Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 24, 2016

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Aquila audax

I got stuck about 30 kilometers north of Jerilderie because of a broken fan belt so I had to call the NRMA to tow me back into Jerilderie and wait all day for the parts to get freighted from Shepparton. Finally I got away after 5pm. And just after the turn-off to Kidman Way, I spotted a Wedgie on a tree by the side of the road.

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

So I stops and he flies off down the road a ways and settles on another tree. I follow him and he flies off again but luckily he circles me so I could get a few photos of him. I think it is an immature bird. Immature and sub-adult Wedge-tailed Eagles are browner and patchier than dark adults.

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

January 21, 2016


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Murray River Birding

From Nathalia, I had to go to Echuca for some administrative fuck-ups and so I went over the border to New South Wales and circled back to the Murray River. I camped on the side of the Murray overlooking Barham in Victoria.

Restless Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

There were a heap of Restless Flycatchers on the side of the water, about five in all I think. This is an adult one.

juvenile Restless Flycatcher
juvenile Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

This is a juvenile. You can tell by the scrap of colour on the chest.

Yellow Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”

Sub-species flaveolus is generally found around the Riverina and Murry River.

Barham Bird list

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) “Yellow Rosella”
Superb Fairy-wren
White-plumed Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Willy Wagtail

January 18, 2016


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Victoria Birding

I have been working down in the South-west Districts of Victoria for a month and am now headed north back into New South Wales. Here are some random photos. Streatham, South-west Districts, Victoria.

Crested Shrike-tit
Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)

Barwon Heads , along the Barwon River.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater(Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Elmore. Runnymede Rest Area.

Long-billed Corella
Long-billed Corella (Cacatuta tenuirostris)

Brown Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)

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