Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 20, 2019

The Kimberley Rest Areas

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On the way to Broome

I took a few days to get to Broome from Port Hedland but it was worth it. There were quite a few birds around the rest areas that I stopped at. The first one is Stanley Rest Area, with a good bit of bush around it.

Brown Goshawk maybe


Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus didimus)

I think this is a Brown Goshawk but it is so hard to tell it from a Collared Sparrowhawk.

Torresian Crow


Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)

I am fairly confident this is a Torresian Crow and not a Little Crow because there are no white bases to the hackles.

Red-winged Parrot


Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

The next day I moved up the highway a bit to the Goldwire Rest Area.

Grey-crowned Babbler


Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)

Sub-species rubeculus is smaller with a distinctive rufous breast.

Little Friarbird


Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

Frill-neck Lizard


Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

grasshopper


grasshopper

Kimberley bird list

Crested Pigeon
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus didimus)
Singing Honeyeater
Zebra Finch
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Grey Shrike-thrush (Collurincla harmonica)
Magpie-lark
Peaceful Dove

Frill-neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)
Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)

Into the Kimberley

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Cape Keraudren

On the way to Broome I stopped off at Cape Keraudren. It was only about ten kilometers off the main highway. I found a really nice beach and a creek, then ventured further out to the end of the cape and went birding at half tide.

Beach Stone-curlew


Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus grallarius)

The highlight of the day was seeing a bunch of Beach Stone-curlew who did not mind me getting closish and taking some lovely photographs of them.

Sooty Oystercatcher


Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus opthalmicus)

These Sooty Oystercatchers are the northen sub-species opthalmicus with a yellow orbital ring and dark claws. But I suspect that some of them may have been interbred with the southern sub-species fuliginosus.

Big mob


Big mob

I think they are a mix of Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone and something else, not sure.

Common Greenshank maybe


Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) ?

I think this is a Common Greenshank or a Marsh Sandpiper, not sure.

Red-necked Stint


Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Cape Keraudren bird list

Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus grallarius)
Grey Plover
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus opthalmicus)
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) or Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

April 16, 2019

Inland Pilbara Two

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Inland Pilbara Two

I made it to Karijini National Park after a mammoth drive from Exmouth. There was great scenery but no birds. I was very disappointed.

Torresian Crow maybe


Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)

I think this is a Torresian Crow. Corvids are a nightmare to identify. They all look the same to me. I can only go on range. doh!

Blue-winged Kookaburra


Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii occidentalis)

About a hundred kilometers towards Port Hedland, I stopped at Bea Bea Rest Area and found this amazing creek going through these small gorges. There were quite a few birds about and there was even a bit of water in patches in the creek.

Painted Finch


Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)

I think this Painted Finch is a tick for me but I cannot remember. Maybe I saw them three years ago in northern Queensland.

Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)bra Finch


Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Diamond Dove


Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuncata)

White-plumed Honeyeater


White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata carteri)

Australian Reed-warbler


Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis gouldi)

Pilbara bird list

Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
Crested Pigeon
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii occidentalis)
Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuncata)
Galah
Little Corella
Magpie-lark
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula pencillata carteri)
Yellow-throated Miner
Singing Honeyeater
Port Lincoln Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius zonarius)
Cockatiel
Pied Butcherbird
Western Bowerbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluririncla harmonica rufiventris)
Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis gouldi)
Willie Wagtail
Whistling Kite
Black Kite

April 13, 2019

Carnarvon to Paraburdoo

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The Gascoyne and the Pilbara

Some more tourist photos from the Gascoyne and the Pilbara. I started off from Carnarvon and went to Quobba Station, then went back to Carnarvon and then north to Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef.

Carnarvon One Mile Jetty


Carnarvon One Mile Jetty

The jetty is the longest in the North West of Western Australia and was constructed by Matthew Price in 1897. It was built to service ships that brought supplies and passengers from Perth and allowed the export of livestock and wool from the region.

Exmouth Dunes beach


Exmouth Dunes beach

The wind was onshore when I got to the Dunes Beach in the middle of the day. There were small waves and a few beginners were having fun on the small waves.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

There were quite a few of these wallabies on the cliff faces, perched precariously high above the water.

Yardie Gorge


Yardie Gorge

The walk along the edge of Yardie Gorge was very nice. Lots of animals and birds and a very awesome view from on top of the cliffs.

Yardie Creek


Yardie Creek

This is the view of Yardie Creek from the gorge. Amazing.

Oyster Stacks


Oyster Stacks

The snorkelling here was fantastic. Lots of coral, starfish, stingrays and a plethora of exotic tropical fishes. I need an underwater camera!

Paraburdoo


Paraburdoo

A big mine truck on exhibit at Paraburdoo. There is nothing up here. Just mine towns and rocks and trees. So desolate.

April 12, 2019

Inland Pilbara Birding

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Nanutarra to Parabadoo

I headed off from Exmouth very late in the afternoon and drove nearly 300 kilometers to Nanutarra road-house where I filled up with petrol and coke. Up the road towards Parabadoo until I found a camp site and bedded down for the night. It has been raining around the Pilbara so there is a lot of water lying around.

Spinifex Pigeon


Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera ferriginea)

The sub-species ferriginea occurs south of the Kimberley in Western Australia. They are smaller with a reddish belly with narrow brey breast band and reddish iris.

Torresian or Little Crow


Torresian or Little Crow ?

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)

Pied Butcherbird


Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)

Black Kite


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

It has been ages since I have seen a Black Kite.

Pilbara bird list

Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera ferriginea)
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) or Little Crow (Corvus benetti)
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis picatus)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Magpie-lark
Zebra Finch (Taenopygia guttata)

April 11, 2019

Exmouth Birding

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Cape Range National Park

I get into Exmouth, fill up with water and food and petrol and head out to the Cape Range National Park. There are a few waves at Dunes surf beach but the wind is onshore and pretty crappy. I find my camp at Mesa Campground and go for a snorkel off the beach but it is no good. There is no coral and the visibility is rubbish.

Sooty Oystercatcher


Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus fuliginosus)

The next night I camp at Yardie Creek Campground. But before I get there I go for a snorkel at Turquoise Bay. There is lots of coral just off the beach and so many fishes. I just love snorkelling but am frustrated because I do not have an underwater camera. doh!

Eastern Osprey


Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

In the afternoon I have a look at the entrance to the creek where there is a pair of Osprey paddling around in the water.

Eastern Reef Egret


Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

This is the light morph. I saw a dark morph at Oyster Stacks whilst snorkelling. I was about two meters away from him in the water.

Crested Pigeon


Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)

I had this Crested Pigeon really close to me while I was having a snooze under the tree. It was like it was tame. Then he brought the whole family to squat in my camp site.

Yellow-throated Miner


Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)

The next morning I go for a walk along the Yardie Gorge Trail. It is only short, less than a kilometer but there was lots to see.

Western Bowerbird


Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)

You can see the pinky-purple nachal at the back of his head.

Wedge-tailed Eagle


Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

Australian Bustard


Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

I do not know how he got here.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

This looks like a young one.

Black-footed Rock Wallaby


Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)

Stuck on a ledge way up high.

Carlia munda


Carlia munda

This is a skink.

Yellow-spotted Monitor - maybe


Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii) or Yellow-spotted Monitor (Varanus panoptes rubidus)

Exmouth bird list

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Silver Gull
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus fuliginosus)
Little Pied Cormorant
Singing Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula wayensis)
Brown Honeyeater
Magpie-lark
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)
Little Corella
Welcome Swallow

Black-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis)
Euro/Wallaroo ??
Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii) or Yellow-spotted Monitor (Varanus panoptes rubidus)
Carlia munda

April 6, 2019

Leaving the Gascoyne

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Last Day at Carnarvon

It was my last day at Carnarvon. I had to come back from Quobba because of my hand-brake and now I had someone look at it and it is all sorted. I got up early and had breakfast and had plenty of time, so I hopped in the car and went for a drive to One Mile Jetty. There were plenty of mangroves and a board-walk but no birds. On the way back I stopped at the Sewerage Treatment Works and took a few photos but nothing much. Last stop was the Gascoyne River Estuary.

Pink-eared Duck


Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Pink-eared Duck


Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Laughing Dove


Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)

Guarding the ducks inside the sewerage prison.

Peaceful Dove


Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)

Grey-tailed Tattler


Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

White-breasted Woodswallow


White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

I think this must be the southern-most range for the White-breasted Woodswallows in the west.

Carnarvon bird list

Grey Teal
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
Little Black Cormorant
Eurasian Coot
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Galah
Rock Dove (Columbia livia)
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Zebra Finch (Taenopygia guttata)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater

April 4, 2019

The Gascoyne Tourist

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The Gascoyne Tourist

Leaving Shark Bay I stopped in at Eagle Bluff for a look. There was a board walk along the cliff and you could see the water below with turtles and sharks swimming about.

Eagle Bluff


Eagle Bluff

This is looking east.

Looking towards Denham


Looking towards Denham

West towards Denham.

Quobba Blowholes


Quobba Blowholes

The blowholes were great. I was not expecting much but they were very exciting and made a really loud roar.

Quobba Point


Quobba Point

The water was really clear. I went snorkelling and saw lots of exotic tropical fish and an octopus. And today the water was really murky 🙁

On to Quobba Blowholes

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Carnarvon to Quobba Blowholes

Just before I left the caravan park I looked up into a tree to see what was singing and saw a snoozing Tawny Frogmouth. What a treat.

Tawny Frogmouth


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides brachypterus)

blowhole going off


blowhole going off

I did all my shopping and got enough water and set out for Quobba Blowholes. The road out there is tarred now, so it was very comfortable driving. I stopped at the blowholes for a look and I was honestly impressed. The blowholes were spurting out with a raucous roar.

Island of Gulls and terns


Island of Gulls and terns

The island a little offshore was full of gulls and terns. Standing room only.

Grey-tailed Tattler


Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

A beakie


A beakie

I forget the proper name. They are long and thin.

Gascoyne bird list

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides brachypterus)
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
Whimbrel
Caspian Tern
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

April 3, 2019

Gascoyne Four

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Carnarvon Birding

Yesterday afternoon I went out to the estuary and found some water-birds in various spots. The wind was blowing pretty hard by this stage.

Whimbrel


Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Grey-tailed Tattler


Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

I had to get an Identification for these. I thought they might have been Red Knots. I had only seen them before on rock shelfs.

Grey-tailed Tattler


Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

This morning I went back to Chinaman Pool. Pretty much the same as the other day except I saw about four young Whistling Kites. Oh, and I forgot to say that I saw my first Brahminy Kite in Western Australia.

Whistling Kite


Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Aerial combat. I think these are young raptors having a little family squabble. But it could be a mating dance.

Little Corella


Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)

Nominate race, sanguinea. From the west and north of Australia.

Carnarvon bird list

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
White-faced Heron
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
Silver Gull
Eurasian Coot
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Australian Pelican

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