Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 30, 2018

Willie Retreat 181027

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Macquarie Marshes – Willie Retreat am

The next morning I am up and at em, Atom Ant. There are martins all over the place, more woodswallows and I get some photos of the Spotted Bowerbird that has its bower right in the camping spot. He has moved it in the past few years.

Spotted Bowerbird
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

A Spotted Bowerbird showing his pinky-purple nachal crest.

Spotted Bowerbird bower
Spotted Bowerbird bower

The entry was decorated with a big line of bones. Plus there were a few assorted scavenged items like red pegs, bottle caps, etc.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

A Wedge-tailed Eagle being harassed by an Australian Raven.

Diamond Dove
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

You can see the spots on the wings that gives the Diamond Dove its name.

Tree Martin
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)

The Tree Martin has got just a touch of rufous on the forehead.

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

A diagnostic shot to show the rufous face. Compare it to the Tree Martin above.

Fairy Martin nests
Fairy Martin nests

A little Fairy Martin peeks its head out of its nest under the eaves of a bungalow at the camp.

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

A thirsty Yellow-throated Miner taking a drink out of the tap. very smart.

Zebra Finch
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

A male Zebra Finch on the left with a couple of females.

Macquarie Marshes bird list

Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans)
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)
Sacred Kingfisher
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)
Emu
Zebra Finch
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Willie Wagtail
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Australian Raven

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