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June 25, 2010

Galgabba Point

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 11:23 am

Birds and Fungus

This afternoon I jumped on the push-bike and rode down to Galgabba Point to take some photos. I wandered around the tracks near the sheds. There were quite a few Superb Fairy-wrens, as well as some Grey Fantails hopping around. Up in the trees the honeyeater were having lots of fights and chasing each other around the leaves and branches of the flowering trees. There were Blue-faced Honeyeaters, New Holland Honeyeaters, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Lewin’s Honeyeaters. Lewin’s Honeyeater do not seem to jump around as frantically as the rest of the honeyeaters so they are a bit easier to take a photo of. This one sat quietly near me for a little while so I managed to get this photo at least.

Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater

Near the houses there were Noisy Miners and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike looking down from the wires above. Going down the track towards the point, there were quite a few different birds chasing each other around near the Bell Miner colony. The Satin Bowerbirds were scolding away, the Noisy Friarbirds were chasing anything that came near their tree and a kookaburra sat on a branch just calmly taking it all in. An Eastern Spinebill was flying into a water hole and scooping a drink on the wing. On the creek, a couple of Little Pied Cormorants and a Little Black Cormorant sat nonchalantly until I came along.

I have been noticing some really interesting fungi around the area, so I have been taking some photos of them the last few days. This one was a pretty standard looking one, with some interesting texture on the cap and in the background. It was very dark so I had to use the onboard flash , making the photo a bit orange, so in post-processing I set the white balance to Shade mode.

round fungus

This fungus had a weird crinkly shape and was right next to the creek.

wrinkly fungus

Galgabba Point bird list 25/6/2010

Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail
New Holland Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Bell Miner
Noisy Friarbird
Eastern Spinebill
Pied Currawong
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Australian Raven
Satin Bowerbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Black Swan
Rufous Whistler


  1. Very nice fungus images, I imagine Denis would like seeing these.

    Comment by Mark Young — June 25, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

  2. Thanks Mark,

    I left a comment for dennis on his blog.


    Comment by admin — June 26, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  3. Hi Steve
    I had seen your posting but was in a rush, and did not comment. Less rush now.
    Good photos, but unfortunately, I cannot identify either of those fungi.
    The most relevant source for Australian fungi photos – on the WWW – that I know of is the Sydney Fungal Studies Group gallery of images. Galleries Index is here.

    Gaye from the Hunter has an excellent Fungi blog.
    Her Fungi Blog is here
    By the way you usually need several angles to have any chance to identify Fungi, especially a shot of the gills and top of the stem, where it enters the gills (or sponge-like material on Boletus fungi). Also a flat shot across the top, to show whether the cap is raised int he centre, or gently curved, or depressed. Those are hte sorts of things the Fungi experts look for.
    Ultimately they will tell you it is not possible to identify Fungi by photograph (except for the really distinctive ones, anyway.
    Your two fungi are probably in the “Gilled Fungi” group, so look in the “Agaricus and their allies” group.
    Frankly, I find Fungi enormously difficult, but oon occasions I get lucky and work out a name for something, locally. But these days the experts rely on spore prints, but even that is not enough, and they are going for DNA analysis.
    All too hard for the amateur.
    I love them for their architectural shapes, and their beauty (or rank ugliness)
    Fascinating creatures.
    Very nice shot of a Lewin’s Honeyeater.
    I have several which come to my feed table regularly, now.

    Comment by Denis Wilson — June 27, 2010 @ 1:19 am

  4. Thanks Dennis,

    I thought identifying fungus might be problematic but a DNA kit is out of the question!


    I think I will just appreciate them for their beauty rather than their taxonomic representation. 🙂


    Comment by admin — June 27, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

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