Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 11, 2012

West Wyalong Birding

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Wyalong Wetlands.

After Forbes, I drove down the Newell Highway to West Wyalong and Checked out the Rest Area on the Wyalong side of town and the wetlands on the other side of the road. They have done a great job of the wetlands, coming out of the water treatment plant.

Australian Raven
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides)

This crow raided the rubbish bin and had found a tin of margarine and was devouring it greedily. He came close to my picnic table and wanted to bludge some bread off me, but I sent him on his way.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Lots of Little Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds as well as White-plumed Honeyeaters were feeding on the flowering wattles in the park.

Apostlebird
Apostlebird (Stuthea cinereus)

My friends, the sociable, gregarious Apostlebirds made me laugh.

White-winged Chough
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)

This mob of White-winged Chough were digging in the dirt all together and one of them had to be the tough guy and assert his authority. Not unlike human mobs.

White-winged Chough
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)

The next morning I found this nest with a couple of White-winged Chough babies in it.

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

I saw a few Hardheads as well.

Hoary-headed Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebeliocephalus)

There are breeding and non-breeding birds in this photo.

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)

This is breeding plumage.

Australian Reed-warbler
Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis)

West Wyalong bird list

Crested Pigeon
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)
Red Wattlebird
Little Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Apostlebird
White-winged Chough
Pacific Black Duck
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Eurasian Coot
Darter
Great Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Nankeen Night Heron
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Purple Swamphen
Great Egret
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus)
Laughing Kookaburra
Common Starling
Noisy Miner
Australian Magpie
Magpie-lark
Australian Raven
Pied Butcherbird
Welcome Swallow
Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis)

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