Sunday, 23 April 2017

Broome Roadtrip 08

It wasn't all parrots at SRR. There were plenty of other birds too. And all of these in the views of the Stirling Ranges just a few kilometres away to the south. Highly recommended spot.

A selection of grass trees, both far and near.

Then there were the birds ....
Finally, a relatively decent pic of a Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Not sure what this is. Same bird as immediately below.
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontages leucogaster. Now a full species
Gilbert's Honeyeater Melithreptus whitlocki Has recently been split from White-naped HE
White-winged Triller Lalage suerii 
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus assimilis The western race
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa preissi The western race
And finally, some nice pics of the Western Spinebill Acanthorynchus superciliosus.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Broome Roadtrip 07

Stirling Range Retreat is an excellent place to stay. Unpowered campsites through to mud-brick, self-contained cottages, all set in acres of bush within sight of the Stirling Ranges. Birds are not the only attraction in the vicinity. The flora is special too -- wildflowers and orchids are a speciality. I confined myself to the birds, getting up before dawn and walking the tracks of the Retreat. I had a few target birds. Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot.

I was there in late November towards the end of the grain harvest. This means grain trucks [semis and B-doubles] and thus plenty of grain lying on roadsides. My first morning walk took me out onto the main road at about 06hr30. Just a few parroty birds further down the road so I did a bit of stalking and, to my delight, found RCP, EP, Regent Parrots and Ringnecks all together. I tried very hard to get all four species in one photo but three was the limit. Tick. Tick.

Australian Ringneck, Regent Parrot, Regent Parrot, Red-capped Parrot, Ringneck, Red-capped Parrot.

Red-capped Parrots Purpureicephalus spurius, male
Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius, male
Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius, female/juvenile?
Regent Parrots Polytelis anthopeplus, female L, male R 
Regent Parrots Polytelis anthopeplus, female front, male back
Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus, male
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, male
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans, female

Monday, 17 April 2017

Broome Roadtrip 06

After the Baudins came lunchtime in Narrogin. I had a good look at some Western Magpies, the race dorsalis of our Australian Magpie, Cracticus tibicen. The Victorian race, tyrannica, is the White-Backed Magpie.
Black-backed Magpie, Cracticus tibicen dorsalis.
 Youngster on left, dad on right 
This is mum.
Black back feathers, edged in white, forming a contrasting scalloped pattern.
[Pizzey & Knight]
Close up of same.

Then it was on to the Dryandra Woodlands where I camped for a night.

Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufus
Spotted Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis maculatus
The western race of the White-browed Scrubwren.
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca
Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor plumbea
Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
I had been wanting to tick the Purple-crowned Lorikeet for a long while now and Dryandra gave me the opportunity to do so. They are not the slowest flyers around so to get some on the ground was providential.

Next stop -- Stirling Range.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Broome Roadtrip 05

Next stop was the Stirling Ranges and Stirling Range Retreat specifically. On my way down there, I acted upon some local information [thanks Deb] and drove the road from Donnybrook to Boyup Brook and return; twice. This was my best chance of seeing Baudin's Black-Cockatoo. The idea was to drive as slow as practicable with the windows open listening out for the calls. And that is what happened. A small flock of 8-10 were feeding/resting in a patch of bush on the old railway easement on the roadside near Mumballup. A quick pullover, jump out and I was able to take plenty of photos after a good long look with the bins. Yippee. Tick.