took off.

Spinifex Pigeon


Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera plumifera)

The next stop was the Little Panton River, where I stopped the night. The flies were just as bad but there was a nice waterhole near the old bridge. I never saw so many Great Bowerbirds in my life before. There were at least half a dozen swooping down to drink at one time.

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)

I was so lucky to get a few Northern Rosellas chomping on grass seeds for their evening meal.

White-necked Heron


White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

In the morning I carried on to the Leycester Rest Area , which had a few good waterholes the other side of the old bridge.

Gouldian Finch - red-faced morph


Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

This one is the red-faced morph. I been waiting for this one.

Gouldian Finch - black-faced morph


Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

Black-faced morph. I did not see this at first. I got two morphs in one little puddle of water. doh!

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater


Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Central Kimberley bird list

Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera plumifera)
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Double-barred Finch
Pink-eared Duck
Black-fronted Dotterel
Torresian Crow
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
Crested Pigeon
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Weebill
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Budgerigar
Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
Zebra Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Mary Pool

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Mary Pool

These are the extra photos from the morning at Mary Pool, which is on the Mary River. Between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, Central Kimberleys.

Little Woodswallow


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi)

A bunch of Little Woodswallows snuggling up in the morning chill.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)

GST with lizard


GST with lizard

I think this is a Grey Shrike-thrush with a lizard.

fairy-wren - but which one


Red-backed Fairy-wren maybe

Not sure which one. I will have to ask the experts. Edit. This is a possible. the only other possible is Purple-backed Fairywren (MalurusĀ assimilis).

Mary River bird list

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis hypoleuca)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris falcata)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Peaceful Dove
Black-fronted Dotterel
Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi)
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
fairy-wren
Whistling Kite
Black Kite

April 28, 2019

Central Kimberley Birding

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Fitzroy Crossing to Mary Pool

I got some water, food and petrol at Fitzroy Crossing, had a look at the Geikie Gorge and headed on east towards Hall’s Creek. Lucky I found a nice camp at Mary Pool on the Mary River.

Northern Rosella


Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)

Paperbark Flycatcher


Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)

Great Bowerbird


Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Having a fanta in the park at Fitzroy Crossing.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Wedge-tailed Eagle


Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

I stopped by the side of the road at a road kill, while this wedgy flew off into the trees.

Central Kimberley bird list

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Darter
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus hilli)
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Great Egret
Zebra Finch
Galah
Little Corella
Royal Spoonbill
Little Black Cormorant
Peaceful Dove
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Australian White Ibis
Nankeen Night-heron
Little Woodswallow
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles miles)

West Kimberley Birding

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Between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing

I went back to Derby after my little trek up the Gibb River Road and then headed east towards Fitzroy Crossing. I just stopped at any water-hole I found along the road. And the results were outstanding. Lots of new birds and a swag of ticks. woot and l33t!1!!

Horsfield's Bushlark


Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)

Little Woodswallow  - juvenile


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi) – juvenile

Little Woodswallow  - adult


Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor derbyi) – adult

Rufous Songlark


Rufous Songlark (Megalurus mathewsi)

Black Honeyeater


Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)

Pied Honeyeater


Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus)

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater


Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Budgerigar


Budgerigar (Melopsitticus undulatus)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Kimberley bird list

Rufous Songlark (Megalurus mathewsi)
Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)
Black-faced Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Zebra Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Budgerigar
Brown Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Ptilotula flavescens)
Black Honeyeater
Pied Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula lutea)
Jacky Winter

April 26, 2019

Gibb River Road

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Gibb River Road

I drove for 72 kilometers along the Gibb River Road – as far as the bitumen. Nevertheless there were a few good water-holes with some good birds. The first one was an old sand pit where I spotted a pair of Black-necked Storks and had a tick with the Red-collared Lorikeet.

Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)

This is basically very similar to the Rainbow Lorikeet except with an orangy-red collar.

Black-necked Stork


Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli)

The northern sub-species kuhli has a narrow crest and red orbital skin around the eye.

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

Further on, I found a waterhole by the side of the road and there were lots of birds feeding – finches and honeyeaters mainly.

Black Honeyeater


Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)

This was the first time I had seen a male Black Honeyeater. You can hardly miss them.

Double-barred Finch


Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)

This is sub-species annulosa, which ranges in the north of Australia, east to Gulf of Carpentaria. It has an all-black rump and upper-tail.

Brown Falcon


Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)

Brolga


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Long-tailed Finch


Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)

Gibb River Road bird list

Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Great Egret
White-necked Stork
Great Bowerbird
Little Friarbird
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla kuhli) – narrow crest, red orbital skin
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornata)
Brolga (Grus rubicunda)
Red-winged Parrot
Brown Honeyeater
Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda acuticauda)
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii annulosa)
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conophila rufogularis)
Black Honeyeater (Sugamel nigrum)
Brown Honeyeater
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Willie Wagtail
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)
Magpie-lark
Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)

Derby Wetlands

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Derby Two

On the second day in Derby I went to the Derby Wetlands which is about five kilometers north of town. The wetlands are made out of the run-off from the town’s sewerage treatment works. A very good idea. Then it is sent to the golf club to make their grass all nice and green. In the morning there was not much around. Very slim pickings indeed. šŸ™

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Little Crow


Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)

boab trees


boab trees

I am mystified by how they got to Australia. No-one seems to know. Not even the scientists.

Derby bird list

Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
Glossy Ibis
Grey-headed Babbler
Double-barred Finch
Peaceful Dove
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

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