Monday, 21 November 2022

New Caledonia 1998,

  New Caledonia 1998

I travelled to New Caledonia with Richard Fairbank and Garry Edwards from Melbourne on a Quantas flight returning to Sydney and the return flight cost less than £200.  We hired a car through Avis at Noumea airport and as we had already found out that food was expensive here we decided  to take most of our supplies with us apart for bread and fruit.  We also had tents with us, which we were using in Australia,and we had no problems camping anywhere including close to the Airport on the final evening.  We changed currency in the Airport terminal and the unit of currency is the French Pacific Franc (CPF).The weather was good, generally warm and sunny during the day with some light rain at nights. Although it became hot around mid-day it was not humid and we found we could bird-watch throughout the day. The day we spent at Mount Koaghis, it was very windy and this made birding difficult but the rest of the time it was calm. We had no problems from insects.

The language is French although we did meet some locals who spoke English. Visas not required for EEC passport holders. Driving is on the right hand side and although petrol was more expensive than in Australia, we found it still to be cheaper than in the UK, and anyway you do not have to do much in the way of mileage. During our five days we probably only covered 250 miles.There are over 20 endemic or near-endemics present on the Island including the endangered Kagu and therefore if you are planning a trip to Australia, a short side-trip of around five days to New Caledonia is well worth while, as you could expect to see twenty plus species which you would not see in Australia. I saw twenty-three new species in five days.

There is a local ornithologist Yves Letocart who has a house in the Riviere Bleau National Park. We made arrangements to contact him on our third day and by this time we had seen most of the endemics and therefore we could concentrate on the few species we still needed when we were with him. He had good tapes of the more difficult species. We contacted him by asking at the entrance gate and they told us where his property was and where we could find him.

Under the species list I have included some identification notes on the endemics as there are no easily obtainable field guides.  In this respect, I have taken information from a trip report by Richard Thomas who visited the Island in 1992 and provided much useful information on the identification.  I have used this information in this report and have supplemented it with my own observations. I would like to thank Richard for these extremely useful notes and we did not have any problems with identification.

 ITINERARY

16th Aug Riviere Bleue National Park, the Park closes at 5pm and does not open Mondays,so we had to leave the Park and we camped overnight near the Hotel at Mount Koaghis.


Riviere Bleue National Park Entrance sign, New Caledonia.

17th Aug All day Mount Koaghis birding along the summit track returning in the evening to Riviere Bleue National Park where we camped outside the entrance gate.


View taken from Mt. Koaghis.

18th Aug  All Day Riviere Bleue National Park camping overnight in the attractive small
campsite situated about 15 miles from the entrance gate.





Views taken inside the Riviere Blueu National Park, New Caledonia.


The Great Tree in the National Park.

19th Aug  All Day Riviere Bleue National Park using the same camp-site.



Early morning mist taken from our camp-site inside the Riviere Bleue National Park.

20th Aug  Morning : Riviere Bleue National Park, afternoon we drove to Yate and the along
 East coast to Goro, camping overnight close to the Noumea Airport for our return flight 
in the early morning to Sydney.




Two general views taken on New Caledonia.

LITTLE PIED CORMORANT Phalacrocorax melanoleucus
Three singles seen on the 16th, 19th and 20th. All flying along the flooded river in the Nat.Park.

WHITE FACED HERON Ardea novaehollandiae nana
Just a single bird seen in the Nat.Park on the 19th.

EASTERN REEF HERON Ardea sacra albolineata
One seen flying along the coast near Yate on the 20th. Endemic subspecies.

WHISTLING KITE Heliasur sphenurus
Four seen on the 16th and 19th  in the Nat.Park and one on the 20th near the coast.

SWAMP HARRIER Circus approximans
A single bird seen in the Nat.Park on the 19th.

WHITE-BELLIED SPARROWHAWK (BLUE GOSHAWK) Accipiter haplochrous
Two adults seen in a small wood along the coast near Yate on the 20th.
A striking species, appeared noticeably smaller and more compact than our own Sparrowhawk. The adults are slaty-blue on the upper parts with the breast slaty with a bluish cast, remainder of underparts
striking white. Legs and cere yellow. Fast direct flight. Immatures are brown with streaked underparts and could be confused with Brown Goshawk.

OSPREY Pandion haliaetus
Two seen along the coast near Goro on the 20th.

KAGU Rhynochetus jubatus
Four of these bizarre birds were seen in the Nat.Park on the 18th with at least 7 and possibly 10 seen on the 19th with two on the 20th.  Chiefly seen in the forest or along the road running through the forest but also two seen on two days coming out of the forest and feeding on the grass at the camp-site.
Considered by Collar as endangered. Yves Letocart informed us that predation is chiefly by dogs and cats.  The population has increased from 80 birds in the Nat.Park in 1980 to about 300 birds now this is due to the fact that all dogs and cats have virtually been eliminated from the Park and the population is still increasing.  There are probably another 500 birds in the North of the Island although there are no plans to make any more National Parks.

Kagu is a Night Heron size bird, virtually flightless and we watched them feeding on worms. They are pale  grey with a pale brownish wash on the upper parts and some have a pale brownish smudge on the breast.  Large pale crest and darkish bars on the wings. Bill is long orangie-red and legs are reddish. At dawn,they make a loud dog like yap repeated and they call for around twenty minutes. When you are close to them, they seem to get annoyed and will make a loud hiss at you.  When you approach them, they seem to run and then suddenly stop and then run on again. On several occasions while we were watching them, two would almost bump into one another while they were running around and they would become very excited by raising their crests and sometimes spreading their wings before running on. On one occasion, we observed one calling from a log throwing its head backwards and forwards and half raising its crest. It was joined by a second bird which jumped up onto the log a foot from the first bird and also started to call. They both kept up this behaviour for five minutes.  Without doubt the highlight of the trip to New Caledonia and a truly bizarre bird and one of the strangest I have seen.








Various Kagus.

WANDERING TATTLER Tringa incanus
Twelve, several in summer plumage, were seen along the coast on the 20th.



Summer plumage Wandering Tattlers at the coast.

SILVER GULL Larus novahollandiae forsteri
Fifteen seen on the coast on the 20th.

CRESTED TERN Sterna bergii cristata
Eight seen on the coast on the 20th.


Crested Tern with Silver Gulls at the coast.

SPOTTED TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia chinensis
Introduced, with six seen on the 17th and one on the 20th in the suburbs of Noumea.

CLOVEN-FEATHERED DOVE Drepanoptila holosericea
A superb species and one not to be missed. Three seen at Mount Koaghis on the 17th with one on the 18th and two on the 19th in the Nat.Park. Considered by Collar as vulnerable with a population of less than 5,000 pairs and declining due partly to hunting and habitat destruction.

Small size quite rounded looking with a shortish tail. Bright green back and head with broad white bars on the wings and tail. Breast bright green with a narrow white and broader black bands running across with lemon yellow belly, and a white throat patch. Under tail coverts yellow. It has conspicuous white-feathered legs really puffed out. Flight is fast and direct. Call is a very loud slow and deep oo-oo-oo repeated. They are a fruit-dove and can be found feeding in fruit trees but can also be easily identified in flight. We picked several out by hearing them call and then picking them out feeding in the trees. They will often come out on bare branches.

NEW CALEDONIAN PIGEON Ducula goliath
Small numbers seen daily at both the National Park and Mount Koaghis. Considered by Collar as vulnerable and is likely to be declining due to hunting.

A large pigeon larger than our own Woodpigeon with a long tail and often quite tame feeding quietly in the trees. A very loud booming call and the call carries for a long distance. General colouration dark greyish upper parts with the underparts and under tail coverts chestnut . The top of the tail has a broad dark greyish band on the tip with a chestnut central area. Feet reddish and the bill which appeared quite long and heavy for a pigeon red with broad dark tip.




New Caledonia Pigeon.

EMERALD DOVE Chalcophapsindica chrysochlora
Two seen walking around the campsite on the 18th and one seen walking along the gravel road on the 19th.

Although appeared very similar to ones I have seen in Australia and Asia the dark breast was very well defined.


Emerald Dove

RAINBOW LORIKEET Trichoglossus haematodes deplanchei
Up to ten recorded on three dates in the Nat.Park.

NEW CALEDONIAN PARAKEET Cyanoramphus saisseti
A single bird seen near Yves house in the Nat.Park on the 16th and two seen in the Nat.Park on the 20th. This species has recently been split from the very similar Red-fronted Parakeet in New Zealand.

Medium size green parakeet with a yellowish tinge on the underparts,bluish wings and red crown and red stripe through eye and small red patches at the base of the tail. Long green tail.  Noticeably smaller than Horned Parakeet. Generally a quiet bird and feeds quietly in the trees and could be overlooked quite easily.

HORNED PARAKEET Eunymphicus cornutus
All sightings from the Nat.Park with one on the 16th, five on the 18th and fourteen seen on the 19th with several seen well feeding in the trees. Considered by Collar as vulnerable due mainly to habitat destruction and trapping for the bird-trade.

Noticeably larger than the last species with a more extensive and darker blue area on the wings. Male has a distinctive yellow nape and red frontal area above bill and dark face. Female greener with far less red and no yellow nape. Both sexes have a very distinct long wispy crest and in flight a broader tail with bluish base.

BARN OWL Tyto alba lifuensis
A distinctive endemic subspecies. One found roosting on the edge on a small pine tree plantation just inside the Nat.Park by the entrance gate in the early morning of the 18th. It appeared noticeably darker on its head and back compared to our own Barn Owl.

WHITE-BELLIED SWIFTLET Collocalia esculenta uropygialis
Up to 15 seen daily at both the Nat.Park and Mount Koaghis.

Upper parts blackish with large whitish  rump and underparts much paler grey. All birds kept very low gliding along the forest rides. A small party of Swiftlets were seen flying much higher in the sky higher up in the Nat.Park and may have been White-rumped Swiftlet Collocalia spodopygia leucopygia but when I discussed the identification with Yves Letocart he felt they were virtually impossible to identify in the field.

SACRED KINGFISHER Halcyon sanctus canacorum
Seen in small numbers daily. Maximum of 4 on a day.

WHITE-BREASTED WOODSWALLOW Artamus leucorhynchus melanoleucus
Up to five seen on a day in the Nat.Park with eight seen along the coast on the 20th.




White-breasted Woodswallows.

STRIATED STARLING Aplonis striatus
Three seen at Mount Koaghis on the 17th with six in the Nat.Park on the 18th and two on the 19th and four near the coast on the 20th.

Very similar in appearance to Metallic Starling which I have seen in Queensland,Australia but the tail was noticeably shorter and no where near as pointed as that species. The birds we saw along the coast were in open land and therefore it is not restricted to forests.

COMMON MYNA Acridotheres tristis
Introduced,  and seen on three dates around habitation.

NEW CALEDONIAN CROW Corvus moneduloides
Three seen on the 18th and two on the 19th in the forest at the Nat.Park.

A small Jackdaw size crow, all black in colouration with a large black eye and thickset stubby bill. It was a curious bird coming to pishing and usually carrying small sticks in its bill.


New Caledonian Crow carrying a stick.

CALEDONIAN MOUNTAIN GREYBIRD Coracina analis
Only seen in the forests at Riviere Bleue Nat.Park with four on the 18th, two on the 19th and two on the 20th.

We found this species difficult to come to grips with. It appeared fairly large for a Cuckoo-Shrike and the ones we saw kept to the mid-storey and were usually partly hidden by leaves. Yves picked a number out calling but none of these were seen by us. The call was a loud whistle and a short trill all sounded rather jumbled up to my ears.

Its general plumage is dark grey with a dark eye quite a large rounded head and longish broad tail but by far its most conspicuous feature was its rufous under-tail coverts which I found to be the best identification criteria. In general I found it to be a rather non-descript species, fairly elusive and not showing at all well.

MELANESIAN GREYBIRD Coracina caledonica
One seen at the entrance gate to the Riviere Bleue Nat.Park on the 16th, three seen at the start of the summit track at Mount Koaghis on the 17th and two seen in the forest in the Nat.Park on the 20th.

A larger bird than the preceding species they sit out much more in the open again at mid-storey level
and good views including photographs obtained. Plumage much blacker with blackish under tail coverts and an obvious white eye.


Melanesian Greybird.

LONG-TAILED TRILLER Lalage leucopygia
Three seen in the 16th in the Nat.Park with one on the 17th at Mount Koaghis. Three seen on the 18th and one on the 20th again in the Nat.Park.

A black and white triller not unlike the Australian White-winged Triller but with a slightly longer looking tail. The ones I saw were usually on the edges of forest clearings.

NEW CALEDONIAN WHISTLER Pachycephala caledonica
Fairly common seen on all five days with a daily maximum of 15 on the 20th in the Nat.Park.

Similar in size to Golden Whistler. The male has a uniform grey head and the underparts more orangie-yellow and a narrow black breast band.  Females browner-olive upper parts with a conspicuous white throat and dirty white underparts. It was interesting that while the males kept to the low to mid-storeys in the trees the females were often seen feeding on the ground. I found the best identification criteria to be the uniform grey head and the tones of the underparts of the males.


New Caledonian Whistler.

RUFOUS WHISTLER Pachycephala rufiventris xanthetraea
An endemic subspecies. Odd birds recorded on all five dates.

Its general appearance and behaviour was very similar to birds seen in Australia.

FANTAIL GERYGONE Gerygone flavolateralis
Common with up to fifteen seen daily.

An obvious Gerygone usually seen well flitting around in the forest. Small size similar to a phylloscopus warbler, with pale brown upper parts, whitish underparts with yellowish flanks and white tail spots. No real confusion specie on New Caledonia.

SPOTTED FANTAIL Rhipidura spilodera verreauxi
Common, recorded daily in the forest areas with a daily maximum of 12 at Riviere Bleue Nat.Park on the 20th.
A typical fantail in size and jizz with rufous-brown upperparts white supercilium and throat,breast with black spots and buff tips to the tail feathers. In the early morning,it would hop around on the ground flicking its wings turning fallen leaves with both of its wings looking for insects.


Spotted Fantail.

GREY FANTAIL Rhipidura fuliginosa bulgeri
Endemic subspecies. Seen daily but not as common as the preceding species and not so much of a true forest fantail as the preceding species. Daily maximum of five at Riviere Bleue and would be seen around campsite and picnic sites in more open areas.
Appeared virtually the same as its Australian counterpart.



Grey Fantail.

NEW CALEDONIAN MYIAGRA FLYCATCHER Myiagra caledonica
Four seen on the 18th and one seen on the 19th at Riviere Bleue Nat. Park.

A stunning specie,especially the female. Yves called this specie the Wide Billed Flycatcher which seemed a far more appropriate name for it. The male was like a male Satin Flycatcher but with a far broader based bill with thick hairy bristles. The female much like Broad-Billed Flycatcher which I saw near Darwin but with even a broader based bill than that specie and a wide white eye-ring with a brighter orange throat and breast. They made a short sharp call and could be easily picked out on call once known.

New Caledonian Myiagra Flycatcher.

SOUTHERN SHRIKEBILL Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides
Just two singles seen and both at Riviere Bleue Nat.Park. The first on the 16th and the second which I watched feeding for some 15 minutes with some excellent views on the 20th.

Although classified as a Flycatcher, I would seriously question this as its jizz,structure and feeding behaviour was totally unlike any flycatcher I have seen. A medium size bird larger and heavier than most Flycatchers. Plumage non-descript brownish tips to the tail feathers and under tail coverts. Quite a longish tail and a large wedge shape pale bluish bill. It generally keeps to the mid to upper storeys where it moves around rather heavily. It feeds by poking its bill into crevices in the bark of the tree and I once watched it tear of a small piece of the bark with its amazing bill no doubt looking for insects under the bark. When it flew from tree to tree its flight was quite heavy.

YELLOW-BELLIED ROBIN Eopsatria flaviventis
Common with up to ten seen daily.

Similar in behaviour and looks to the Eastern Yellow Robin of Australia but probably slightly smaller.
Brown upper parts with grey face,throat and  breast with belly and under tail coverts lemon yellow. A confiding bird often seen around the picnic sites and our camp site where it would sit out in a small bush and suddenly fly to the ground where it would hop about feeding, although it would also be seen in the dark forest.


Yellow-bellied Robin.

NEW CALEDONIAN WHITE-EYE Zosterops xanthomera
Common often in flocks seen daily with up to 40 on a day.

A typical looking white-eye being olive-green above very large white eye-ring, breast and flanks greenish-yellow vent whitish.



New Caledonian White-eye.

NEW CALEDONIAN MYZOMELA  Myzomela dibapha caledonica
New Caledonica endemic subspecies of Australian Scarlet Myzomela or Honeyeater. Fairly common up to five seen daily.
Appeared identical to those I have seen in Australia.

SILVER-EARED HONEYEATER Lichmera incana
Seen on all four dates in secondary habitat at Riviere Bleue Nat.Park but never more than four seen on a day and not seen at Mount Koaghis.

Brownish-olive above with a brighter greenish panel on the wings. Grey underparts becoming whiter on the belly. Distinct grey ear coverts and the bill was decur



Silver-eared Honeyeater.

BARRED HONEYEATER Guadalcanasria undulata
Two seen at Riviere Bleue near the entrance gate on the 16th and up to 8 seen in the vicinity of the hotel at Mount Koaghis on the 19th.

I am surprised that I didn`t see more of this species and it is probably commoner than we saw it. For a Honeyeater it was quite impressive. Larger than the preceding species with quite a long decurved bill.
Upper parts greyish-brown  with the underparts whiter with many narrow bars on the throat, sides of the breast and flanks.

Poor record shot of a Barred Honeyeater.

CROW HONEYEATER Gymnomyza aubryana
A single bird was taped into view by Yves along the forest road at Riviere Bleue Nat.Park on the 18th. The bird remained in the lower overhanging branches for some 10 minutes and gave excellent views. It immediately responded to the tape, coming in within seconds of the tape being played.

Size not as large as I was expecting, Jackdaw size but thinner with a longer tail. Long decurved bill was black above and yellow below. Yellow feet. All dull black plumage  with bright red bare skin around the eye extending to the bill and red wattles on the side of the neck. A very odd looking bird.


Very dark picture of a Crow Honeyeater.

NEW CALEDONIAN FRIARBIRD Philemon diemenensis
Fairly common but shy seen daily with up to 12 on a day.

Medium size friarbird, Upperparts brownish with broad pale blue edgings to the wings. Greyish head streaked slightly darker with a pale and dark malar stripes. Underparts greyish-brown with long whitish pointed breast feathers,giving a streaked effect.  Although I tried on a number of occasions to approach the bird to photograph it, it never allowed me to get to close and appeared quite shy although I saw it chasing other birds on several times.  I was quite impressed with this friarbird.

HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
Introduced , and seen around the Airport.

RED-THROATED PARROT-FINCH Erythrura psittacea
A stunning bird and one of the highlights. Singles seen on the 16th and 19th at Riviere Bleue and on the 17th at Mount Koaghis, with four on the 20th at Riviere Bleue. Good views obtained of most of these birds and some acceptable photographs obtained.

Small long tailed parrotfinch with a blackish conical shape bill. Body bright green with a red face,throat and the red long pointed tail. One was watched feeding on small fruit growing out from the trunk of a tree.


Red-throated Parrot Finch.


Sunset over New Caledonia.

REFERENCES
Cleere & Nurney A Guide to Nightjars and Related Nightbirds
Collar et al  Birds to Watch 2 The World List of Threatened Birds
Clement et al  Finches & Sparrows an Identification Guide
Juniper & Parr  A Guide to the Parrots of the World
Thomas, Richard New Caledonia - A Trip Report 1992.

 Many of the above descriptions were taken from Richard Thomas trip report and
  I also used this trip report extensively in New Caledonia and found the
  identification notes to be extremely useful as I had no field-guide to the area.















































































                          



































Sunday, 20 November 2022

SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA, & NORTHERN TERRITORIES 1998.

 SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA,  & NORTHERN TERRITORIES JULY1998.

This report follows on from my recent reports to Western Australia and Queensland.

I  travelled out with Richard Fairbank and Garry Edwards. We first visited Southern Australia chiefly camping at various birding sites even thou it was winter time in Australia. We hired an extremely large car in Sydney for this section of the tour, which I found very useful and comfortable as I was able to use it as my tent, although both Richard and Garry both preferred their own tent. One night we stayed with my old birding friend, Mick Carter and spent an enjoyable day birding his local sites which produced both Australasian Bittern and Powerful Owl. We also had a successful day pelagic off Wollongong although poor Garry was sea-sick the whole of the day.

After a short trip to New Caledonia, flying from Melbourne, we returned to Sydney where Richard unfortunately had to return back to the UK, and Garry and myself flew across Australia to Darwin where we spent a busy six days visiting sites in the Northern Territories. Again we camped at the various birding sites and we hired a car for the full time. Unfortunately, we found 6 days to be to short a time for this fine area. I have not included our trip report to New Caledonia on this occasion as I will add this to a seperate report on a later occasion.

ITINERARY.

21st July, 1998  Flew into Sydney and visited Royal National Park. Camped overnight  in the Park.







Views taken around Sydney Harbour and Opera House.

22nd July, 1998 Early morning Royal Nat.Park, moved onto Budderoo Nat.Park and afternoon and evening Barren Grounds Nat.Park.Camped overnight nearby


The Barren Grounds.

23rd July, 1998   All day Barren Grounds and Budderoo Nat Parks, evening drive to Wollong, National
Park, visiting local site en-route for spot-lighting, overnight Wollongong.



Two views taken from the Barren Grounds.

24th July, 1998  All day pelagic off Wollongong. Camped overnight at Dharug Nat.Park.

Looking over Wollongong.



Albatrosses from the Wollongong pelagic.

25th July, 1998  Early morning Old North Road, Dharug Nat.Park, visited Mitchell Park and drove over Blue Mountains. Camped locally overnight.

26th July, 1998  Long drive to Deniliquin stopping en-route at Leeton Swamp. Overnight Deniliquin    Campsite.

27th July, 1998   All Day Deniliquin with Phi Maher. Overnight Deniliquin Camp Site.

28th July, 1998   Deniliquin Camp Site drove to Chiltern State Forest (various sites). Evening drive Victoria Alps near Bright, camped overnight in the Nat.Park.

29th July, 1998   Victoria Alps near Bright (snowing) returned to the Chiltern State Forest. Evening drive to Toolangi Nat.Park where we camped overnight.
                            
30th July, 1998  Early morning Toolangi Nat.Park,(low cloud and misty), Maroonadah Reservoir Park. Ferntree Gulley where we met up with Mick Carter, Listerfield Lake Park. Edithvale, Balnarring, Rosebud Beach. Overnight with Mick Carter.


Toolangi National Park.


Mick Carter and myself outside Mick's house. Mick and myself go
back to the 1950's when we were both members of the unoffical
Perry Oaks Sewage Farm birdwatching cycling club.

31st July, 1998   All morning Werribee Sewage Farm with local birders, Geelong Area and Salt Flats, Geelong Botanical Gardens, Barwon Headland. Camped overnight Barwon Campsite.

1st August, 1998 Barwon Headland, Queens Park, Geelong Area, Brisbane Ranges, Aireys Inlet, Distillery Creek. Camped overnight at local campsite.




Marsh type Kangaroo.


Koala Bear.taken against the light.

2nd August, 1998        Aireys Inlet and surrounding area, Distillery Creek Nat.Park, Drove along Great Ocean Road stopping at various sites, Evening drive to Little Desert Nat.Park and camped in the campsite.














Views taken along the Great Ocean Road.

3rd August    All morning, Little Desert Nat.Park, Drive to Wyperfield Nat.Park. Camped  in the campsite.


Flowering bush seen on the drive today.



Two views of Wyperfield National Park.


Malleefowl mound in Wyperfield National Park.
(Unfortunately no Malleefowl).


Kangaroo at Wyperfield National Park.

4th August, 1998  All Day Wyperfield Nat. Park (South End) with evening drive to Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park where we camped overnight in the campsite.


Sunset over Hattah-kulkyne National Park.

5th August, 1998   All day Hattah-Kulkyne Nat. Park.



Two views taken in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

6th August, 1998    All day Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park.

7th August, 1998    Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park Campsite, Yarrarra Floral Reserve, Port Gawler and nearby Salt Pans, Adelaide Salt Pans. Overnight local campsite.
                             
8th August, 1998    Drive from Adelaide to Leigh Creek, stopping at sites en route. Camped overnight in the desert near Leigh Creek.
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Two views of the stony desert on the drive out to Leigh Creek.





Four views taken around Leigh Creek.


Main road around Leigh Creek (Australia version of the M25)

9th August, 1998  Birded at various sites along the road from Leigh Creek to Lyndhurst. Went along the Strzelecki Track for 28 kms and returned to Lyndhurst and drove to Marree, Camped in the desert l0kms before Marree.


Only 500kms to Birdsville.

 
 It all appeared to be just a stony desert.


Virtually the only car we saw was ours and a few trucks.


Not the prettiest drive I have done and unfortunately the road ahead was flooded and we had to turn around and drive back. Not all bad news, as we found a party of  Inland Dotterels, just to far away for photographs but one of our most wanted birds.

10th August Birded around Marree and up to 20kms along the Birdsville Track. Approx. ten hour drive to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula stopping en route at Port Augusta, Salt Works and nearby area. Camped overnight in Lincoln Nat. Park.



Drive to Port Augustus.


Port Augustus sunset.

11th August, 1998  Lincoln Nat.Park, Big Swamp, Coffin Bay Nat. Park. Camped overnight at Lake Gilles    Conservation Park.
                             
12th August, 1998  Lake Gilles Conservation Park, Iron Knob Salt Bushes, Port  Augusta Salt Pans, Port Prime. Overnight Adelaide Camp Site.
                             
13th August, 1998 Drive from Adelaide to Bool Lagoon. Afternoon and evening birding at Bool Lagoon, camped overnight near the Great Ocean Road.

14th August, 1998 Great Ocean Road, Lake Martin, Long Forest Reserve near Melbourne, Camped overnight at Toolangi Nat. Reserve. 
                             
15th August, 1998  Toolangi Nat. Reserve, drove to Melbourne Airport, Flight to New Caledonia, camped overnight outside Riviere Bleue Nat. Park.

The next five nights we visited New Caledonia.
                             
16th August, 1998 Riviere Bleue Nat. Park All Day. Camped overnight at Mount Koaghis.

17th August, 1998  All Day Mount Koaghis, camped overnight outside Riviere Bleue Nat.Park.

18th August, 1998  All Day Riviere Bleue Nat. Park. Met up with Yves Letocart and birded with him during the morning, camped overnight in the Nat.Park campsite. 
                             
19th August, 1998  All day Riviere Bleue Nat. Park  using the same campsite.

20th August, 1998  Morning Riviere Bleue Nat. Park, Afternoon drove to the coast near Yate. Camped near the Airport.

21st August, 1998   Traveling day - Flew from New Caledonia to Sydney and then onto Darwin. Camped overnight at East Point near Darwin.

Richard departed back to the UK and Gerry and myself flew to Sydney and then onto Darwin in the Northern Territories.


Looking across from East Point to Darwin.




Wallaby at East Point.

22nd August, 1998  East Point Recreation Reserve, Elizabeth River Crossing, Howard Springs, Pine Creek, Camped overnight Katherine Campsite.
                             
23rd August, 1998  Chinaman Creek, Victoria River Crossing, Timber Creek. Camped overnight at Victoria River Crossing Campsite.


 Baobab tree at Timber Creek.

24th August, 1998. Victoria River Crossing and Escarpment Trial, Ferguson River Crossing, Drove to Waterfall Creek camped overnight at the campsite.







Views taken at the Victoria River Embankment.

25th August, 1998. Waterfall Creek and Escarpment all day.


Waterfall Creek.


The climb up to the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.


Waterfall Creek pool.

26th August, 1998   Waterfall Creek and Escarpment, drove to Fogg Dam and Window on Wetlands Reserve and Adelaide River Crossing. Camped overnight Howard Springs Campsite.            

27th August, 1998  Elizabeth River Crossing, Howard Springs, return flight to Sydney & London.

Systematic List

EMU  Dromaius novaehollandia
Recorded on nine dates chiefly in the drier areas around Adelaide. Daily maximum of 40 on the 10th  Aug .


Emus in Wyperfield National Park.

HOARY-HEADED GREBE  Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Recorded on seven dates all from the South with 300+ seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July and 40 on the 12th Aug at Port Augustua Salt Works. Majority were still in winter plumage.



Hoary-headed Grebes at Werribee Sewage Farm.

AUSTRALASIAN GREBE  Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Small numbers recorded from the South on nine dates with a daily maximum of 20 on the 13th Aug.

WANDERING ALBATROSS  Diomedea exulans
Only recorded from the pelagic from Wollongong on the 24th July when at least 4 different birds were seen in various plumages. It was considered that the adults belonged to the race gibsoni while the juveniles were exulans - the latter looked larger which is one feature. Considered by Collar to be vulnerable.


Adult Wandering Albatross on the Wollongong pelagic.

BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS  Diomedea melanophrys
A minimum of 100 were seen from the pelagic from Wollongong on the 24th July with 2 seen from Barwon Head on the 31st July and 1st.Aug. Two races identified on the pelagic, melanophris and impavida the latter has a distinctive white eye, and is now a full specie known as Gibson's, which was well seen on several different individuals, with birds being photographed.


Gibson's Albatross with Yellow-nosed Albatross on the Wollongong pelagic.


Gibson's Albatross with the white eye on the pelagic.


Gibson's Albatross with Wandering Albatross on the Wollongong pelagic.

YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS  Diomedea chlororhynchos
A minimum of 150 was seen on the pelagic off Wollongong on the 24th July. They were considered to belong to the race bassi.










Yellow-nosed Albatrosses belonging to the race bassi on the Wollongong pelagic.


Odd birds were netted for measuring and ringing purposes.

SHY ALBATROSS  Diomedea cauta
A minimum of 8 different birds were seen on the pelagic from Wollongong on the 24th July and excellent views obtained. All considered to belong to the nominate race cauta.







Shy Albatrosses belonging to the race cuta on the pelagic out off  Wollongong.


Three species of Albatrosses, Shy, Yellow-nosed and Wandering Albatrosses off Wollongong.

SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL  Macronectes giganteus
At least 2 birds were seen  from the pelagic on the 24th July and a single bird was seen sitting on the sea at Coffin Bay on the 11th Aug.

CAPE PETREL Daption capense
Two seen on the pelagic off Wollongong on the 24th July.

PROVIDENCE PETREL  Pterodroma solandri
Up to 10 were seen from the pelagic off Wollongong on the 24th July The white patch on the underwing of the primaries was very conspicuous. Considered by Collar to be vulnerable.

FAIRY PRION  Pachyptila turtur
At least 40 were seen on the pelagic on the 24th July.





Fairy Prions on the Wollongong pelagic.

FLUTTERING SHEARWATER  Puffinus gavia
At least 150 were seen on the pelagic from Wollongong on the 24th July and 5,000+ were seen during the evening from Barwon Head on the 31st July  At least 100 were found dead on the beach near Barwon Head. No reason could be found for this.



Some of the dead Fluttering Shearwaters found on the beach at Barwon Head.

WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL  Pelagodroma marina
At least 1 gave excellent views from the pelagic off Wollongong on the 24th July. The yellow feet were seen well on one occasion .


Record shot of the White-faced Storm Petrel seen on the Wollongong pelagic.

AUSTRALIAN PELICAN  Pelecanus conspicillatus
Small numbers recorded on twelve dates in the South with a daily maximum of 30.

AUSTRALASIAN GANNET  Sula serrator
Five seen on the pelagic on the 24th July,  six seen on the 31st July with three on the 1st Aug from Barwon Head and two on the 2nd along the Great Ocean Road.

DARTER  Anhinga melanogaster
One seen on the 29th July flying over the Chiltern State Forest and one male seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

BLACK FACED SHAG  Leucocarbo fuscescens
Three breeding pairs seen on a small rocky island along the Great Ocean Road on the 2nd & 14th Aug.

PIED CORMORANT Phalacrocorax varius
Only recorded on four dates chiefly near or on the coast with a maximum of 40+ sat on the jetty along the seaward side at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July.



Pied and Little Pied Cormorants at Werribee Sewage Farm.

LITTLE PIED CORMORANT Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Recorded on fifteen dates at various localities with a maximum of 40+ at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July.

GREAT CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
Recorded on only three dates in small numbers.

LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Recorded on twelve dates with a maximum of 40 on the Eyre Peninsula on the 11th Aug.

PACIFIC HERON Ardea pacifica
Single birds recorded on four dates but 40 seen in fields just inland from the Great Ocean Road on the 2nd Aug.

WHITE-FACED HERON Ardea novaehollandiae 
Recorded on sixteen dates from various localities with a daily maximum of  20 on the 31st July at Werribee Sewage Farm.

PIED HERON Ardea picata
This fine Heron was only seen at Fogg Dam and Window on Wetlands Reserve on the 26th Aug when at least 300 were seen.







Pied Herons at the Windows on Wetlands Reserve.

CATTLE EGRET Ardea ibis
Just recorded on four dates in small numbers.

GREAT EGRET Ardea alba
Recorded on eleven dates with a daily maximum of 30 at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

LITTLE EGRET Ardea garzetta
Just two singles seen in the South and 15 seen at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

INTERMEDIATE EGRET Ardea intermedia
Only seen at Fogg Dam and Window on Wetlands Reserve with 300 being seen on the 26th Aug.

STRIATED HERON Ardeola striatus
Just a single bird seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point.

RUFOUS NIGHT HERON Nycticorax caledonicus
A fine adult was stood out in the open at Howard Springs on the 22nd Aug.

AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN Botaurus poicilopiilus
One flushed  at Edithvale on the 30th July and three flushed on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon. Considered by Collar as Endangered due mainly to drainage and probably less than a 1,000 pairs in the World.

BLACK-NECKED STORK Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Only seen in the North, with 2 on the 22nd Aug on the drive to Pine Creek, one on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam and two on the 27th Aug flying over Howard Springs.

AUSTRALIAN WHITE IBIS Threskiornis molucca
Recorded in fair numbers on fourteen dates
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Australian White Ibis flying over Werribee Sewage Farm.


White Ibis at Fogg Dam.

STRAW-NECKED IBIS Threskiornis spinicollis
Recorded in good numbers on fourteen dates with a daily maximum of 300 on the 14th Aug.


Straw-necked Ibis at Fogg Dam.

ROYAL SPOONBILL Platelea regia
Only recorded in small numbers on six dates.

YELLOW-BILLED SPOONBILL Platalea flavipes
Singles recorded on the 26 & 29th July, with 2 on the 5th and 5 on the 6th Aug and 8 on the 14th Aug .

MAGPIE GOOSE Anseranas semipalmata
Up to 300 were seen on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon and 100 seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam and Window on Wetlands Reserve.

BLACK SWAN Cynnus atratus
Recorded in good numbers on thirteen dates all in the South, with 750 on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon and 200 on the 14th Aug at Lake Martin.

CAPE BARREN GOOSE Cereopsis novaehollandiae
A pair with 4 young were seen at Balnarring on the 30th July, 27 seen on the 11th Aug at the Big Swamp, and six on the 14th Aug at Lake Martin.

AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK Tadorna tadornoides
Only recorded in small numbers on ten dates all in the South with a daily maximum of 30 on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon.

RADJAH SHELDUCK Tadorna radjah
Eighty seen at the Window on Wetlands Reserve on the 26th Aug and a pair on the 27th Aug  near the Elizabeth River Crossing.


Radjah Shelduck near the Elizabeth River Crossing.

PACIFIC BLACK DUCK Anas superciliosa
Recorded in fair numbers on sixteen dates.

GREY TEAL Anas gibberifrons
Recorded on twelve dates in good numbers. Daily maximum of 300 on three dates.

CHESTNUT TEAL Anas castanea
Recorded on nine dates in the South, generally in small numbers but 300 seen on the 31st July at Werribee Sewage Farm was exceptional.


Chestnut Teal with Black Swans at the Werribee Sewage Farm.

AUSTRALASIAN SHOVELLER Anas rhynchotis
Recorded on six dates in the South but no more than 30 seen on any day.

PINK-EARED DUCK Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Three seen on the 27th July near Deniliquin, an amazing 300+ seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July, and 40 seen on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon.

HARDHEAD Aythya australis
Just recorded on six dates and only in the South with up to 50 seen on a day.

MANED DUCK Chenonetta jubata
Recorded on fourteen dates only in the South with a daily maximum of 25.

GREEN PYGMY-GOOSE Nettapus pulchellus
Just twelve seen at the Window on Wetlands Reserve on the 26th August.

BLUE-BILLED DUCK Oxyura australis
Our only sighting was 6 seen on the 1st Aug  on a lake near Geelong.

MUSK DUCK Biziura lobata
Forty seen on the 31st July at Werribee Sewage Farm, one seen on the 11th Aug  at Big Swamp and six seen on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon.

BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE Elanus notatus
Seen on eleven dates all in the South with up to 8 on a day.

BLACK KITE Milvus migrans
Recorded in small numbers on seven dates in the South with up to 7 on a day but much commoner in the North where it was recorded in good numbers daily with a maximum of 70 on a day.

BRAHMINY KITE Milvus Indus
An adult seen at the Elizabeth River Crossing on the 27th Aug.

WHISTLING KITE Milvus sphenurus
Recorded on thirteen dates in both the North and South with a daily maximum of 15.


Whistling Kite over East Point.

BROWN GOSHAWK Accipiter fasciatus
Singles recorded on just four dates all in the South.

COLLARED SPARROWHAWK Accipiter cirrhocephalus
Singles recorded on four dates, three in the South and one in the North.




Collared Sparrowhawk at Waterfall Creek.

GREY GOSHAWK Accipiter novaehollandiae
A superb grey morph seen well in flight at East Point Reserve on the 22nd Aug.

WHITE -BELLIED SEA-EAGLE Haliaeetus leucogaster
Singles seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs and  at Elizabeth River Crossing on the 27th Aug.

WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE Aquila audax
Recorded on twelve dates with up to 3 seen on a day.


Wedge-tailed Eagle over Wyperfield National Park.

LITTLE EAGLE Hieraaetus morphnoides
Singles seen on the 31st July and 1st Aug at Barwon Head were our only sightings.

SPOTTED HARRIER Circus assimilis
An adult showed well at the Barren Grounds on the 22nd July, with one on the 27th July near Deniliquin and one on the 12th Aug near Iron Knob.

SWAMP HARRIER Circus approximans
Recorded on eight dates in small numbers with a maximum of seven on the 13th Aug at Bool Lagoon.

PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus
Singles seen on the 13th Aug  and on the 24th Aug up the escarpement at Victoria River Crossing. This bird was chasing Red Collared Lorikeets.

AUSTRALIAN HOBBY Falco longipennis
Singles recorded on the 27th July, 31st July, 6th Aug, 14th Aug with 2 on the 26th Aug, one of which posed nicely on a fencepost for its photograph.




Australian Hobby near Darwin.

BROWN FALCON Falco berigora
Recorded in small numbers on fourteen dates with a daily maximum of 5. Often seen sat on fence posts close to the road and a number of dark morphs were seen which could be confused with Black Falcon.

AUSTRALIAN KESTREL Falco cenchroides
Recorded on nineteen dates with a maximum of 20 seen on the drive on the 8th Aug.

ORANGE-FOOTED SCRUBFOWL Megapodius reinwardt
Ten birds showed very well at East Point on the 22nd Aug with 2 on the 27th Aug at Howard Springs.


Orange-footed Scrubfowl at East Point.

 AUSTRALIAN BRUSH-TURKEY Alectura lathami
One seen at the camp site at Dharug Nat.Park on the 25th July was a surprise as we thought we were to far South for this species.

STUBBLE QUAIL Coturnix pectoralis
Two seen on the 27th July near Deniliquin one of which showed very well while spotlighting, two seen on the 31st July near Geelong and two on the 12th Aug.

PLAINS-WANDERER Pedionomus torquatus
A pair seen very well near Deniliquin on the 27th July. We first saw them during daylight and then later while spotlighting.  Their behaviour was totally different when seen during the day as they would run around in a crouched position with legs bent close to the ground while at night they would stand upright. One assumes that during the day they remain in the crouched position as protection against predators. One of the highlights of the trip. Considered by Collar as Vulnerable due to cultivation.

 




Plains Wanderer spot-lighted near Deniliquin.

AUSTRALIAN SPOTTED CRAKE Persona fluminea
Two showed very well through the telescope for 20 minutes at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July.

BLACK -TAILED NATIVE-HEN Gallinula ventralis
Eight were seen on the 27th July by the side of a small pool near Deniliquin.

DUSKY MOORHEN Gallinula tenebrosa
Only seen in the South, and up to 15 on a day recorded on seven dates.

PURPLE SWAMPHEN Porphyrio porphyrio
Recorded on nine dates with up to 100 on a day.

EURASIAN COOT Fulica atra
Recorded on nine dates in varying numbers.

COMB CRESTED JACANA Irediparra gallinacea
Fifteen were seen at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

BUSH THICK-KNEE Burhinus grallarius
A pair seen near Deniliquin on the 27th July and a pair showed very well at East Point on the 22nd Aug.  Others were heard calling at several localities in the North during the night.



A pair of Bush Thick-knees at East Point.

BEACH THICK-KNEE Esacus magnirostris
One showed very well, with excellent photographs obtained, at the Royal Nat. Park on the 21st July and proved to be the highlight of our first days birding in Australia. This bird seen here was on the very edge of its Southern range.




Beach Thick-knee in the Royal National Park, Sydney.

PIED OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus
Surprisingly, only one pair seen during the whole of the trip. This was on the 11th August at Coffin Bay Nat. Park.

SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus fuliginosus
Four seen on the beach at Wollongong on 24th July, 11 at Barwon Head on the 31st July, and 4 on the 11th Aug at Coffin Bay Nat.Park.

MASKED LAPWING Vanellus miles
Recorded in small numbers on eighteen dates.


Masked Lapwing at the Windows of Wetland Reserve.

BANDED LAPWING Vanellus tricolor
A pair seen on the 26th July on the drive to Deniliquin, four seen near Deniliquin on the 27th, with singles seen on the 9th Aug. near Marree and on the 10th Aug from the Birdsville Track.

RED-KNEED DOTTEREL Erythrogonys cinctus
A superb flock of 100 seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July, proved to be our only sighting.

HOODED PLOVER Charadrius rubricollis
A pair seen on the beach near Barwon Head on the 3lst July. Considered by Collar to be vulnerable.

DOUBLE BANDED PLOVER Charadrius bicinctus
Three, one of which was in nearly full summer plumage, were seen at Rosebud Beach on 30th July.

RED-CAPPED PLOVER Charadrius ruficapillus
Recorded on six dates with a daily maximum of 25 on 31st July at Werribee Sewage Farm.

BLACK-FRONTED PLOVER Charadrius melanops
Just recorded on four dates with a maximum of five on the 6th Aug.

INLAND DOTTEREL Peltohyas australis
Eight of these superb Dotterels were seen in the stony desert from the Birdsville Track on the 10th Aug. Excellent telescope views obtained but just to far away to photograph. Without doubt, one of the highlights of the trip.

BLACK-WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus
Recorded on seven dates with a maximum of 40 at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July.

BANDED STILT Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Six seen at the Geelong Salt Works on 31st July, 20 on the 7th Aug at Adelaide Salt Works, 30 at the Port Augustua Salt Works on the 10th Aug and 80 on the 12th Aug at Port Prime and Port Augustua Salt Works.




Banded Stilts and Silver Gulls at the Port Adelaide Salt Works.






Flocks of Banded Stilts seen during the evening perhaps going to roost at Port Prime.

RED-NECKED AVOCET Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
Forty seen on the 26th July at Leeton Swamp, 500 at Werribee Sewage Farm on 31st July, 32 on 6th Aug on the lake at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park.

RUDDY TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
Four seen on the beach near Barwon Head on 31st July.

COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos

Singles seen on 22nd Aug in the mangroves at East Point and on the 27th Aug at Howard Springs.

GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
Six seen on the 31st July in the Geelong Area and 2 on the 7th Aug at Port Gawler.

RED-NECKED STINT Calidris ruficollis
Forty seen at Werribee Sewage Farm and Barwon Head on the 31st July with 10 at Barwon Head on lst Aug. 100 on the 7th Aug at Port Gawler, 50 on 11th Aug at Coffin Bay Nat.Park and 40 on the 12th Aug at Port Prime.

CURLEW SANDPIPER Calidris ferrugine
Fifty seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on 31st July.

AUSTRALIAN PRATINCOLE Stiltia Isabella
Four seen in the stony desert from the Birdsville Track on the 10th Aug and one seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

BROWN SKUA Catharacta lonnbergi
Up to 4 seen on the Wollongong palagic on the 24th July.


Brown Skua with Yellow-nosed Albatrosses on the Wollongong pelagic.

SILVER GULL Larus novaehollandiae
Good numbers recorded on 17 dates in the South.

PACIFIC GULL Larus pacificu 
A single bird seen on the 30th July at Rosebud Beach with four seen on the 2nd Aug along the Great Ocean Road and four on the 11th Aug at Coffin Bay Nat.Park.Considered by Collar to be near-threatened.

CASPIAN TERN Sterna caspia
Only recorded in small numbers on four dates.

WHITE-FRONTED TERN Sterna striata
Four seen from the Wollongong pelagic on the 24th July.



White-fronted Tern on the Wollongong pelagic.

FAIRY TERN Sterna nereis
Up to 50 were seen at Port Prime on the 12th Aug. Considered by Collar as vulnerable due to disturbance on beaches and predation by cats and rats.

CRESTED TERN Sterna bergii
Recorded on seven dates in the South with a maximum of 80 on the 14th Aug  on an inlet along the Great Ocean Road.


Crested Tern with Fairy Prion on the Wollongong pelagic.


Crested Tern with White-fronted Tern on the Wollongong pelagic.

TORRESIAN IMPERIAL-PIGEON Ducula bicolour
Five present at Fogg Dam on 26th Aug.

WHITE HEADED PIGEON Columba leucomela
Twenty seen sitting on telegraph wires on the 25th July on the drive over the Blue Mountains.

White-headed Pigeon in the Blue Mountains.

SPOTTED TURTLE-DOVE Streptopelia chinensis
Recorded on at least five dates in the South, chiefly around habitation.

PEACEFUL DOVE Geopelia placida
Only a single bird seen in the South on the 28th July but common and seen daily in the North.


Peaceful Dove at the Victoria River Crossing.

DIAMOND DOVE Geopelia cuneata
Three seen on the 23rd Aug on the drive to the Victoria River Crossing and three seen on the 24th Aug on the escarpment at the Victoria River Crossing. Good photographs obtained.




Diamond Dove near the Victoria River Crossing.

BAR-SHOULDERED DOVE  Geopelia humeralis
Seen daily in the North in good numbers.

COMMON BRONZEWING Phaps chalcoptera
Recorded in small numbers on seven dates.

BRUSH BRONZEWING Phaps elegans
Singles seen on the 2nd & 3rd Aug  with 4 on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park and one on the 13th Aug.




Brush Bronzewing at the Brisbane Ranges.

CRESTED PIGEON Geophaps lophotes
Common, recorded on eighteen dates in both the North and the South.

PARTRIDGE PIGEON Geophaps smithii
Just a single bird of the red face morph seen walking along the dirt road leading to Waterfall Creek on the 24th Aug. Excellent close views obtained. Considered by Collar to be near-threatened.


Partridge Pigeon along the approach road to Waterfall Creek.

I decided to drive from the campsite to search for the two species of Rock-Pigeon, both of which have a very small range in Australia. Garry decided to have a days rest and remained around the campsite. After some searching, I managed to find both species of Rock-Pigeons as shown below.

WHITE-QUILLED ROCK-PIGEON Petrophassa albipennis
Two seen very well, one posing for photographs, up the escarpment at Victoria River Crossing on the 24th Aug.





White-quilled Rock-Pigeon up the escarpment at Victoria River Crossing.

CHESTNUT-QUILLED ROCK-PIGEON Petrophassa rufipennis
After much searching on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek, one came into drink at one of the small pools on the 25th Aug and gave good views.


Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon at Waterfall Creek.

RED -TAILED BLACK COCKATOO Calyptorhynchus banksii
Only seen in the North, with 18 on the 22nd Aug on the drive to Pine Creek, Forty on the 23rd Aug on the drive to Victoria River Crossing and 20 on the 24th near Ferguson River.


Red-tailed Black Cockatoos near tbe Victoria River Crossing.

YELLOW- TAILED BLACK COCKATOO Calyptorhynchus funereus
Three seen flying over the Barren Grounds Nat.Park on the 22nd July with 2 seen on the 25th July near Dharug Nat.Park and 30 seen feeding in trees near the Botanical Gardens at Geelong on the 31st July.


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo near the Botanical Gardens at Geelong.

GANG-GANG COCKATOO Callocephalon fimbriatum
Four of these superb Cockatoos came into drink in the evening at Distillery Creek on the 1st Aug and one seen there on the 2nd.

GALAH Cacatua roseicapilla
Very common with large numbers being seen on several days. 1,700 seen on the 26th July on the drive to Deniliquin and upto 500 seen on several other days. Smaller numbers seen in the North.


Galah near Leigh Creek.

LONG BILLED CORELLA Cacatua tenuirostris
Upto 300 seen in the Denilinquin area on the 27th & 28th July and 60 seen on the 13th Aug on the drive to Bool Lagoon.




Long Billed Corellas feeding with Galahs at Deniliquin.

LITTLE CORELLA Cacatua leadbeateri 
Recorded on thirteen dates but appeared to be more commoner in the North than the South. 200 seen on the 8th Aug on the drive to Leigh Creek and 70 seen on 24th Aug in the Victoria River Crossing Area.





Little Corellas in the Victoria River Crossing area.

PINK COCKATOO Cacatua leadbeateri
Two seen at Wyperfield Nat.Park on the 4th Aug, two seen at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park on the 5th Aug with one there the following day. A beautiful species and considered by Collar as near-threatened.




Pink Cockatoo seen at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO Cacatua galerita
Good numbers seen on seventeen days with up to 200 seen on a day.



Sulphur-crested Cockatoos around Sydney.

RAINBOW LORIKEET Trichoglossus haematodus
Four seen on the 21st July at Royal Nat.Park, four on the 1st Aug  at Geelong and six on the 15th Aug at Toolangi Nat.Reserve.

RED-COLLARED LORIKEET Trichoglossus rubritorpuis
Only recorded in the North where it proved to be very common with up to 25 seen daily.



Red-collared Lorikeets near Darwin.

VARIED LORIKEET Psitteuteles versicolor
Just four seen on 23rd Aug flying over Chinaman Creek.

MUSK LORIKEET Glossopsitta concinna
Three seen in a flowering eucalyptus tree near Adelaide Airport on 13th Aug.

PURPLE CROWNED LORIKEET Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Six seen on the 31st July in eucalyptus trees at the entrance gate to Werribee Sewage Farm, and three seen on 12th Aug at Lake Gilles Nat.Park.

LITTLE LORIKEET Glossopsitta pusilla
Just five seen on 28th July at Chiltern State Forest.

AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT Alisterus scapularis
Two seen on the 29th July in the Victoria Alps, eight on the 30th July at Toolangi Nat.Reserve. Two on the 1st Aug at Distillery Creek, and eight again at Toolangi on the 15th Aug.

SUPERB PARROT Polytelis swainsonii
This fine parrot was only seen near Deniliquin when two males and one female were seen on the 27th July. Considered by Collar as vulnerable with a breeding population of less than 5,000 pairs.



Superb Parrot near Deniliquin

REGENT PARROT Polytelis anthopeplus
Three seen on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat. Park, 12 seen at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park campsite on the 5th Aug with 8 there on the 6th and four on the 7th.



 Regent Parrots at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park campsite.

COCKATIEL Leptolophus hollandicus
Only seen in the North, with 40 on 23rd Aug at Chinaman Creek and on the drive to Victoria River Crossing, six on the 24th Aug at Ferguson River Crossing and two on the 26th Aug.

GROUND PARROT Pezoporus wallicus
An early highlight of the trip was a single bird flushed from just a few feet at Barren Grounds Nat. Park on the 23rd July.

SWIFT PARROT Lathamus discolor
100 of these small parrots were watched feeding in flowering eucalyptus trees on the drive to the Blue Mountains on the 25th July. Considered by Collar as vulnerable with a breeding population of only 1,320 pairs where it breeds in Tasmania.

CRIMSON ROSELLA Platycercus elegans
Recorded in small numbers on ten dates in the South with a maximum of 12 on a day.

ADELADE ROSELLA Platycercus e x f ( adelaidae)
Recorded on the 12th & 13th Aug. when two were seen on both dates in the Adelaide area. Considered to be a hybrid between Crimson & Yellow with some interbreeding taking place.

YELLOW ROSELLA Platycercus flaveolus 
Seen in small numbers on four dates with a daily maximum of 10 on the 6th Aug at Hattah - Kulkyne Nat.Park. Formerly considered a race of Crimson Rosella but recently split due to the fact that it coexist in different habitats ie River valleys with red gums (see Juniper & Parr Parrots of the World).


Yellow Rosella in the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

EASTERN ROSELLA Platycercus eximius
Recorded on seven dates with a daily maximum of 30 on the 26th July on the drive to Deniliquin.


Eastern Rosella near Deniliquin.

NORTHERN ROSELLA Platycercus venustus
Only seen on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek, with 4 on the 25th and 2 on the 26th Aug.


A distant Northern Rosella on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.

MALLEE RINGNECK Barnardius barnardi
Recorded on seven dates chiefly in the mallee with a maximum of 8 on 3rd Aug at Little Desert Nat. Park and 8 on the 6th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat. Park.




Mallee Ringneck in the Little Desert National Park.

PORT LINCOLN RINGNECK Barnardius zonarius
Seven seen on the 11th Aug on the drive to Coffin Bay Nat.Park and three seen on the 12th Aug at Lake Gilles Conservation Park. Considered by some to be a race of Mallee Ringneck but now considered to be a full specie although in the Flinders Range where the range overlaps there is some hybridisation. (See Juniper & Parr “Parrots of the World”).

RED-RUMPED PARROT Psephotus haematonotus
The common grassland parrot of inland Southern Australia and many were seen when driving. Recorded on a total of 10 days with a maximum of 90 seen on the 26th July.




Red-rumped Parrots near Deniliquin.

MULGA PARROT Psephotus varius
Four seen on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park with ten seen feeding on the ground at Hattah-Kulkyne on the 6th Aug.


Mulga Parrot at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

HOODED PARROT Psephotus dissimilis
A flock of 50 of these fine parrots were watched from down to 10 yards feeding on the ground at the back of Pine Creek on the 22nd Aug and twelve came into drink during the early morning at Chinaman Creek on the 23rd Aug. Considered by Collar to be near-threatened.





Hooded Parrots at Pine Creek.

BLUE BONNET Northiella haematogaster
Fifteen seen on the drive to Deniliquin on the 26th July with 10 being seen in the Deniliquin area on the 27th., and three seen on the 28th. Two seen on the 7th Aug near Port Gawler with four on the 12th Aug near Lake Gilles.

Bluebonnets near Deniliquin.

BLUE WINGED PARROT Neophema chrysostoma
After much searching along the coast for this specie, we were finally rewarded at Bool Lagoon when 12 came into roost and gave close views on the 13th Aug.

ELEGANT PARROT Neophema elegans
Only seen in the stony desert around Leigh Creek with 10 on the 8th Aug and 2 on the 9th.

ROCK PARROT Neopheme petrophila
One was seen very well on the 11th Aug on the ground at Coffin Bay Nat. Park. After 5 minutes of watching it, it flew off towards one of the off-shore islands.

ORANGE-BELLIED PARROT Neophema chrysogaster
Good views were obtained of six including two males in some low bushes in the saltmarsh near Geelong on the 31st July.  Considered by Collar to be endangered with a World population of only 150 individuals.

BRUSH CUCKOO Cuculus variolosus
Our only sighting was one on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

FAN-TAILED CUCKOO Cuculus flabelliformis
One seen on the 3rd Aug at Little Desert Nat.Park and three seen on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park.


Fantailed Cuckoo in the Little Desert National Park.

HORSFIELD`S BRONZE-CUCKOO Chrysococcyx  basalis
One seen from down to a few feet on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park

SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO Chrysococcyx lucidus
A single bird was also seen at Lincoln Nat.Park on the 11th Aug.

LITTLE BRONZE-CUCKOO Chrysococcyx malayanus
A male with a conspicuous red eye showed for 10 minutes on the edge of the forest at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

PHEASANT COUCAL Centropus phasianinus
One seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point Reserve and three seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

POWERFUL OWL Ninox stenua
One heard calling in the middle of the night at Royal Nat. Park on the 22nd July and an adult showed very well, posing for photographs at its daytime roost at Listerfield Park on the 30th July. Considered by Collar to be vulnerable due to the loss of old growth forests.





Powerful Owl in Listerfield Park.

SOUTHERN BOOBOOK Ninox novaeseelandiae
Heard calling during the night at three different localities.

BARKING OWL Ninox connivens
One seen very well on top of the petrol pumps where it is fed by the owners of the Victorian River Crossing Roadhouse on the 23rd Aug and also heard calling here and at Waterfall Creek campsite on the 25th & 26th Aug.

SOOTY OWL Tyto tenebricosa
One heard calling very close to us during the evening of the 23rd July in a wood on the drive to Wollongong but we were unable to locate it much to our annoyance.

AUSTRALIAN OWLET-NIGHTJAR Aegotheles cristatus
One seen very well, allowing it to be photographed, near Deniliquin on the 27th July and one also seen crossing the road in the car headlights on the 2nd Aug.


Owlet-Nightjar near Deniliquin.

SPOTTED NIGHTJAR Eurostopodus argus
One seen at dusk flying around the Victoria River Roadhouse on the 23rd Aug.

LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus macrurus
Heard calling during the night at East Point on the 22nd Aug and one flushed during the day and seen very well at Howard Springs on the 22nd Aug.

AZURE KINGFISHER Alcedo azurea
Just a single bird seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs.

LITTLE KINGFISHER Alcedo pusilla
One flushed along a creek at Howard Springs on the 22nd Aug.

LAUGHING KOOKABURRA Dacelo novaeguineae
Recorded on thirteen dates in the South with up to 8 on a day. 


Laughing Kookaburra in the Sydney area.

BLUE-WINGED KOOKABURRA Dacelo leachii
Odd birds recorded on four dates in the North.

FOREST KINGFISHER Todirhamphus macleayii
Two seen on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek on the 25th Aug and three seen at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

Forest Kingfisher at Waterfall Creek

RED-BACKED KINGFISHER Todirhamphus pyrrhopygia
Single birds seen sitting on telegraph wires on the journey to and from Katherine on Aug 22nd and 24th may have related to the same bird.


Red-backed Kingfisher seen on the drive to and from Katherine.

SACRED KINGFISHER Todirhampus sancta
Eight seen on Aug 26th at Fogg Dam with two on the 27th at Howard Springs.

RAINBOW BEE-EATER Merops ornatus
Seen daily in small numbers but only in the North with a maximum of 15 on the 25th Aug.



Rainbow Kingfisher at Waterfall Creek.

RAINBOW PITTA Pitta iris
The highlight of the trip to the North with 7 different birds being seen in our first three hours at East Point and Howard Springs on the 22nd Aug and one being seen at Howard Springs on the 27th Aug virtually being our last bird of the trip. Extremly good views obtained often from down to a few feet and some good photographs obtained.




Rainbow Pitta taken in a dark wood at East Point.

SUPERB LYREBIRD Menura novaehollandiae
A male in full display in the open a few yards from us at Royal Nat. Park on the 22nd July was an early highlight of the trip. Two seen on the 25th July at Dharug Nat.Park and one seen on the 30th July at Toolangi Nat.Park. Also heard calling at Barren Grounds Nat. Park on the 22nd July.

SINGING BUSHLARK Mirafra javanica
Eight, seen while spotlighting near Deniliquin on the 27th July.


Singing Bushlark spotlighted near Deniliquin.

SKYLARK Alauda arvensis 
Recorded on five dates in the South with  50 being seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July.

WHITE-BACKED SWALLOW  Cheramoeca leucosternum
One seen briefly on the 6th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park but much better views were obtained of 6 in the stony desert near Lyndhurst on the 9th Aug.

WELCOME SWALLOW Hirundo neoxena
Common in the South and seen virtually daily but just a single bird seen in the North on the drive from Waterfall Creek on the 26th Aug when it was present with some Little Wood-Swallows.

TREE MARTIN Hirundo nigricans
Far less common than the previous species, being only recorded on eight dates with no more than 10 on a day but was seen on three dates in the North.

AUSTRALIAN RICHARDS PIPIT Anthus novaeseelandiae
Recorded on seven dates but only in the South with a daily maximum of 12.

BLACK-FACED CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina novaehollandiae
Recorded on ten dates but it appeared commoner in the North with a daily maximum of 15 being seen.

WHITE BELLIED CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina papuensis
Not as commom as the previous species, being recorded on a total of five dates and only one of these in the South. Daily maximum of 6 being seen.

WHITE-WINGED TRILLER Lalage tricolor
Six seen at Waterfall Creek on the 25th and 10 seen there the next day.

VARIED TRILLER Lalage leccomela
Two seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point Reserve, four on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam and two on the 27th at Howard Springs.

BASSIAN GROUND THRUSH Zoothera lunulata
Five seen at Toolangi Nat.Park and two showed very well allowing some good photographs at Maroonadah Reservoir Park all on the 30th July.





Bassian Ground Thrush at the Maroonadah Reservoir Park.

BLACKBIRD Turdus merula
Recorded on ten dates in the South with a daily maximum of 15.

SONG THRUSH Turdus philomelos
Only one sighting on the 1st Aug in Queens Park, Geelong.

SOUTHERN SCRUB-ROBIN Drymodes brunneopygia
A pair seen well and photographed on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park and 3 seen on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park.


Southern Scrub Robin in Wyperfield National Park.
ROSE ROBIN Petroica rosea
A stunning male was seen on the 28th and 29th July at the Chiltern State Forest.



Poor record shots of our only Rose Robin in the Chiltern State Forest.

PINK ROBIN Petroica rodinogaster
Two females or immatures were seen in the Geelong area on the 1st Aug

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Female/Immatures Pink Robins in the Geelong area.

FLAME ROBIN Petroica phoenicea
Five seen in a wood near Deliniquin on the 27th July including several nice males and 10 were seen at the Chiltern State Forest on the 29th July.

SCARLET ROBIN Petroica multicolour
Recorded on four dates in the South with a daily maximum of 4.

RED-CAPPED ROBIN Petroica goodenovii
Recorded on six dates in the South with a daily maximum of ten.


Male Red-capped Robin at Geelong.

HOODED ROBIN Melanodryas cucullata
Five seen on the 3rd Aug at the campground at the Little Desert Nat Park on the 3rd Aug, with 8 seen on the 4th at Wyperfield Nat.Park  with 2 seen on the 5th & 6th Aug.at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park and one seen on the 11th Aug .



Hooded Robins at Wyperfield National Park.

EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN Eopsaltria australis
Recorded on ten dates with a daily maximum of six.


Eastern Yellow Robin at te Chiltern State Forest.

WESTERN YELLOW ROBIN Eopsaltria griseogularis
Two seen on the 12th Aug near Lake Gilles Conservation Park.


Western Yellow Robin near Lake Gilles Conservation Park.

LEMON BELLIED FLYCATCHER Microeca flavigaaster
Just a single bird seen at Howard Springs on the 22nd Aug.

JACKY WINTER Microeca leucophaea
Up to three birds recorded on five dates all in the South.



Jacky Winter in the Chiltern State Forest.

CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT Falcunculus frontatus
Four seen on the 28th July and 2 on the 29th in the Chiltern State Forest.

OLIVE WHISTLER Pachycephala olivacea
A brief view of a single bird in the coastal scrub along the Great Ocean Road on the 14th Aug.

GILBERT`S WHISTLER Pachycephala inornata
A female seen on the 3rd Aug at the Little Desert Nat.Park, a male seen on the 7th Aug at Yarrara Floral Reserve and six males several singing at Lake Gilles Conservation Park on the 12th Aug.


Male Gilbert’s Whistler at the Yarrara Floral Reserve.

GOLDEN WHISTLER Pachycephala pectoralis
Odd birds recorded on seven dates in the South.

GREY WHISTLER Pachycephala simplex
One seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs and two seen on the 25th Aug at Waterfall Creek.

RUFOUS WHISTLER Pachycephala rufiventris
Singles seen on the 9th,and 11th Aug with 3 on the 23rd Aug and 2 on the 26th Aug.

SANDSTONE SHRIKE THRUSH Colluricincla woodwardi
A singing male seen on the escarpment at Victoria River Crossing on the 24th Aug and one seen on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek on the 25th Aug.

GREY SHRIKE-THRUSH Colluricincla harmonica
Recorded on twelve dates in small numbers and seen in both the North and South.

CRESTED BELLBIRD Oreoica gutturalis
One seen on the 5th  and 2 on the 6th Aug in the mallee at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat. Park.

BROAD-BILLED FLYCATCHER Myiagra ruficollis
A superb adult showed well in trees at the end of the broadwalk at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

LEADEN FLYCATCHER Myiagra rubecula
Only seen in the North, with a male on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs and a pair on the 23rd Aug at Chinaman Creek.



Male Leaden Flycatcher at Chinaman Creek.

SHINING FLYCATCHER Myiagra alecto
A beautiful female seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs and a pair there on the 27th Aug.

RESTLESS FLYCATCHER Myiagra inquieta
Seen on four dates in the North with 4 on the 23rd Aug

GREY FANTAIL Rhipidura fuliginosa
Odd birds recorded on six dates in the South.

NORTHERN FANTAIL Rhipidura rufiventris
Single birds seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point Reserve and the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

WILLIE WAGTAIL Rhipidura leucophrys
Very common and recorded virtually daily even in the stony desert.

EASTERN WHIPBIRD Psophodes olivaceus
A number heard calling in the South East at different localities and 2 were seen at Dharug Nat.Park on the 25th July.

CHIRRUPING WEDGEBILL Psophodes cristatus
Three seen on the 8th & 9th Aug in the stony desert with 25 on the 10th chiefly at Port Augustua Salt Bushes.


Chirruping Wedgebill at Port Augustua.

SPOTTED QUAIL-THRUSH Cinclosoma punctatum
A female showed well at Dharug Nat Park on 25th July.

CHESTNUT QUAIL-THRUSH Cinclosoma castanotum
Ten were seen including some fine males singing at Wyperfield Nat.Park on the 4th and two were seen on the 5th at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park.





Chestnut Quail Thrush at Wyperfield National Park.

CINNAMON QUAIL-THRUSH Cinclosoma cinnamomeum
Twelve of these stunning birds were found in the stony desert near Lyndhurst and along the Birdsville Track on the 10th Aug. They showed very well even allowing some photographs to be taken. One of the highlights of the trip.




Male Cinnamon Quail Thrushs along the Birdsville Track.



Female Cinnamon Quail Thrushs along the Birdsville Track.

GREY-CROWNED BABBLER Pomatostomus temporalis
Two seen on the 26th July on the drive to Deniliquin and three seen on the 27th near Deniliquin. Four seen on the 25th Aug on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek and one on the 26th.

WHITE-BROWED BABBLER Pomatostomus superciliosus
Recorded on eleven dates in small numbers all in the South.



White Browed Babblers in the Chiltern State Forest.

CHESTNUT CROWNED BABBLER Pomatostomus ruficeps
Four of these delightful birds were found at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park on the 6th Aug.




Chestnut Crowned Babblers were found at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

CLAMOROUS REED WARBLER Acrocephalus stentoreus
Just three seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.

TAWNY GRASSBIRD Megalurus timoriensis
A single bird was located at the end of the boardwalk at Fogg Dam on the 26th Aug.

LITTLE GRASSBIRD Megalurus gramineus
Singles were seen on the 27th July near Denlinquin and on the 31st July at Werribee Sewage Farm.

GOLDEN-HEADED CISTICOLA Cisticola exilis
Recorded on six dates with a daily maximum of 8 on the 31st July.

PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY-WREN Malurus coronatus
A superb male was taped into view behind the camp-site at the Victoria River Roadhouse on the 23rd & 24th Aug and was one of the highlights of this section of the trip. Considered by Collar as near-threatened.

Male Purple-crowned Fairy Wren at the Victoria River Roadhouse grounds.

SUPERB FAIRY-WREN Malurus cyaneus
Recorded in fair numbers on ten dates in the South. Many fine males were seen.



Superb Fairy Wren.

SPLENDID FAIRY-WREN Malurus splendens
Three seen on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park, five seen on the 6th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park and four seen at Port Gawler on the 7th Aug. Several fine males were seen.

VARIEGATED FAIRY-WREN Malurus lamberti
A party of 10 were seen at Little Desert Nat.Park on the 3rdAug which included 2 males.

WHITE-WINGED FAIRY-WREN Malurus leucopterus
Four were seen on the drive out into the stony desert on the 8th Aug, with 15 seen on both the 9th and 10th Aug. again in the stony desert around Lyndhurst.  Several stunning male birds were seen but none were that approachable and no photographs were obtained.

RED-BACKED FAIRY-WREN Malurus melanocephalus
Two parties totaling 12 birds were seen in the scrub at Timber Creek on the 23rd August. The males were in heavy moult.

MALLEE EMU-WREN Stipiturus mallee
Seven of these fine birds were located in the mallee on the 5th Aug. at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park on the 5th Aug. and one seen there the following day. Excellent views and photographs obtained and another highlight of the trip.




Mallee Emu Wren at Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

SOUTHERN EMU-WREN Stipiturus malachurus
After much searching, a single bird was located at Budderoo Nat.Park on the 23rd July.

STRIATED GRASSWREN Amytornis striatus
After many hours of searching the mallee at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat Park, we located a pair during the evening of the 6th Aug and these showed well for 10 minutes from down to a few yards.

THICK-BILLED GRASSWREN Amytornis textiles
A pair showed briefly in the stony desert near Leigh Creek on the 9th Aug. Considered by Collar as vulnerable

EASTERN BRISTLEBIRD Dasyornis brachypterus
One showed very well from down to a few feet on the footpath for 15 minutes at Barren Grounds Nat.Park on the 22nd July and 2 were seen there on the 23rd July. Considered by Collar as vulnerable.

RUFOUS BRISTLEBIRD Dasyornis broadbenti
One seen at Aireys Inlet on the lst Aug with 2 in this general area on the 2nd Aug and at least 7 in this coastal scrub area on the 14th Aug. Excellent views obtained as the birds ran along the pathways. Considered by Collar as vulnerable.



Rufous Bristlebird at Aireys Inlet.

PILOTBIRD Pycnoptilus floccosus
A single bird was taped out at the start of the entrance road to the Barren Grounds Nat.Reserve on the 23rd July. It showed well on the ground by the edge of the road on two occasions for several minutes.

ORIGMA Origma solitaria
A pair was located in shrubs and rocks along the Old North Road, Dharug Nat.Park on the 25th July and good views were obtained and were on show for at least 10 minutes.Considered by Collar as near-threatened.

WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN Sericornis frontalis
Recorded on eleven dates with a daily maximum of 10.


White-browed Scrubwren in the Chiltern State Forest.

SHY HYLACOLA Sericornis cautus
A single bird was taped into view on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park.



Shy Hylacola ( living up to its name as being shy), at Wyperfield National Park.

REDTHROAT Sericornis brunneus
After much searching in the salt bushes, a single bird was taped into view and photographed at Iron Knob salt bushes where it sang from the wire fence on the 12th Aug.

STRIATED CALAMANTHUS Sericornis fuliginosus
Two seen at Werribee Sewage Farm on the 31st July, with one on the 2nd Aug. in the coastal scrub along the Great Ocean Road, and four showed very well here allowing some good photographs on the 14th Aug.



Striated Calamanthus in the coastal scrub along the Great Ocean Road.

RUFOUS CALAMANTHUS Sericornis campestris
Three seen on the 9th Aug along the Strzelecki Track with singles on the 10th Aug in the salt bushes at Port Augustua and on the 12th Aug in the salt bushes at Iron Knob.


A distant Rufous Calmanthus at Port Augustua.

WEEBILL Smicrornis brevirostris
Small numbers recorded on five dates with a daily maximum of 6 on the 23rd Aug.

BROWN GERYGONE Gerygone mouki
A single bird seen in the Royal Nat.Park on the 21st July with 2 there on the 22nd July. Two on the 25th July at Dharug Nat.Park.

LARGE-BILLED GERYGONE Gerygone magnirostris
Three birds seen visting nests overhanging the lake at Howard Springs on the 27th Aug.

MANGROVE GERYGONE Gerygone laevigaster
Two seen in the mangroves at the Elizabeth River Crossing on the 22nd Aug.

GREEN-BACKED GERYGONE Gerygone chloronota
Just a single bird seen at East Point on the 22nd Aug

BROWN THORNBILL Acanthiza pusilla
Fair numbers recorded on twelve dates in the South with a daily maximum of 12 on the 21st July.

INLAND THORNBILL Acanthiza p. apicalis
This distinctive race of Brown Thronbill was recorded on four dates with a daily maximum of 10 on the 4th Aug. at Wyperfield Nat.Park.

CHESTNUT-RUMPED THORNBILL Acanthiza uropygialis
Four seen on the 27th July near Deniliquin, two on the 29th July at the Chiltern State Forest, two on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park and six on the 6th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park.

BUFF-RUMPED THORNBILL Acanthiza reguloides
Only identified on the lst Aug at Geelong when three were seen but probably overlooked at other sites.

SLENDER-BILLED THORNBILL Acanthiza iredalei
Four seen in the samphire at Port Gawler on the 7th Aug. Considered by Collar as vulnerable.

YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Recorded on nine dates in fair numbers.

YELLOW THORNBILL Acanthiza nana
Recorded on six dates in small numbers.

STRIATED THORNBILL Acanthiza lineata
Five seen on the 22nd July and one on the 23rd at the Barren Grounds Nat.Reserve, and two on the 25th July at Dharug  Nat.Park were the only ones identified but others were probably missed.

SOUTHERN WHITEFACE Aphelocephala leucopsis
Three seen on the 26th and 27th July near Deniliquin with one on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park,four on the 6th, 7th and 8th at various localities.


Southern Whiteface near Deniliquin.

CHESTNUT-BREASTED WHITEFACE Aphelocephala pectoralis
After virtually searching all day in the heat, a pair were located along the Strzelecki Track (28Kms stop) carrying nest material and good views and photographs obtained on the 9th Aug. Considered by Collar as vulnerable with some evidence of a recent decline in numbers.




Chestnut Breasted Whiteface carrying nesting material along the Strzelecki Track.

VARIED SITTELLA Daphoenositta chrysoptera
A single bird seen on the 27th July near Deniliquin and a party of six were seen in the Chiltern State Forest on the 29th July.


Varied Sittella in the Chiltern State Forest.

WHITE-THROATED TREECREEPER Cormobates leucophaea
Recorded on eight dates with a daily maximum of five.

WHITE-BROWED TREECREEPER Climacteris affinis
Third Trip
A pair showed well at the Yarrara Floral Reserve on the 7th August.


White-browed Treecreeper at the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

BROWN TREECREEPER Climacteris picumnus
Recorded on eight dates with a daily maximum of six.


Brown Treecreeper in Wyperfield National Park.

RUFOUS TREECREEPER Climacteris rufa
Five seen on the 12th Aug at the Lake Gilles Conservation Park.

RED WATTLEBIRD Anthochaera carunculata
Very common in the South and recorded on 18 dates with a daily maximum of 50+.

BRUSH WATTLEBIRD Anthochaera chrysoptera
Recorded on six dates but only in small numbers with a daily maximim of 10.

SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER Acanthagenys rufogularis
Recorded on twelve dates with a daily maximum of eight on the 10th Aug.


Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater on the Barren Grounds.

HELMETED FRIARBIRD Philemon buceroides
One seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point with eight on the 25th Aug and six on the 26th at Waterfall Creek and three on the 27th Aug at Howard Springs.

SILVER-CROWNED FRIARBIRD Philemon argenticeps
Twenty seen on the 24th Aug on the escarpment trial at Victoria River Crossing, with ten on the 25th and six on the 26th Aug on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.




Silvery-crowned Friarbird on the Victoria River Crossing.

NOISY FRIARBIRD Philemon corniculatus
One hundred were seen in the early morning on the 26th July moving through our campsite.

LITTLE FRIARBIRD Philemon citreogularis
Small numbers recorded on four dates but only seen on one date in the South.

REGENT HONEYEATER Xanthomyza phrygia
Two of these fine Honeyeaters were seen on the 28th & 29th July in the Chiltern State Forest. Considered by Collar as endangered and the total population may be fewer than 1,000 birds
Sadly this species is now facing extinction.


Regent Honeyeater in the Chiltern State Forest.

BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER Entomyzon cyanotis
Recorded on two dates in the South and on four dates in the North with a daily maximum of 10.

BELL MINER Manorina melanophrys
Six seen on the 30th July at Listerfield.


Bell Miner at Listerfield.
NOISY MINER Manorina melanocephala
Common and widespread in the South, recorded on twelve dates with a maximum of 50 on a day.


Looking down on two Noisy Miners in the Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

YELLOW-THROATED MINER Manorina flavigula
Eight seen near Denlinquin on the 27th July and just 2 seen on the 25th Aug  at Waterfall Creek.

LEWIN`S HONEYEATER Meliphaga lewinii
Up to five recorded on five dates.

WHITE-LINED HONEYEATER Meliphaga albilineata
Just two seen with a flock of Banded and Dusky Honeyeaters on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek on the 26th Aug.

YELLOW FACED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus chrysops
Odd birds recorded on four dates but upto 30 seen on the 3rd Aug at Little Desert Nat.Park.

SINGING HONEYEATER Lichenostomus virescens
Recorded on twelve dates with a daily maximum of ten on the 9th Aug.


Singing Honeyeater at Bool Lagoon.

WHITE-EARED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus leucotis
Recorded on eight dates in the South with a daily maximum of twenty on the 3rd Aug.



White-eared Honeyeater at Wyperfield National Park.

YELLOW-TUFTED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus melanops
Two seen on the 25th July at Dharug Nat.Park with 60 seen on the 28th and 70 seen on the 29th July at the Chiltern State Forest.



Yellow Tufted Honeyeaters in the Chiltern State Forest

YELLOW PLUMED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus ornatus
Four seen on the 3rd at the Little Desert Nat. Park and forty seen on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat. Park, Upto 50 on the 5th and 20 on the 6th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat. Park and 20 on the 12th Aug at Lake Gilles Conservation Park.


Yellow-plumed Honeyeater at Wyperfield National Park.


White Plumed Honeyeater in the Chiltern State Forest.

GREY-FRONTED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus plumulus
Four seen coming into drink at Chinaman Creek during the early morning of the 23rd Aug.

YELLOW-TINTED HONEYEATER Lichenostomus flavescens
Up to 6 seen at Chinaman Creek coming into drink and 30 seen at Timber Creek on the 23rd Aug with 2 seen at Victoria River Crossing on the 24th Aug.



Yellow-tinted Honeyeater coming into drink at Timber Creek

.BLACK CHINNED HONEYEATER Melithreptus gularis
Just a single bird seen very well and photographed on the 29th July at the Chiltern State Forest.



Black-chinned Honeyeater in the Chiltern State Forest.

BROWN HEADED HONEYEATER Melithreptus brevirostris
Recorded on six dates but only in small numbers with a daily maximum of 8 on the 12th Aug.

WHITE-THROATED HONEYEATER Melithreptus albogularis
Only seen in the North when up to 10 on a day were seen on four dates.

WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER Melithreptus lunatus
Recorded on five dates in the South with a daily maximum of 20 on the 28th July.


White Naped Honeyeater at the Chiltern State Forest.

BROWN HONEYEATER Lichmera indistincta
Not seen in the South but very common in the North when upto 50 on a day were being seen.

TAWNY CROWNED HONEYEATER Phylidonyris melanops
Two seen on the 3rd Aug. at Little Desert Nat. Park and one on the 4th at Wyperfield Nat.Park. Two seen on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park and two on the 14th Aug in the coastal scrub along the Great Ocean Road.

 A distant Tawny-crowned Honeyeater in the coastal scrub along the Great Ocean Road.

NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Recorded in good numbers near to the coast on eight dates with a maximum of 100 at the Barren Grounds on the 23rd July.

WHITE-FRONTED HONEYEATER Phylidonyris albifrons
Four seen on the 3rd Aug at Little Desert Nat.Park and five on the 5th Aug at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park.

BAR-BREASTED HONEYEATER Ramsayornis fasciatus
One seen at East Point on the 22nd Aug and excellent views with some good photographs obtained of a flock of 15 feeding in flowering eucalypyus at Timber Creek on the 23rd Aug.




Bar-breasted Honeyeater at Timber Creek.

RUFOUS-BANDED HONEYEATER Conopophila albogularis
Three seen at East Point on the 22nd Aug and six seen on the 26th Aug at Fogg Dam.


Rufous-banded Honeyeater at East Point.

RUFOUS-THROATED HONEYEATER Conopophila rufogularis
Seen on four dates in the North with a daily maximum of 15 on the 23rd Aug.

EASTERN SPINEBILL Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Recorded on seven dates with a daily maximum of 25 on the 23rd July at the Barren Grounds.

BANDED HONEYEATER Certhionyx pectoralis
An adult male of this attractive species was seen on the 23rd Aug at Chinaman Creek on the 23rd Aug, with a female on the 25th Aug on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek and 12 were seen here in a mixed flock of Honeyeaters on the 26th.


Adult male Banded Honeyeater at Waterfall Creek.

DUSKY HONEYEATER Myzomela obscura
Two seen on the 22nd Aug in the mangroves at the Elizabeth River Crossing, one seen on the 25th Aug and six seen on the 26th on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.

RED-HEADED HONEYEATER Myzomela erythrocephala
Only seen in the mangroves, with one on the 22nd Aug at Elizabeth River Crossing, two on the 26th Aug. at the Adelaide River Crossing and four on the 27th again at the Elizabeth River Crossing.

WHITE-FRONTED CHAT Ephthianura albifrons
Recorded on five dates with a daily maximum of 10.



White Fronted Chat at Werribee Sewage Farm.
GIBBERBIRD Ashbyia lovensis
Four seen in the stony desert along the Birdsville Track on the 10th Aug.



Gibberbird along the Birdsville Track.

MISTOLEBIRD Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Two seen on the 9th Aug at Leigh Creek, two on the 12th Aug at Lake Gilles Conservation Park and two on the 23rd Aug at Chinaman Creek.

SPOTTED PARDALOTE Pardalotus punctatus
Just two singles seen, the first on the 25th July at Dharug Nat.Park and the second on the 1st Aug at Distillery Creek.

YELLOW-RUMPED PARDALOTE Pardalotus xanthopygus
Seen on four dates in the mallee. Four on the 4th Aug at Wyperfield Nat.Park, one on the 5th Aug. and 2 on the 6th at Hattah-Kulknye Nat.Park and one on the 12th Aug at Lake Gilles.

RED-BROWED PARDALOTE Pardalotus rubricatus
Singles seen on the escarpment at the Victoria River Crossing and  at the Ferguson River Crossing on the 24th Aug.

STRIATED PARDALOTE Pardalotus striatus
Six seen on the 5th and four on the 6th Aug. at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park and three seen on the 12th Aug at Lake Gilles Conservation Park. The birds seen on the first two dates had red tips.


Striated Pardalote at the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

YELLOW WHITE-EYE Zosterops lutea
Just two seen on the 22nd Aug at East Point Reserve.

SILVEREYE Zosterops lateralis
Recorded on seven dates in the South with a daily maximum of 25 on the 11th Aug.

EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis
Recorded on four dates with a maximum of 70 on the 31st July in the Geelong area.

HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
Recorded on 15 dates in the South but not seen in the North.

DIAMOND FIRETAIL Stagonopleura guttata
Singles seen on the 28th July in the Chiltern State Forest and on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park.


Diamond Firetail in the Chiltern State Forest.
BEAUTIFUL FIRETAIL Emblema bellum
Two of these fine finches were located at the Barren Grounds on the 23rd July.

CRIMSON FINCH Neochmia phaeton
Twelve seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs, two seen on the 23rd Aug  at Chinaman Creek and two seen at Timber Creek on the 26th Aug.


Crimson Finch at Timber Creek.

RED-BROWED FIRETAIL Neochmia temporalis
Eight seen in the Royal Nat.Park on the 21st July and ten seen on the 25th July at Dharug Nat.Park.

ZEBRA FINCH Taeniopygia guttata
Six seen near Deniliquin on the 27th July and upto 70 seen in the Stony Desert near Leigh Creek on the 9th Aug.

DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH Taeniopygia bichenovii
Only seen in the North where it proved to be common and was seen daily with a maximum of twenty.


Double Barred Finch at Timber Creek.

MASKED FINCH Poephila personata
One seen on the 22nd Aug  on the drive to Pine Creek, 8 on the 23rd at Chinaman Creek and Timbercreek, four on the 25th, and three on the 26th on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.



Masked Finch at Timber Creek.

LONG-TAILED FINCH Poephila acuticauda
Twenty  seen coming to drink on the drive to Victoria River Crossing with ten drinking on the lawns at Timbercreek on the 23rd Aug, ten on the 25th and eight on the 26th on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek.


            Long-tailed Finches drinking at a road-side stop en-route to the Victoria River Crossing.



Long-tailed Finches (with a Masked Finch in the background) .

CHESTNUT-BREASTED MANNIKIN Lonchura castaneothorax
Just a party of six seen at East Point Reserve on the 22nd Aug.

COMMON STARLING Sturnus vulgaris
Recorded virtually daily but only in the South.

COMMON MYNAH Acridotheres tristis
Recorded on six dates in the South chiefly near habitation.

YELLOW ORIOLE Oriolus flavocinctus
Ten recorded on the 22nd Aug at East Point with two seen on the 26th at Fogg Dam.

OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE Oriolus sagittatus
Singles seen on the 25th July at Dharug Park and on the 27th July near Deniliquin.

FIGBIRD Sphecotheres viridis
Eight seen on the 22nd Aug chiefly at East Point.


Figbird at East Point.

SPANGLED DRONGO Dicurus bracteatus
Two seen on the 22nd Aug at Howard Springs, four seen on the 25th Aug and six seen on the 26th at Waterfall Creek.

SATIN BOWERBIRD Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Four seen on the 25th July at Mitchell Park and a superb flock of 70 (no adult males) seen in a caravan park at the Victoria Alps on the 29th July.

GREAT BOWERBIRD Chlamydera nuchalis
Recorded on five dates in the North with a daily maximum of 20 on the 23rd Aug.


Great Bowerbird looking for water at Timber Creek.

GREEN CATBIRD Ailuroedus crassirostris
Three seen in the Royal Nat. Park on the 22nd July.

WHITE-WINGED CHOUGH Corcorax melanorhamphos
Recorded in good numbers on ten dates with a daily maximum of 80 on the 7th Aug.



White Winged Choughs at Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

APOSTLEBIRD Struthidea cinerea
Recorded on five dates in the South and one date in the North with a daily maximum of 60 on the 26th July.



Apostlebirds at Hattah-Kulkyne Nature Reserve.

AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE-LARK Grallina cinerea
Very common, recorded virtually daily in both the North and the South.


.Australian Magpie-Lark near Darwin.

WHITE -BREASTED WOODSWALLOW Artamus leucorhynchus
Fifteen seen on the 22nd Aug and 30 seen on the 23rd Aug at several locations.

BLACK-FACED WOODSWALLOW Artamus cinereus
Recorded on nine dates in both the North and South with a daily maximum of 20 on the 23rd Aug.



Black-faced Wood-Swallows near Port Gawler.

DUSKY WOODSWALLOW Artamus cyanopterus
Twenty seen on the 5th Aug but only 3 on the 6th at Hattah-Kulkyne Nat.Park, four on the 11th Aug at Lincoln Nat.Park and four on the 12th at Lake Gilles Conservation Park.



Dusky Wood-Swallow at Hattah-Kulkyne Naional Park.

LITTLE WOODSWALLOW Artamus minor
Disappointment at not finding this species on the escarpment at Waterfall Creek, I was therefore delighted to see a party of five flying through open woodland near a cliff-face on the drive out from Waterfall Creek on the 26th Aug.

GREY BUTCHERBIRD Cracticus torquatus
Up to six recorded on ten dates in the South.


Grey Butcherbird in the campsite at Hattah Kulkyne National Park.

PIED BUTCHERBIRD Cracticus nigrogularis
Up to 4 recorded on seven dates in both the North and South.

AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE Gymnorhina tibicen
Very common and recorded in large numbers virtually daily in the South but surprisingly not seen at all in the North.


Australian Magpie.
PIED CURRAWONG Strepera graculina
Recorded in fair numbers on thirteen dates in the South with a daily maximum of twenty.


Pied Currawong at the Barren Grounds.

GREY CURRAWONG Strepera versicolor
Odd birds recorded on just six dates in the South, chiefly seen in the mallee areas.

AUSTRALIAN RAVEN Corvus coronoides
The commonest corvid seen in the South and recorded in good numbers virtually daily.

FOREST RAVEN Corvus tasmanicus
Eight seen in the forest at Distillery Creek on the 2nd Aug and best identified by call.

LITTLE RAVEN Corvus mellori
Recorded on eleven dates with upto 50+ on a day but probably overlooked.

LITTLE CROW Corvus bennetti
Only identified on a total of 6 dates, with a maximum of 50 on the 13th at Northcliffe.

TORRESIAN CROW Corvus orru
The only corvid in the far North West and seen in good numbers on all days in this area.


Torresian Crow near Darwin

REFERENCES
Collar et al   Birds to Watch 2 The World List of Threatened Birds.
Juniper & Parr A Guide to Parrots of the World.
Simpson & Day   Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (The order and names taken from this).
Thomas & Thomas   The complete guide to finding the Birds of Australia.