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January 10, 2010

Travelling Stock Route Number 21

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Travelling Stock Route Number 21

The Travelling Stock Route #21 is on the road between Mudgee and Gulgong on the banks of the Cudgegong River. From Mudgee it is about 14kms. It was quite hot when I got there so I found a nice shady tree and read a book. When the sun went down a bit I headed out to have a look for some birds. There were quite a few Dollarbirds about. They seem to sit on the tallest trees and fly about here and there and then come back to these high perches.

Dollarbird
Dollarbird

On the other side of the river I spotted a mob of White-winged Choughs. A Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike was in the tree and I saw a few of them in the last couple of days hunting for grasshoppers as I did the Sacred Kingfishers. One of the fishermen even told me a kingfisher had taken his bait when he cast out.

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

I did see and hear a Restless Flycatcher but the perches he was on were a bit too dark for a decent photo. I could hear their scissors-grinder call all afternoon. Down the river a bit, I spotted a nest and a Willy Wagtail came along and sat in it. I could not see any eggs or chicks in it, but that does not mean anything.

Willy Wagtail
Willy Wagtail on nest

A few Grey Shrike-thrush made their appearances a few times and some Galahs, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and a Little Pied Cormorant flew past. On the water there was not much, just a Dusky Moorhen or two, a few Australian Wood Duck and Pacific Black Duck. The Red-rumped Parrots were flying around in the paddocks and perching on the trees occasionally. They also like to sit on logs in the river.

Red-rumped Parrot
male Red-rumped Parrot

I was trying to get a photo of some dragonflys on the river. Some were stationary and there were a few on the wing. I tried to photograph them on the wing and this is what I came up with. What do you reckon? Its a bit dark, but I had to make the background dark so I could get a decent shutter speed.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Travelling Stock Route #21 bird list

Dollarbird
Peaceful Dove
Willy Wagtail
White-winged Chough
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Restless Flycatcher
White-throated Treecreeper
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Super Fairy-wren
Sacred Kingfisher
Red-rumped Parrot
Grey Shrike-thrush
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah
Australian Reed-warbler
Dusky Moorhen
White-plumed Honeyeater
Pacific Black Duck
Laughing Kookaburra
Noisy Miner
Australian Raven
Pied Currawong
Eastern Rosella
Crested Pigeon
Crested Shrike-tit

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