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May 3, 2009

Bird Photography at Bowra Station 090416

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Bird Photography at Bowra STation, Cunnamulla, 16th April, 2009.

Thursday. I walked around the billabong. Saw a White-necked Heron(Ardea pacifica). Their habitat is mostly fresh water wetlands and are seen throughout Australia.


This Yellow-billed Spoonbill(Platalea flavipes) was on a tree at the side of the billabong. During the breeding season, the skin on the face has a black line outlining it, long feather hackles grow on the chest, and black lacy plumes grow on the outer wings. (Source: Thomas, R. & Sydenham, S. Yellow-billed Spoonbill [Online] (2008)).

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

There was a single Black-tailed Native-hen(Gallinula ventralis) that would dart in and out of a clump of bushes.

Black-tailed Native-hen

The Yellow-throated Miner(Manorina flavigula) is found in mallee, and dry forests. They feed on insects, nectar, berries, and fruit.

Yellow-throated Miner

A pair of Blue Bonnet(Northiella haematogaster).


This Spotted Bowerbird(Chlamydera maculata) would listen for the click of the camera. Here he is having a good listen as the camera shutter is going off.

Spotted Bowerbird

I then went for a walk along the bush roads towards Main Creek and spotted this White-breasted Woodswallow(Artamus leucorynchus) having a feed of what looks like a worm and a grasshopper.

White-breasted Woodswallow

And here he is hooking into the grasshopper’s head. Munch!

White-breasted Woodswallow

Around midday we went off towards the airport where there were reports of a pair of Brolga(Grus rubicunda). We finally found a pair and took this photo of one of them.


Bowra Station Bird Species List, 16/4/09

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-tailed Native-hen
Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Yellow-throated Miner
Blue Bonnet
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Bowerbird
White-browed Treecreeper
White-breasted Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
splendid Fairy-wren
Singing Honeyeater
REd-winged Parrot
White-necked Heron
Zebra Finch
Restless Flycatcher
Nankeen Kestrel.

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