Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 28, 2015

From Cobar to Broken Hill

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Outback Birding

I set out from Cobar and stopped about 100 kilometers on the way to Wilcannia at the Lilyvale Rest Area. I did not have much hope of seeing much so I went for a walk before sunset and was suprised to see quite a few birds.

Lilyvale Rest Area.

This Common Bronzewing is in typical country for this bird.

Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

I finally got to see the pink crest on the top of this and a few other Spotted Bowerbirds. I was beginning to doubt myself. I keep thinking of them as Spotted Catbirds. Possibly because they are related to catbirds.

Spotted Bowerbird
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata).

And I was quite surprised to see this Hooded Robin. There were a few young ones about as well.

Hooded Robin
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata)

Baden Park

The next stop was Baden Park and it was similar country – dry and harsh. I did see some Yellow-rumped Thornbill along the road as well as a few Noisy Miner.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

I am not sure what this is. It could be a thornbill or it could be some kind of robin. I really have no idea. Cute, but. Edit: Thanks to Tim Dolby for the ID.

ID needed please
Red-capped Robin

This is pretty right as you can plainly see the white eye and chestnut rump of this Chestnut-rumped Thorbill.

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)


Wilcannia is on the Darling River and has declined a lot over the years. I saw quite a few Black Kite and Whistling Kite soaring over the town and river. And I think I have never got a photo of a Red-tailed Black-cockatoo before. I just cannot remember. It is a female.

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
female Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Spring Hill

I walked up this dry creek at Spring Hill, about 130 kilometers east of Broken Hill. A few honeyeaters were around as well as some thornbills. More than I expected. I found a kangaroo digging into the dry creek bed near a reef and about half a meter down it had found water.

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

And some more Singing Honeyeaters.

Singing Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)

Outback bird list

Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata)
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Spotted Bowerbird (Chlamydera maculata)
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Whistling Kite
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Australian Pelican
White Ibis
White-necked Heron

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