Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 9, 2014

Borah Creek Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 8:59 pm

Travelling Stock Route.

Travelling along the Borah Road, I screech to a halt to photograph a lizard on the road. I go close and it still does not move. It must have really low batteries and is recharging on the hot bitumen.


I stop at Adams Reserve. There are mushrooms everywhere after the wet weather. I think of Dawnie and take a few photos of the mushrooms for her. There is not much there except a few honeyeaters and some Double-barred Finches.

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

I arrive at the Borah Creek Reserve and set up camp, avoiding under the trees. There are branches dropping everywhere. These old trees are dangerous.

Red-winged Parrot
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erthropterus)

I go for a walk up the creek about four in the afternoon but it is pretty quiet. A few Black-fronted Dotterel are on the gravel bars. There is lots more water in the creek than usual. There has been lots of rain and everything is green. I come back and pitch the tent. It is nice sleeping in a tent. I leave the flaps open, there is plenty of room to stretch out and watch the stars and moon.

Turquoise Parrot
Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)

Next morning I get up and head up the hill towards the sun. There are a few surprises – Turquoise Parrot and Red-winged Parrot. Later on, I come across a mob of birds – Superb Fairy-wrens, Double-barred Finches, Red-browed Finches , Diamond Firetails, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Sitellas and Willy wagtails. They all seem to hang together and move on with each other.

Varied Sitella
Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera

In the afternoon there are not many birds around. I wash my clothes and have a bath in the creek. The water is nice and cold. It is still pretty hot in the middle of the day.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter

I cook some toast and soak some dried peas for dinner. I might have cous cous and curried peas for dinner tonight.

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

There are no raptors at all. I have not seen one yet. It is very unusual. I think I heard an owl up the hill during the night. (On the way out I saw a few Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed Eagles).

Double-barred Finch
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

Borah Creek bird list, April 2014.

Grey Teal
White-faced Heron
Black-fronted Dotterel
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Red-rumped Parrot
Australian King-Parrot
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)
Turquoise Parrot (Neophem pulchella)
Eastern Rosella
Laughing Kookaburra
Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
White-plumed Honeyeater
Eastern Yellow Robin
Jacky Winter (Microcea fascinans)
Rufous Whistler
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
White-winged Chough
Welcome Swallow
Common Starling
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)
Red-browed Finch
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)
Australian Raven
Nankeen Kestrel
Wedge-tailed Eagle

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