Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 30, 2010

Warrumbungles

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Belougery Split Rock Circuit

The Warrumbungles are near Coonabaraban, but I came in from the south via Gilgandra. Coming in on the road I saw the usual Magpie-larks, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and a bunch of Rufous Whistlers. I had not seen any for a while so it was good to see my favourite singing birds again. At the camp-ground there were a couple of Grey Butcherbirds foraging around in the grass. Split rock walk is the first stop that you come to so I went for a walk along the track. It is a 4.6 kilometer return walk. I saw more Rufous Whistlers as well as both White-plumed Honeyeaters and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. This must really be where East meets West.

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

A Common Bronzewing fluttered up from the track as I went past and a few White-naped Honeyeaters were flittering around the trees with the other honeyeaters. Further up the track the Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters were making a racket as well as some Noisy Friarbirds. The last bird I saw as I came back the track was a Yellow Thornbill.

I did however manage to find The Phantom’s famous Skull Cave. This is where the Ghost Who Walks resides when he is at home.

Skull Cave
Skull Cave, home of Ghost Who Walks, The Phantom

During the night it started to rain and by morning it was pouring. I laid in and read a book. There was no point getting up. Eventually I got up and headed off to Coonabaraban, where internet access seems to be a difficult concept to understand.

Warrumbungles bird list

Magpie-lark
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Yellow-throated Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Yellow Thornbill
Sulpur-crested Cockatoo
Grey Fantail
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Grey Butcherbird
White-winged Chough
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Crimson Rosella
Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Yellow Robin

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