Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 9, 2019

SW Tourist Photos

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South West Tourist

I cannot remember where I was last in my tourist rants. This is Blackwood River National Park – Sue’s Bridge Campground. A very nice camp by the side of the Blackwood River. It is just before you get to Augusta in the South-west.

Blackwood River gum root system


Blackwood River gum root system

Keep going south from Augusta and you get to the end of Australia at Cape Leeuwin. You will be looking at the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Next stop Antarctica.

Cape Leeuwin


Cape Leeuwin

There was a weekend coming up so I headed for the hills to Blackwood River National Park again – this time I stayed at Chapman Pool campground. When it was safe to venture back to the coast I hotfooted it to Margaret River.

Margaret River


Margaret River

From there I did some shopping at Busselton and Bunbury and headed inland again to head north. I camped at the Wellington Dam near Collie and then kept heading east to Wagin.

Wagin - Big Sheep


Wagin – Big Sheep

Then I headed North and stopped at the Dryandra Woodland for a couple of nights.

My camp


My camp

There is a walk along an old railway line and here is the old bridge still intact.

Old Rail Bridge


Old Rail Bridge

And this is a dam for the old steam trains.

Congelin Dam


Congelin Dam

From there I kept going north past Northam and Moora and then headed west for the coast. I am now at Dandaragan luxuriating in hot showers and clean washed clothes.

March 8, 2019

Roadside Rest Area

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New Norcia

Heading out from Northam, I found a camp about 40 kilometers from New Norcia. I am still going north but still inland. In a few days I should hit the coast.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

Rufous Whistler - male


Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

Scarlet Robin


Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

New Norcia bird list

Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

March 7, 2019

Still in the Wheatbelt

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York and Northam

After arriving at York, I went for a walk along the Avon River in the river park. There were heaps of Western Corella, the first I had seen thus far. A few water birds were swimming in the river but there were signs warning not to go in the water because it was toxic! yewwww.

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

Western Corella


Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)

The Western Corella has a very long upper mandible and the longest/highest crest. And no pink on the neck.

Hardhead


Hardhead (Aythya australis)

This is an adult male Hardhead. I have not seen one for ages.

Eurasian Coot


Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

And a very young Eurasian Coot chick. Already very big.

York bird list

Western Corella (Cacatua pastinator derbyi)
Hardhead (Aythya australis)
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Grebe
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
White-faced Heron
Australian Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Crested Pigeon
Black Swan
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus policephalus)
Great Egret

March 6, 2019

York Birding

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Gwambygine Park and Bridge

After Pingelly and Brookton, I kept heading north and stopped at a camp along the Avon River at Gwambygine Park. I think I am about one hundred kilometers east of Perth.

Red-capped Robin


Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

Western Gerygone


Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca fusca)

Weebill


Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis)

Mistletoebird - male


Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

It has been a while since I saw a Mistletoebird. This is an adult male.

Rufous Whistler - male


Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)

York bird list

Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Western Gerygone (Gerygone fusca fusca)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris occidentalis) 7070
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) – adult male
Rufous Whistler (Pacycephala rufiventris rufiventris)
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah
White-faced Heron
Grey Shrike-thrush

March 5, 2019

Gnaala Mia and Congelin Dam

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Dryandra Woodland

Dryandra Woodland is somewhere between Narrogin and Wandering in the Western Wheatbelt of Western Australia. It is a Proposed National Park. I had no idea of its existence. The lady at the tourist office in Narrogin told me about it, so off I went. The first night I spent at the Gnaala Mia campground, which is fairly new with a great camp kitchen with gas barbecues.

Rufous Treecreeper


Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)

These Rufous Treecreepers always seem to have around picnic areas and camping grounds when I have seen them.

Western Whistler


Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)

This is a pretty noisy photo of a male Western Whistler but I do not see that many of these blokes.

The next morning I ventured on to the Congelin Dam and Campground. I went for a wander along the Congellin Siding Walk – This trail follows the old Pinjarra to Narrogin railway line constructed in 1925, known as the Hotham Valley Branch (Dwarda line).

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill


Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)

The white eye and chestnut rump make this not an Inland Thornbill.

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater


Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata )

I think this might be an adult non-breeding Yellow-plumed Honeyeater with the base of the lower mandible and gape being yellowish. Or it could be a juvenile. doh!

Brown Honeyeater


Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)

Western Yellow Robin


Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis)

Yesterday afternoon I went for another walk to the Congelin Dam from the camping area. The Grey Currawongs were making the most awful racket. I managed to get a few photos nevertheless.

Grey Currawong


Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)

Scarlet Robin


Scarlet Robin (Petroica bodang campbelli)

Red-capped Parrot


Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)

Collared Sparrowhawk


Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Dryandra Woodland bird list

Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)
New Holland Honeyeater
Western Whistler (Pachycephala occidentalis)
Restless Flycatcher
Australasian Grebe
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta indistincta)
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornata )
Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
Australian Raven
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor plumbea)
Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis)
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)
Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica bodang campbelli)
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

March 3, 2019

Highbury to Narrogin

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Western Wheatbelt

From the Wellington Dam, I hoofed it to Collie where I had a pizza for lunch! Then on to Wagin after camping out by the Collie River. All the lakes around Wagin were dry as dust so I headed north to Highbury where I camped for the night. In the morning I went for a walk along the railway line. After breakfast I kept on going north and walked around the Railway Dam at Narrogin.

Twenty-eight Parrot


Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)

There are a few intergrade Port Lincoln Parrots around here too. I was quite surprised to see them this far west. Oh no, my book says they are pretty much this far west. doh!

Black-capped Sitella  - female


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – female

This is the Western sub-species pilatea. The female has a black cap on top and the male has a black cap covering the eyes down to the chin.

Black-capped Sitella  - male


Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea) – male

Galah


Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)

This western sub-species has got a very pink head!

Yellow-rumped Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)

This western race chrysorrhoa has got a pale eye and brown flanks.

Rainbow Bee-eater


Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Very colourful.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

I could not resist the Big Close Up of the knees and feet of this neolithic bird.

Wheatbelt bird list

Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-capped Sitella – Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera pilatea)
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Eurasian Coot
White-faced Heron
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Little Pied Cormorant
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla)
Australian Magpie
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

March 1, 2019

Wellington National Park

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Wellington Dam – Collie

I did some shopping at Big W in Bunbury and bought a solar shower. Then I headed east until I got to Collie. I found out that there was a campsite at Wellington National Park, so I went to the National Parks office and booked a campsite at Potters Gorge Camp-ground.

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)

There were heaps of Red-tailed Black-cockatoos flying around, and it was quite easy to get some photos of them.

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo


Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)

Inland Thornbill


Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis apicalis)

Australian Raven


Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)

What chu talkin bout Willis? Crow with attitude.

White-breasted Robin


White-breasted Robin (Eopsaltria georgiana)

White-browed Scrubwren


White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis maculatus)

The south-west sub-species maculatus.

Collie bird list

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso)
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis apicalis)
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
White-breasted Robin (Eopsaltria georgiana)
Red-winged Fairy-wren
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis maculatus)
Australian Magpie
Twenty-eight Parrot – Australian Ringneck
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides perplexus)

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