Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 6, 2019

WA to NT

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 1:49 am

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 🙁

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 (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)

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