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March 25, 2015

Cobar Birding

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Outback New South Wales.

Cobar is a small mining town in the middle of nowhere on the way to Broken Hill. For all that it seems quite a nice place. There were heaps of birds here. First stop was the Tourist info office where I got the town map and headed off on a walk along Centenary of Federation Walk. Across the road I happened upon a family of Zebra Finch. I have a vague idea that they are race castanotis but I am not sure at all.

baby Zebra Finch
baby Zebra Finch (Taenopygia guttata)

This nosy Blue-faced Honeyeater had a good sticky-beak at me as I went past.

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis).

I thought this Striped Honeyeater was an inland thornbill at first until I got it up on the computer and had a good look at it.

Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)

I thought these were Fork-tailed Swift before I had a good look at the book. They were hanging around the footy field watching some guy kick goals.

White-backed Swallow
White-backed Swallow (Cheramoeca leucosternus)

After lunch I went for a drive to check out the gold mine. It was big.

new cobar gold mine
New Cobar Gold Mine.

Late in the afternoon I trundled off to the new tank and wandered along the pitiful remnants of water. Here is a Whistling Kite in its nest.

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus).

There were a few waders along the edges of the pond.

White-necked Heron
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica).

Lots of Spotted Bowerbirds around. I thought these might have been juvenile blackbirds at first and I did not see any of them with a pink crest on top of the head. I have no idea why.

Spotted Bowerbird
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)

And the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were quite common as well.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis).

Cobar Bird List

Spotted Bowerbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Zebra Finch (Taenopygia guttata)
Double-barred Finch
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
White-backed Swallow (Cheramoeca leucosternus)
White-breasted Woodswallow
Australian Magpie
House Sparrow
Crested Pigeon
Willy Wagtail
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Eurasian Coot
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-winged Stilt
Peaceful Dove
Red-winged Parrot
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Pied Cormorant

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