Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 31, 2014

Point n Shoot

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Central West, NSW.

Here are some photos from my Lumix point and shoot. It is a very cheap camera and handy for taking touristy scenery shots. It fits in the pocket and I just leave it on Automatic and press the button when I see something on my walks.

gum swamp
Gum Swamp

This is Gum Swamp at Forbes. There are a few White-bellied Sea-eagles nesting out in the middle in a big tree.

lake wyangan panorama
Lake Wyangan panorama.

The panorama feature on the Lumix is quite handy. I use this the most.

Lake Wyangan
Lake Wyangan

No wind, blue skies. Late afternoon glass-off. The wake-boarders loved it!

canola field
Canola Field

I love the colour of the canola fields. I cannot stop taking photos of them. The yellow and blue are complementary colours as well. Bonus!

August 28, 2014

Narrandera Birding 140826

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Narrandera Wetlands.

Once again at the Narrandera Wetlands. In the late afternoon I saw the Water Rat again. The Water Rat or Rakali, is an Australian native rodent which lives in burrows on the banks of rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Water Rat
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Making more mistakes again. Mis-identifying these Yellow-rumped Thornbills for Yellow Thornbills. But the stripes on the forehead give them away. They are the largest thornbill with a white eyebrow, black crown with white spots, pale eye and bright yellow rump.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

The Yellow Rosella is also known as the Murray Smoker or Murrumbidgee Lowry. feeds on eucalyptus blossoms of Red River Gums on floodplain forests along the mid-Murray, lower Murrumbidgee and Lachland and Darling Rivers. They are pale yellow in colour with a red forehead, blue cheeks and shoulders, and a blue tail

Yellow Rosella
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

This Yellow-billed Spoonbill is in breeding plumage with a fine black line edging the pale grey facial skin, longer breast-plumes, and dark lacy plumes from the inner wing.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

August 25, 2014

Narrandera Birding 140824

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Narrandera Common and Wetlands.

I went to the Narrandera Commons first. It is a big chunk of bush right next to the Murrumbidgee River. I camped there overnight and slept under the stars. Very nice. In the afternoon I got one decent shot of a male Superb Parrot. Apparently it is there a bit early as I was told by the locals that they do not get here until September or October and they nest in November.

Superb Parrot
Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

I think this is a juvenile Little Friarbird. At first glance it is easy to mistake them for the Blue-faced Honeyeater but it soon becomes apparent what they really are.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird ( Philemon citreogularis)

This is the Crimson Rosella, race flaveolus. Commonly called the Yellow Rosella. They are quite common down south towards Victoria. They have a few other local names but I have forgotten them. doh!

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

A Yellow-billed Spoonbill up a tree. I was going to say how unusual it was to see them up trees, but I think I remember seeing them heaps like this.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Some Variegated Fairy-wrens playing around in the bullrushes.

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)

Leeton Birding 140822

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Fivebough Swamp.

Once again back to Fivebough Swamp. There was not much water and very few birds. Luckily I got some shots of some Red-kneed Dotterels, which was good. I thought they were Hooded Plovers at first but now I have had a good look at the book, I realised my mistake. doh!

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

And a Whistling Kite was being harassed by a mob of crows.

Whistling Kite and Crow
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) and Australian Raven

August 20, 2014

Griffith Birding 2014

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Lake Wyangan.

At last some photos of birds. I had been waiting for ages to take some photos of the Australian Ringnecks around the parks of Griffith. I just never got the camera out at the right time. They seem to come around the main park in Griffith town and at the picnic area out at Lake Wyangan.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

There are quite a few races of Australian Ringneck and the nominate race has a distribution around South Australia. This one is the Eastern Ringneck or the Mallee Ringneck, race barnardi. They have a red patch above the eyes and a yellow band on the stomach, as well as a yellow band on the back.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnadius zonarius barnadi)

Spotted Harrier
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

I got quite a surprise seeing this circling high up over the lake. I thought it was a Whistling Kite at first but after a good look at the under wings and the patch on the face, I concluded this must be a juvenile Spotted Harrier.

Pied Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigragularis)

This is an immature bird.

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